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West Ham get off the mark under David Moyes

HEAD BOY: Cheikhou Kouyate

TIME WILL tell how significant this point proves to be for David Moyes but he could at least take mild satisfaction from his first home match as West Ham manager.

The Scot saw his side concede from Leicester’s first credible foray forward but they rallied to see off a mutiny in the stands, even if they never quite found the craft to carve themselves a winner.

West Ham remain in the relegation zone - four points worse off that Claude Puel’s Foxes - heading into a daunting run of December fixtures and will need more of the commitment and resilience on show here if Moyes’ tenure is to have a happy ending.

The Scot had signalled his intent to turn over a new leaf by dropping club captain Mark Noble. His stated aim in reshuffling his pack was to introduce greater pace and urgency and, to Moyes’ credit, his charges displayed more vigour than in recent months under Slaven Bilic.

Their spirit even survived falling behind in the eighth minute. Demarai Gray controlled Christian Fuch’s throw-in as Pablo Zabaleta and Pedro Obiang floundered. The hosts were on the back foot as Gray knocked the ball to Wilfried Ndidi and the Nigerian pinged the ball into the left inside channel for the menacing Jamie Vardy, who already sensed the havoc he would cause on that side all evening.

The England forward’s low cut-back went through Angelo Ogbonna’s legs as Albrighton slid in to apply the finishing touch. It was indicative of Leicester’s superior passing, movement and all-round attacking threat.

There were moments when the Foxes could have added a quick second and West Ham nearly buckled as the home fans expressed their frustration. Yet those dissenting voices faded as they regained a foothold in this contest and West Ham’s equaliser on the cusp of half time was well deserved.

Leicester failed to cut out Manuel Lanzini’s wickedly in-swinging corner and Cheikhou Kouyate’s standing header that found the net via Danny Simpson’s shoulder. It was a concession to upset Puel every bit as much as his side’s opener would have galled Moyes.

With the sense that there were more goals to be had, the home support decided to get behind their team, although they were not to be rewarded with a winner.

Leicester often looked the more composed but West Ham posed a greater threat, which Puel seemed to acknowledge when bringing on the defensive Ben Chilwell for a stuttering Riyad Mahrez in the 70th minute.

Not that Moyes’ men subjected their opponents to any spells of sustained pressure.

Marko Arnautovic, having one of his better matches for the club, had already left the fray with a suspected knee injury and later on Arthur Masuaku would provoke audible groans when on a charge into the box he looked up, seemed to lose his concentration, and allowed the ball to trickle out of play.

The hosts’ greatest hope, particularly with Andy Carroll leading the line, was to capitalise from a set-piece.

The moment seemed to arrive in second half stoppage time when Winston Reid knocked on a corner for substitute Andre Ayew to execute a near-perfect overhead kick.Yet his shot cleared Kasper Schmeichel’s crossbar to make it honours even in east London.

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