First-half goals by Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez put Leicester in control and although the host hit back through Dimitri Payet after the break, West Ham was unable to fix the damage at Upton Park.
Bilic said the dismissal of goalkeeper Adrian, who kicked Jamie Vardy in the chest as he looked to backtrack having gone up for a late corner, “could have been seen as a red card” – with the Spaniard set to miss the next three games.
Vardy’s cross from the left was met by Okazaki on the run and although his volley was brilliantly saved by West Ham keeper Adrian, the Japan global reacted quickly and headed the rebound into the back of the net.
Lukaku has already established himself as a top flight marksman and the Belgian was at his powerful best as Everton cruised past listless Southampton.
The Hammers have won seven of their previous eight home Premier League games against Leicester City, losing the other in August 2000.
Here’s the play as we all saw it on television broadcast.
Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring for the Foxes midway through the first-half before Riyad Mahrez doubled their advantage with a superbly-taken strike.
West Ham are in pole position to sign Joey Barton for free and would be taking a huge gamble on the 29 year old if they sign him.
“In the second half we suffered a lot”, added the Italian.
They threw away a two-goal lead at White Hart Lane in the Barclay’s Premier League, as they drew 2-2 with Stoke City. “I can just repeat what we said a week ago”.
All of that Europa League disappointment would have been forgotten about come the first game as West Ham were an impressive and solid outfit beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates.
Swansea City became the first non-English side to play in the Premier League when they visited Manchester City on the season’s opening day.
The debate is continuing here over a pint in the Football Transfer Tavern amongst West Ham fans, who are still none the wiser as to who their new striker will be.
“We lost the game so no one is going to care about how we played but, to us, it matters”. That’s right-City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all in action over the next two days, whilst United snored their way to a 1-0 victory over Villa yesterday, which frees up today for earthy treats such as Watford vs West Brom.
Claudio Ranieri’s side, quiet until then, grew in confidence and were soon two goals to the good thanks to excellent work from goalscorer Okazaki and Marc Albrighton.