Leicester defeat a bad day for West Ham bemoans Kouyate

The midfielder says the defeat was hard to take after such a fine display against Arsenal the week before.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Cheikhou Kouyate has bemoaned Saturday’s loss to Leicester City, labelling it a bad day for West Ham United.

After an impressive victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last week, the Hammers were in confident mood heading into their first game at home this season.

However, Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes were in fine form in the game as they led 2-0 for most of the match, with Dimitri Payet’s first goal for his new side making the game look closer than it was. And Kouyate says the defeat was hard to take given how well they had played against Arsenal just a few days earlier.

“We didn't play well on Saturday. Leicester played very well; they were very compact and very strong. It's obviously a bad day for West Ham,” he told whufc.com

“It's no good. You win your first game at Arsenal, a very big game, a very good game. You go to Arsenal in a derby, win 0-2, and then afterwards you come to a home game and lose. It's very hard to take.”

Game lost in the first half 

The game was arguably won in the first half for the visitors, with their two goals coming courtesy of a lackluster opening 45 minutes from Slaven Bilic’s side.

They rallied in the second half though, with Payet’s goal putting the momentum firmly in their favour, and they could have had an equaliser had it not been for the efforts of Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal.

Kouyate though, says the game was probably decided in the first half, while they failed to make the right decisions with the score at 2-1.

“We paid the price for the first half, we weren't there,” he added.

“The game was probably decided after the first half. It was a horrible first half for West Ham. After we made it 2-1, we had confidence and had energy – but we didn't make the right decisions.”

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