West Ham fell to a 3rd consecutive home defeat in all competitions to leave us only a point above the relegation zone.
It was simply a must-win encounter that David Moyes’ side started again badly to leave question marks over the managers future.
The reoccurring slow starts are now a theme for a season in which Moyes has failed to address, and again was costly as our Hammers were arguably the better side for many periods after.
Confidence, or the lack of, is evident as West Ham look a shadow of the side we have witnessed in recent years. The firepower and clinical edge again lacking as we head towards a season fighting for Premier League survival.
It would be harsh to suggest the performance was awful. It wasn’t. In fact for the majority West Ham had the better of Leicester. But the manor in which we allow teams to take control early is simply not improving.
Leicester came into the game with their tails up and our Irons void of confidence. Yet lessons from the season so far are not being addressed as a lethargic start proved pivotal once again as Leicester were ahead in under 10 mins.
A poor showing from the defence in lacking focus resulted in James Maddison smashing into the roof of the net when it could have been avoided.
Like most games we have recently witnessed this seems to be the trigger point to start, and that again it did with a sudden energy realised as West Ham chased the game for a leveller.
At the break is looked like it was the curtain call as Leicester were awarded a penalty, although Tielemans penalty was saved by Fabianski.
The second half was a different affair as we sought after a much needed leveller with purpose and thrust that has been so absent for large parts this season so far.
But despite some excellent build up play the end product was always lacking, with an anxiousness in our play when in the final stages.
West Ham were harshly further punished in the latter stages when Harvey Barnes wrapped up the win for the visitors to pile the pressure on David Moyes.
Three home defeats on the spin leaves our Hammers in a precarious position ahead of a long World Cup break, with high-flying Arsenal awaiting on Boxing Day.
The club remain behind Moyes, but there are question marks over how long that backing will last.