'West Ham paper over the cracks with win at Leicester'

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AT LAST... we can say we are safe! We travelled to The King Power Stadium needing a win to secure Premier League football for another season. Was it a huge win? Yes. Is it party time? No.

6th May 2018

It has been another negative, depressing, poor, abysmal, dull season where some players have let the club down, so it was up to the players to make amends and from the off we controlled the game. 

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Arthur Masuaku was lively from the off, driving up the left wing with and drilling crosses into Leicester's box to cause problems.

The pace and power of Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic was a joy to watch when we moved forward with the ball, being fed off the likes of Joao Mario and Mark Noble.

The Hammers were banging on the door and eventually the pressure paid off. Masuaku crossed to Arnie, who controlled and pulled it back for Mario to tap in from 5 yards.

It was a huge goal and a huge goal for Mario himself. He's come to us on loan and hasn't exactly lit up the whole fan base with his performances but you could tell by his celebration that it meant a lot to him to score.

We kept creating chances and Leicester looked like they were on their holidays. They were playing with low intensity which is something I don't like seeing, particularly when I've watched it for the last two years. 

Despite leading at the break, we knew there was a big second half to come.

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Leicester started to press but still struggled to register an official shot on target. We put pressure on ourselves at times and there was a heart in the mouth moment as Jamie Vardy was through on goal before Aaron Cresswell fell over and touched the ball so that Vardy couldn't get through.

Was it a clear goalscoring opportunity? No, as it was at an angle and clearly outside the box. Cresswell got a yellow while the Leicester players, including a theatrical Vardy, were up in arms.

We continued banging on Leicester's door, Arnautovic worked his socks off yet again and you felt we going to score soon. We had a poor free kick delivered into the box which got nodded away until BANG!

Noble scored arguably the best goal of his career with a 35-yard screamer low into the bottom-left corner.

It was unbelievable technique from Noble and it definitely meant a lot to him to score that goal and it was a great feeling when he game over and celebrated with the fans. 

We saw out the game and it was a big three points to secure another season in the Premier League. Does David Moyes deserve credit for this result? Kind of... but Leicester were there for the taking.

The win does definitely paper over the cracks as there are still endless problems at West Ham and the club needs a revamp from top to bottom.

It was good the travelling fans could enjoy a game of football in the sun and go back to east London breathing comfortably again until August when the stress of a West Ham fan is set to continue again. 

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