A perfect performance from West Ham United left Lukasz Fabianski a passenger as the Irons dealt Leicester City their first defeat of the Premier League season.
David Moyes once again watched on from home after testing positive, as goals from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen secured the 57-year-old only his second set of consecutive top-flight wins since returning to the London Stadium for another spell in charge.
The Hammers started the stronger of the two sides at the King Power Stadium with Angelo Ogbonna setting the tone early doors to deny Jamie Vardy an opening goal. Antonio’s fast-thinking then caught the Foxes on their heels with a quick free-kick to Aaron Creswell, whose inch-perfect cross found the London-born forward to allow him to score his second goal of the season.
Creswell again turned provider deeper into the first-half to find Fornals with a hopeful ball forward, with the £24million Spaniard calmly slotting home past Kasper Schmeichel for his first goal since February.
Perfect defending by the Hammers all game ensured Leicester could find no way back into the affair, leaving Brendan Rodgers’ men beaten for the first time this league season after conceding 57% of all goals shipped to date.
Standout displays from Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena, Creswell and controlling efforts from Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in midfield left Fabianski a mere passenger in goal, with the Poland ace only called upon to make one high claim all game, per SofaScore.
Leicester even failed to record a single shot on target on their own soil, with each of the hosts’ four strikes failing to force Fabianski to make a save despite the £65,000-per-week shot-stopper being recorded as making one error that created an opening.
One moment of hesitation from Balbuena deep into second-half stoppage-time was the only blunder of an otherwise faultless display by West Ham. That error allowed Harvey Barnes to slip in for a late consolation effort before a VAR review deemed Vardy to have been offside in the build-up.
Altogether, West Ham’s efforts helped Fabianski to keep his second successive league clean sheet and his 14th in Irons colours from 66 appearances in all competitions, despite misplacing 66% of his 25 passes with 14 of 21 long balls going astray.
Fabianski also aided the Hammers’ efforts with one registered clearance and was never forced to punch away danger as Ogbonna won each of his two aerial duels, Balbuena won three of four contests and Creswell won one from two.
Moyes will be hoping for a similarly stellar defensive performance and another clean sheet when West Ham return to Premier League action against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on October 18, against whom he has failed to beat as a manager since December 2012.