Leicester victory keeps West Ham in contention for top-two finish


WEST Ham remain in the hunt for automatic promotion to the Premier League after winning 2-1 at Leicester to close to within two points of second-placed Southampton.

Striker Jermaine Beckford headed the Foxes in front just after the half-hour mark but defender Winston Reid equalised just five minutes later with a neat finish from inside the six-yard box, and midfielder Jack Collison scored an impressive 58th-minute winner with a powerful low drive beyond goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Manager Sam Allardyce said afterwards that he was pleased with the win and that the result puts pressure on Southampton.

“I think it was a deserved victory,” he said. “It should have been by more but we squandered too many simple chances, which left us a little nervous towards the end. We’ll have to do our job on Saturday and hope that Coventry can do a little bit at Southampton.”

West Ham must beat Hull on Saturday and hope that Southampton fail to defeat Coventry to stand any chance of a top-two finish.