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Alan Biggs reports
"The understanding between Di Canio and Wanchope won the game"
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Saturday, 22 January, 2000, 18:39 GMT
Wanchope breaks his duck

Javier Margas holds off Emile Heskey

Leicester 1-3 West Ham

Paulo Wanchope brought his miserable run in front of goal to an end with a Filbert Steet brace to help West Ham secure the points against Leicester.

Match facts
13mins: Wanchop opens the scoring
24mins: Heskey levels
49mins: Wanchope adds his second
60mins: Di Canio makes it 3-1
The Costa Rican striker had not scored since November, but two first-half strikes and a fine effort from Paolo Di Canio sealed the win, despite Emile Heskey reducing the deficit before the break.

After the game, West Ham manager, Harry Redknapp said he was delighted with the result.

Despite Leicester starting the brighter of the two sides, it was West Ham who moved ahead when Wanchope's converted a Frank Lampard after just 13 minutes.

Margas challenges Leicester's Arnar Gunnlaugsson
The strike was his first since November 21 and should finally enable Wanchope to forget his humiliating open goal miss against Aston Villa a week ago.

But Heskey, himself short of goals of late, levelled after 24 minutes for Leicester when he cut inside with purpose from the left and rifled past Hislop for 1-1.

Ironically that goal came just at a time West Ham were starting to settle, but may have been aided by an injury to keeper Hislop who was replaced moments later by Craig Forrest.

It was nice to come here and get the three points. It was also great that Di Canio got a goal and that Wanchope got two goals.
West Ham manager Harry Redknapp
Wanchope could have finished with even more to show for his efforts.

Joe Cole combined well with the striker on the half-hour mark, but as he shaped to shoot Scotland defender Matt Elliott closed him down promptly.

Wanchope was then denied a second by the alertness of Arphexad after Trevor Sinclair's pace created space on the right-hand side as West Ham upped the tempo.

A fierce Zagorakis tackle, which played both ball and man, left Steve Lomas grounded after 37 minutes and the West Ham midfielder was carried off with what looked a serious leg injury.

Lomas was at once replaced by youngster Michael Carrick, while Zagorakis almost put Leicester ahead in the 44th minute when his 25-yard drive flashed wide.

I feel very happy. I had a lot of games without scoring, but I have just kept working for the goals and today they came
Paolo Wanchope
Incredibly in the fourth minute of first-half injury-time, Wanchope claimed his and West Ham's second when he intercepted a Carrick shot and defeated Arphexad from a narrow angle.

On the hour mark, West Ham extended their advantage to 3-1, Wanchope this time the creator, setting up Di Canio who finished superbly after being played in on the left.

The visitors were now the dominant force and Arphexad did well to keep out a Di Canio angled drive on 70 minutes as the visitors threatened to inflict further damage.

Di Canio was denied what would have been a stunning solo goal on 76 minutes when after beating three men his shot was headed off the line by Phil Gilchrist.

Leicester were offering little in response by the end, with Heskey an increasingly lonely figure, and West Ham held firm to overtake their hosts in the Premiership table.


Leicester: Arphexad, Sinclair, Gilchrist, Elliott, Goodwin, Eadie, Campbell, Zagorakis, Gunnlaugsson, Heskey, Fenton.
Subs: F lowers, Dudfield, Thomas, McCann, Stewart.

West Ham: Hislop, Ruddock, Ferdinand, Margas, Lomas, Cole, Lampard, Sinclair, Keller, Wanchope, Di Canio.
Subs: Forrest, Charles, Carrick, Minto, Coyne.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill

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