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Goals continue to flow but Leicester also thankful for Schmeichel's saves

Leicester City continued their impressive form under Craig Shakespeare with a 3-2 away win at West Ham.
Craig Burley sees a Leicester side reminiscent of last year's team under new manager Craig Shakespeare.
Craig Shakespeare says he was particularly pleased with how Leicester City protected their early lead at West Ham.

Leicester City suddenly can't stop winning and took a giant step toward safety with a 3-2 victory at West Ham, their first away victory of the season in the Premier League. The hosts defended poorly but, to their huge credit, Leicester made them pay.

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Positives

Leicester just can't stop scoring, having managed three goals in each of Craig Shakespeare's three league games in charge, which is a record for a new manager in England's top flight. Much like last season Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy both got on the score sheet in the same game while, at the other end, captain-for-the-day Kasper Schmeichel was exceptional.

Negatives

After going 2-0 and 3-1 up, Leicester allowed West Ham back into the game and looked nervy towards the end. Had Andre Ayew not missed a sitter, they would have probably only come away from the London Stadium with a point.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- The decision to pick Yohan Benalouane at centre-back in place of Morgan didn't entirely pay off; Daniel Amartey or even Marcin Wasilewski were perhaps more obvious contenders. However, Shakespeare deserves credit for sticking with 10 of the 11 that stunned Sevilla in the Champions League, even though he could have been tempted into more changes due to fears of fatigue.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Kasper Schmeichel, 9 -- Once again Leicester's man of the match. Made a quality save to deny Andy Carroll and showcased sweeper-keeper heroics late on to rush off his line and protect the lead.

DF Danny Simpson, 6 -- West Ham didn't play with too much width so he had a quiet afternoon, but maybe could have pushed forward a bit more.

DF Robert Huth, 8 -- Took his goal well and was largely untroubled at the back. It was only in the final 10 minutes that he started to look more tired and rattled.

DF Yohan Benalouane, 6 -- Pretty solid in parts at the back and composed on the ball, but at fault for Ayew's goal.

DF Christian Fuchs, 6 -- Put under a lot of pressure in the second half but just about held firm.

Riyad Mahrez scored for the second straight Premier League game as Leicester won again.

MF Marc Albrighton, 7 -- Got the assist for Huth's goal but faded after the break. That said, he has definitely hit a purple patch of form.

MF Danny Drinkwater, 6 -- Never really got his foot on the ball, but the groin injury that forced him to withdraw from England duty wasn't apparent.

MF Wilfred Ndidi, 7 -- Very composed on the ball and characteristically combative. Fast becoming a fan favourite.

MF Riyad Mahrez, 8 -- Capitalised on average defending to give Leicester the lead and was the most creative player throughout the game.

FW Shinji Okazaki, 6 -- The Sevilla game caught up with him as the match progressed. Before that he had been a bundle of energy, though never really a threat for a goal.

FW Jamie Vardy, 7 -- Scored one but also missed another clear chance after the break that would have killed the game. Not at his best but still netted and that's certainly encouraging.

Substitutes

FW Islam Slimani, NR -- A really useful option off the bench to hold up the ball.

FW Ahmed Musa, NR -- He made a surprise cameo but flattered to deceive.

MF Ben Chilwell, NR -- Came on late to wind down the clock.

Ben Jacobs is ESPN FC's Leicester City blogger. Follow him on Twitter @JacobsBen.

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