David Moyes continues to suffer from mild symptoms of coronavirus but West Ham are in the rudest of health.
After demolishing Wolves in Moyes’ absence last week, they wrecked Leicester’s hopes of winning four in a row and climbing for the top of the Premier League.
First-half goals from Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals put them in control and Jarrod Bowen grabbed the third, on the break eight minutes from time, to extinguish Leicester’s hopes of a late comeback.
West Ham ended Leicester’s 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season with a win
Michail Antonio scored his 10th goal in 11 top-flight appearances to give West Ham the lead
Pablo Fornals then doubled the lead after controlling Aaron Creswell’s long ball and finishing
Bowen then sealed the win after finishing past Kasper Schmeichel after being set up by Fornals
Leicester (3-4-3): Schmeichel 6; Amartey 5 (Under 55 min, 5), Evans 6, Soyuncu 5.5; Castagne 6, Tielemans 6, Mendy 6 (Choudhury 88), Justin 6; Perez 5 (Iheanacho 63, 5), Vardy 5.5, Barnes 5
Subs not used: Fofana, Albrighton, Ward, Fuchs
Booked: Mendy, Evans
Manager: Brendan Rodgers 5
West Ham (3-4-2-1): Fabianski 6; Balbuena 6.5, Ogbonna 7, Cresswell 7; Coufal 6.5, Soucek 7, Rice 7.5, Masuaku 6.5; Bowen 7 (Noble 87), Fornals 7; Antonio 8 (Haller 87)
Subs not used: Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Lanzini, Johnson, Randolph
Booked: Fornals, Coufal
Goals: Antonio 14′, Fornals 34′, Bowen 83′
Manager: David Moyes 7.5
Referee: Andrew Madley
Leicester, having scored a dozen goals in their first three Premier League outings and five at Manchester City, rarely tested Lukasz Fabianski.
Jamie Vardy seemed certain to score when he was clean through with only Fabianski to beat in the last minute but he scooped the ball wide.
Harvey Barnes scored in stoppage time only to see the consolation ruled out by VAR for offside.
West Ham, in contrast, were potent. Antonio led the line brilliantly, creating chances and threatening Kasper Schmeichel.
It was their second win in the Premier League since Moyes and two players, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, tested positive for coronavirus almost two weeks ago.
Diop is back in training, although not involved at the King Power and, Cullen is close to completing a move to Anderlecht.
Moyes will follow the advice of the experts and stay away until he is back to normal but he must be enjoying watching his team from the comfort of home.
Antonio struck in the 14th minute, drifting in behind Caglar Soyuncu at the back post to meet Aaron Cresswell’s deep cross with a textbook header, planted firmly down and back across goal.
With it, he became the first West Ham player to score in five consecutive away games in the top flight since Mike Small in 1991. At this point, Antonio had scored West Ham’s last seven away goals in the Premier League.
Harvey Barnes had a late consolation goal ruled out for offside against Jamie Vardy
Alan Irvine stood in once again for David Moyes, who is displaying mild coronavirus symptoms
The Hammers took the lead when Antonio met Creswell’s cross to nod past Kasper Schmeichel
Pablo Fornals beat the offside trap and controlled a Creswell punt to double their advantage
They were solid at the back, where wing-back Vladimir Coufal enjoyed a solid debut, causing problems on the break and growing in confidence.
Soyuncu denied Jarrod Bowen with a desperate block before Fornals converted the second, bursting through Leicester’s defensive line to collect a towering up n under from Cresswell.
Fornals gathered the ball with an exquisite touch, did not break his stride and beat ‘keeper Schmeichel at his near post.
Jamie Vardy endured a frustrating afternoon and was kept quiet by the West Ham defence
Jonny Evans and the Leicester defence cut frustrated figures as they were opened up
Leicester started the second half brightly through Barnes but he snatched at a chance
Having scored a dozen in their first three Premier League games, Leicester could not muster a shot on target in the first half.
Leicester lost Daniel Amartey, one of their three central defenders, with what appeared to be a groin problem, early in the second half, and Brendan Rodgers used the setback as an opportunity to change shape.
It was a blow for Amartey, only recently back from two years blighted by injuries, but the home team were more fluent in a 4231 system.
Cengiz Under came on for his debut for Brendan Rodgers’s side after replacing Daniel Amartey
Antonio continued to cause problems for Caglar Soyuncu and Leicester with his runs forward
Vardy continued to be well marshalled by Angelo Ogbonna who gave an imperious display
Cengiz Under came on for his debut and Kelechi Iheanacho later replaced Ayoze Perez.
West Ham continued to resist, however, and threaten on the counter attack. Jonny Evans blocked a shot by Fornals and Schmeichel made saves from Antonio.
Declan Rice rattled the bar after a rampaging run from his own half, outpacing Nampalys Mendy as he carried the ball into the Leicester penalty box and unleashing a left-footer which flashed past Schmeichel and rebounded to safety.
Bowen made no mistake, however, when he was released by Fornals and West Ham moved onto six points.
And after sucking up a lot of pressure, West Ham broke and sealed the game through Bowen
It was the third time Schmeichel had been beaten in the Foxes’ defeat at the King Power
Vardy’s off day was summed up when he put a clear chance over Lukasz Fabianski but wide
And it was a hugely frustrating day for Brendan Rodgers’ side after beating Man City last week
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