English Premier League

David Moyes off the mark with first point as West Ham draw against Leicester

Kouyate strike cancels out Albrighton opener in Premier League stalemate at the London Stadium

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 November, 2017, 10:45am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 November, 2017, 10:45am

David Moyes saw West Ham secure a first point of his reign as the struggling Premier League side’s manager in a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester on Friday.

The hosts fell behind early on at the London Stadium to a goal from Marc Albrighton before Cheikhou Kouyate equalised on the stroke of half-time.

West Ham remain in the relegation zone on goal difference ahead of the remainder of this weekend’s fixtures in English football’s top flight.

But the fight they showed helped restore relations between the club and their fans, who turned on the board and players following a miserable defeat at Watford.

“It was a start for us tonight,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “The fans were fantastic, after all the negatives we heard, it was the opposite.

“When you come to play West Ham over the years, it has been a tough place to come with a tough crowd, they did that tonight. They got right behind the players and the players gave them something back.

“The players have set the standards today, but that only got us a draw. We need to keep that up if we want to get more from games.”

The draw saw Leicester move up into 11th place in the Premier League table.

“We will come away happy with a point, we knew it would be a tough game,” said Albrighton. “A point is fair.”