Leicester City was in the Premier League for nine years, but they were kicked out of the league in a painful way, even though they beat West Ham on the last day of the season. Before the last round of games, the Foxes’ fate was out of their hands, and Everton’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth meant that the 2015-16 champions dropped into the Championship by two points.
Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United
At Goodison Park, Everton fans were ecstatic, but at the King Power, Leicester fans were sad about a terrible season in which their team won only nine league games. Dean Smith, who is in charge temporarily, said it was a “massive disappointment.” Leicester came close to scoring early on when Kelechi Iheanacho and James Maddison passed the ball back and forth before Kelechi Iheanacho’s fierce, curling shot hit the post.
Harvey Barnes finished off Iheanacho’s pass in a cool way to give the home team the lead at halftime and keep them in first place by goal difference. In a tense second half, Jonny Evans almost headed the ball into his own net, but when Everton scored, everyone in the crowd went quiet. Before Wout Faes scored Leicester’s second goal, the visiting team’s Said Benrahma hit a beautiful curling shot off the post. The Hammers finished 14th, six points ahead of the relegation zone. Pablo Fornals scored a goal that went in off the post to get them back in the game.
“I can only look at my seven weeks and eight games,” he said. “I always felt coming in it was going to be tough. The confidence and belief was low.
“I felt we would need 11 points to stay up, it turned out to be 11 but we only got nine. In that regard, I have failed.”