Leicester 2 West Ham 2: Foxes turn corner, then concede from it

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Craig Dawson scores from a corner

Leicester came from behind but conceded a last-minute goal from a set-piece to draw with West Ham.

Kurt Zouma was named in the Hammers’ starting line-up for the second time after footage emerged of him abusing his pet cat, but the central defender was withdrawn after complaining of illness in the warm-up.

Issa Diop replaced him and assisted the opening goal after ten minutes, sending Jarrod Bowen through for the forward to finish confidently.

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The home fans feared the worst but Leicester slowly grew into the game and equalised from the penalty spot when Youri Tielemans converted after an Aaron Cresswell handball.

Ricardo Pereira completed the comeback with a diving header just before the hour mark to finish a back-post cross from Harvey Barnes, as the Foxes closed in on a first Premier League win since December 28.

But Craig Dawson salvaged a point for the Champions League-chasing Hammers by getting the decisive touch on a stoppage-time corner with his upper arm.

West Ham seemed unaffected by their controversial week and settled quickly before taking an early lead.

Diop lofted the ball forward and Leicester’s defence was caught napping as Bowen controlled before firing a left-footed drive across Kasper Schmeichel for his ninth Premier League goal of the season.

It was in-form Bowen’s seventh goal in as many games, making it 12 in all competitions.

Leicester, short of confidence after three defeats in their last four including a hammering at Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, struggled early on and supporters were quick to show their frustration with pockets of boos around King Power Stadium.

The home side gradually improved to lift their fans, however.

Tielemans and Harvey Barnes were both off target with angled shots from distance as Leicester sought an equaliser.

That came in the 45th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Cresswell handled as he tried to head away James Maddison’s corner on the edge of the six-yard box.

Tielemans confidently drove the spot kick low to the right of Lukasz Fabianski, who guessed correctly but was beaten by the power and accuracy.

Leicester began the second half with much more purpose than they started the first and soon put West Ham under pressure.

Leicester celebrate

Barnes was the dangerman, with one of his several crosses leading to Leicester’s second goal. Patson Daka was fractionally too late sliding in to convert the winger’s cross. But the next delivery was bang on the money, as Ricardo beat Cresswell to plant a bullet header into the top corner of the net.

Tielemans flashed a rising shot just wide as Leicester sought a third goal.

But after Hammers substitute Said Benrahma produced two efforts, the visitors salvaged a point when Bowen’s corner went in off Dawson’s upper arm, looping high into the net.