Premier League 3pm Wrap: West Ham Come From Behind, Leicester Held At Home

Here's what happened in the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League
17:15, 25 Sep 2021

Leicester City had Jamie Vardy to thank for rescuing a point at the King Power Stadium in a 2-2 stalemate with Burnley which means that the East Midlands club have not won in their last three Premier League matches, which will start to put some pressure on Brendan Rodgers.

Leicester headed into the clash against Burnley with a 2-0 win away at Millwall in the Carabao Cup in midweek where Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first goal of the season and supporters were urging Rodgers to start the Nigerian striker for the first time in the Premier League this season. 

Their pleas were ignored by the Northern Irishman who stuck by veteran forward Vardy for the visit of the Clarets. Vardy has always been renowned for his golden touch in front of goal but it was Leicester’s undoing in the early stages of the game as an Ashley Westwood cross ricocheted off the 34-year-old’s head and beat the helpless Kasper Schmeichel to give Burnley the lead.

Vardy was able to correct his early error by pulling his side level at the other end having earlier missed a great chance from five yards out. But the frailties of the home side’s defence were exploited again as Burnley’s record-signing Maxwel Cornet’s thunderous effort put the visitors ahead for the second time in the match. Rodgers had some further blushes spared when Vardy was on hand to level the score for the second time in the game. 

Leicester will be relieved to have rescued the point but questions will be asked of the side that were expected to challenge the top four again this term. Rodgers has a lot of work to do to turn the Foxes’ fortunes around.

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Elsewhere, Everton were able to bounce back from last weekend’s drubbing at Villa Park with a 2-0 victory over Premier League strugglers Norwich City. Daniel Farke’s side were once again left to rue missed chances and it was another mistake that condemned them to their 16th consecutive Premier League defeat. 

The Canaries gave away a penalty in the first-half and it was in-form Andros Townsend who stepped up to convert the spot-kick for his third goal of the season. Then it was Abdoulaye Doucoure who got on the scoresheet for the Merseyside club’s second after some brilliant build-up play by Demarai Gray.

Over in Yorkshire, Leeds United’s search for their first league win of the season continued as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against West Ham United. The hosts failed to hold on to their one-goal lead against West Ham United at Elland Road. The Whites went ahead through a strike from their Brazilian winger Raphinha but the Hammers were gifted a way back into the game through a Junior Firpo own goal before Michail Antonio grabbed the winner late on. 

From the goal  the goal that got them back into the game, the Hammers were on the ascendency and there was only going to be one outcome for the remainder of the game.

Finally, Vicarage Road witnessed a 1-1 draw between Watford and Newcastle United as Steve Bruce’s side were left to rue their missed chances which would have earned them a vital victory to relieve some pressure on the beleaguered Magpies boss. 

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