We picked up where we left off against Wolves last weekend with another impressive display to end Leicester’s 100% winning start to the season.
Boss David Moyes was again absent from the touchline as he continues to recover from coronavirus, but as in last weekend’s 4-0 victory, it did not hamper us as we offered an excellent balance of graft and guile.
Ruthless on the break, we did a similar job on Leicester to the one the Foxes did in their brilliant 5-2 win at Manchester City seven days prior. Michail Antonio scored the first, heading in at the back post from Aaron Cresswell’s pinpoint cross from deep after the striker had himself found his team-mate with a quickly taken free-kick.
Cresswell also assisted the second, but the credit was due more to a wonderful first touch and calm finish from Pablo Fornals, than the defender’s long ball forward.
But for a solid block from Caglar Soyuncu to repel a Jarrod Bowen shot, and a sliding Jonny Evans intervention to stop the ball finding an unmarked and well-placed Antonio, we would have been further ahead before half-time.
In the second half, the brilliant Declan Rice struck the crossbar with a shot from inside the box following a driving run from deep before Bowen sealed the win with a neat finish after collecting a through-ball from Fornals.
For all their possession and territory, Leicester failed to produce a single shot on target, with their misery compounded when Jamie Vardy was flagged offside to rule out a Harvey Barnes finish in added time.
After years of persisting with expensive but ineffective attacking players, we appear to have hit upon a winning formula in Antonio, Fornals and Bowen – a potent combination of speed, skill, intelligence and willing pressing.
“From start to finish the players did a fantastic job in and out of possession. It was everything we asked for. It is all well and good to do this on the training ground but they have to make it happen [in the game]. Everyone did a fantastic job. This club needs to be looking up rather than down. Too often we have been looking over our shoulder. I’m not saying we are there yet but we are making steps towards that. We should have got something at Arsenal and [the result at] Wolves was great, but it doesn’t matter much if you don’t follow it up.”West Ham assistant boss Alan Irvine to BBC Sport