By Laura O'Leary

26th Nov, 2017 | 7:48pm

Neville: This was the 'incredible' difference for West Ham against Leicester

Gary Neville believes the West Ham fans played a vital part in helping the Hammers achieve a 1-1 draw, as they “lifted the players” in the second half.

In a column for Sky Sports, the retired defender revealed that “the atmosphere was incredible” and suggested that it nearly inspired the West Ham players to get all three points.

The Hammers fell behind in the eighth minute when Marc Albrighton scored for Leicester but Cheikhou Kouyate leveled the scores just before half-time when he converted Manuel Lanzini’s corner.

West Ham pushed for a winner in the second-half and were arguably the better side despite not finding a second goal.

Neville said the renewed energy for the Hammers in the second-half was due to “the way the crowd lifted the players” before adding that the players looked “quicker” and “sharper” than previous games.

The 1-1 draw on Friday was David Moyes’ first home game in charge and saw him win his first point as Hammers boss.

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The point saw West Ham stay in the relegation zone, but they moved within a point of 17th placed West Bromwich Albion.

The Hammers have an important game on Wednesday as they travel to face Everton at Goodinson Park, who they’re only two points behind.

Last season, the Toffees came out on top when the sides met at Goodison Park, winning 2-0 in their league outing thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.

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