Football

Carroll hits right note to pile on Foxes woe

WEST HAM UTD 2

(Carroll 24, Downing 56)

LEICESTER CITY 0

Andy Carroll was on target as West Ham’s fourth win in five games ensured Leicester would be bottom of the Premier League at Christmas.

Only twice before –West Brom in 2004-05 and Sunderland last season – have the side at the foot of the League on December 25 avoided relegation.

The Foxes were culpable as their winless run was extended to 12 games through goals from Carroll and Stewart Downing. Paul Konchesky, playing against his old club, presented Carroll with the opening goal moments after the Hammers striker had missed a straightforward opportunity.

But there was little Leicester could do to stop Downing’s strike as the playmaker curled a sumptuous shot into the far corner.

Hammers fans have hopes of a topfour finish and celebrated by singing “Barcelona, we’re coming for you”.