Unfortunately, West Ham met a determined second-placed Leicester City side at the weekend, and once again failed to gain any points from their current lamentable home record run. 

A great crescendo of boos rained down on manager Manuel Pellegrini and his players, by the furious and totally disgusted home fans, as they left the field. 

Pellegrini’s future was already under extreme scrutiny, but the reaction at the final whistle clearly showed the board of directors that the Chilean manager had to go.

I have no doubt that the largest percentage of the tormented crowd were firmly aimed at Pellegrini, who was finally sacked on Saturday night.

He was certainly not flavour of the month, and his job was becoming more untenable with every defeat. It was obvious his coat was on a shaky nail.

The London Stadium fans greeted the final whistle, much as expected as this was the clubs fourth straight home defeat, simply not good enough.

This 2-1 defeat by a fresh nine-changed Leicester side left them really stuck near the bottom, and in a Premier League relegation battle.

The Hammers have another mammoth home game coming up against Bournemouth on New Year’s Day, after only three days rest.

The ‘Cherries’ are one place and one point above West Ham, in a must win game for the club and the new interim manager. 

West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabiasnki did save a penalty from Gray, but the Foxes took the lead through a Kelechi Iheanacho headed goal.

Pablo Fornals scored to level at 1-1 with a very clever finish just before the half-time whistle, but couldn’t find the second goal to win the match.

It was Leicester who got the winner by a slick move and finish by Gray, which secured them second place ahead of Manchester City.

West Ham of course remain fourth bottom, a point clear of the relegation zone, although thankfully have one game in hand over their rivals.

They lacked leadership and produced another average performance, as they failed again to win at home for the sixth game in a row.

Where was the skill, organisation and fight in this team?

Four consecutive home Premier League defeats, has become a record equalling club record set from November 2005 to January 2006 at the old Upton Park ground.

A performance of similar ineptitude against relegation rivals Bournemouth may leave the Hammers desperate to bring the best manager they can get to stop the slide towards the relegation zone.


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