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Late Dawson header saves point for West Ham and extends Leicester’s poor run of form

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West Ham’s week of controversy ended with some relief after Craig Dawson scored a late equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw against Leicester.

Dawson salvaged a point in the first minute of added time, bundling home a corner, which seemed to come off of his shoulder.

Dawson bundled the ball home in added time

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Dawson bundled the ball home in added time

Pereira thought he’d won it for Leicester

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Pereira thought he’d won it for Leicester

Jarrod Bowen put the Hammers ahead after ten minutes, slotting in his eighth Premier League goal of the season.

Youri Tielemans‘ 45th-minute penalty equalised before Ricardo Pereira’s header appeared to clinch Leicester’s first win in five in all competitions.

Kurt Zouma had to drop out of the starting XI after it was reported he was feeling sick and was suffering with problems with his vision before kick-off.

The defender was surrounded by controversy this week, having abused a cat and has since been fined two weeks’ wages.


West Ham seemed unaffected however and settled quickly before taking a 10th-minute 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.

Leicester, short of confidence after three defeats in their last four including a hammering at 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 Aaron Cresswell handled as he tried to head away James Maddison’s corner on the edge of the six-yard box.

Rodgers will be feeling the pressure after another game they failed to win

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Rodgers will be feeling the pressure after another game they failed to win

Zouma was warming up when he began feeling unwell

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Zouma was warming up when he began feeling unwell

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

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

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 Barnes’ 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.

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