Stoppage time penalty of Leonardo Ulloa saved a point for Leicester City in a contentious meeting with West Ham United as the Foxes went eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Jamie Vardy’s header from a lightning break provided leaders Leicester the lead in the 18th minute – however he was then sent off later on getting a second yellow card for plunging when he snarled with Angelo Ogbonna in the 56th minute.
Referee Jonathan Moss made himself much more disagreeable when he granted West Ham a penalty with six minutes left. There had been pushing and pulling in both penalty areas but he chose to penalise Wes Morgan for pulling back Winston Reid at a corner. Substitute Andy Carroll converted it to end Leicester City’s run of 574 minutes without conceding a league goal and Aaron Cresswell seemed to have opened the door to the Foxes’ title contenders Tottenham Hotspur with an outstanding left-footed finish after two minutes.
When the match entered into stoppage time, Moss made another contentious decision when he indicated the spot once more after Carroll made the merest contact with Jeff Schlupp. West Ham plainly judged Moss had leveled things up after making some earlier decisions in their favour, however Ulloa was not concerned as he took the opportunity to secure what might yet be an essential point – despite the fact that Leicester City will be without Vardy for next weekend’s home game against Swansea City.
Leicester City’s supporters celebrated at the end before turning their displeasure on referee Moss – although it was his exceptionally faulty choice that permitted them to acquire that point at the end. Mentally, this point could be important because a defeat might just have created a few doubts and given Spurs just a little more wiggle room going into their game at Stoke City on Monday. It implies Leicester City’s last Premier League defeat is still that last-minute loss at Arsenal on 14 February and their spirits will be lifted by the way in which they gained a point when it appeared to be sure they would end up with empty-handed.