With stressful times firmly around them, West Ham United required a performance that would ease their fears of being drawn into a relegation fight all the way to season’s end. And they received just that Saturday, with a resounding 2-0 victory against Leicester at the KingPower Stadium.
It was as perfectly scripted as David Moyes could have hoped for, as the Hammers capitalized off a dreary, dismissal performance from the hosts with the efficiency and clinical nature required of a team making sure not to have late season’s high drama.
A first half dominated by West Ham was rewarded with Joao Mario’s goal in the 34th minute, coming off of great set-up play by Arthur Masuaku and Marko Arnautovic. It was a simple tap in for the Portuguese star, which came off the back of Arnautovic rattling the crossbar with a terrific hit moments ago.
Despite the Foxes starting the second half much better than the first, Adrian was never really tested in front of goal as the Hammers soon regained control of the match. And they would ensure their Premier League survival in such terrific fashion, with captain Mark Noble delivering a perfect swing volley from distance in the 64th minute. It was truly a special goal and one that will have the Hammers in full party mode tonight.
With the last season drama thankfully gone, the Hammers will have a stress free kickaround next weekend, when they host likely Premier League runners up Manchester United at the London Stadium.