Hammers Boss Slaven Bilic Admits He Is 'Disappointed' & 'Frustrated' Following Leicester Defeat
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare is confident his Champions League heroes will be able to win their battle for Premier League survival.
"There is no secret, just hard work, endeavour and resilience, and we showed that today", he said.
"We have important league games before the Champions League game with Atletico Madrid".
Manuel Lanzini got the home side back into the game with a quick reply, but Jamie Vardy netted before the break to put the Foxes firmly back in control.
"We knew we were coming here on the back of an bad away record and we wanted to put it right". We have to assess them next couple of days.
More urgency was required, and as the half progressed, this is what West Ham produced as they began to dominate the game.
Leicester: Schmeichel 7, Simpson 6, Benalouane 6, Huth 7, Fuchs 6, Mahrez 8 (Chilwell, 87 6), Drinkwater 7, Ndidi 7, Albrighton 7, Okazaki 6 (Musa, 76 5), Vardy 7 (Slimani, 76 5).
Two minutes later, from a Leicester free-kick, Marc Albrighton clipped the ball into the box with the outside of his boot and the unmarked Huth nodded in the second.
Manuel Lanzini and Andre Ayew were on target for West Ham.
The Hammers continued to knock at the door, but missed opportunities by Ayew and strike partner Andy Carroll kept the Foxes in front to the end.
"Better days will come, I'm sure of it".
Slaven Bilic will have a hip replacement at the end of the season, a effect of his playing career that he was surprised had reached the public domain, but the West Ham United manager's greatest pain at the moment is his disjointed defence. "He is probably going to be withdrawn - that's what the medical team told me from England", Bilic said.
However the Hammers did not show any sign of improving their early game defensive frailties as they conceded three goals in the first half.
"The first was very sloppy from us and then two set-pieces which we know they are good at - we can't concede goals like that". Maybe the last half an hour was one of our best performances this season and we did everything but the ball just didn't want to go in. I mean, we are in the last eight of the Champions League, who ever thought, who ever could have pictured that Leicester would be there?