It proved to be another frustrating Saturday afternoon for West Ham, as they were unavailable to comeback from a disastrous early 2-0 deficit to lose 3-2 to rejuvenated Leicester City.
After a promising early few minutes, utter disaster struck again for the Hammers in the span of eleven minutes. Riyad Mahrez’s cross into the box was allowed to skip past Jose Fonte and Darren Randolph for the opening goal in the fifth minute. Less than 120 seconds, the Hammers were suddenly down 2-0, when Robeth Huth headed home a Marc Albrighton free kick delivery.
And when captain for the day Winston Reid went off with a bad hamstring pull in the 16th minute, it was an opening of hell for a team in need of a victory.
Reid would not only be the latest Hammer to suffer another injury this season, as solid holding midfielder Pedro Obiang had to be stretched off in the 67th minute with a possible groin injury.
Bilic’s side would display fight, as Manuel Lanzini produced a wonderful free kick goal in the 20th minute. But another woeful moment of set piece defending lead to West Ham conceding a third shortly after, as Jamie Vardy finished off a corner kick in the 38rd minute.
The Hammer would get a second, when Andy Carroll headed a corner back to the head of Andre Ayew in the 63rd minute to make it 2-3. And the hosts showed great intent on getting an equalizer with a barrage of attacks, only to be foiled repeatedly by the excellent Kasper Schmeichel.
The Hammers hope for a 180 reversal of form in the month of April, as they will face off against another side below them in the table, Hull City, two weeks after the annual March international break.