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31st Dec, 2016 | 5:41pm

West Ham fans react on Twitter to Nordtveit horror tackle against Leicester

By Matt Farr

West Ham’s Havard Nordtveit can count himself very lucky not to have been shown a red card in the 1-0 defeat to Leicester on Saturday – and Hammers fans  on Twitter are in agreement.

Leicester defender Ben Chilwell was the recipient of the controversial challenge from West Ham’s Nordtveit, with referee Anthony Taylor deeming the incident worthy of only a yellow card.

The incident occurred in the 71st-minute with Leicester looking to maintain their one-goal advantage, courtesy of Islam Slimani’s earlier strike.

Many Hammers fans were surprised to see Nordtveit’s challenge earn little more than a yellow card, and took to social media to voice their opinions.

Here are some of their messages on Twitter:

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The incident overshadowed what was a mixed afternoon for the versatile defender, who was deployed in an unfamiliar right-back role as Bilic scrapped his preferred 3-4-2-1 to go for a more conservative 4-2-3-1 formation.

There were a host of positives to look back on, including a superb last-ditch challenge to deny a clear-cut Leicester opportunity. However, alongside the challenge on Chilwell, there were a number of errors that Nordtveit won’t fondly look back on.

The Hammers missed their opportunity to finish the year in the top-half of the table, instead slipping to 13th in the Premier League. Comfortable wins for both Bournemouth and Burnley saw them leapfrog the Hammers into 10th and 11th.

The defeat also brought to an end West Ham’s three-match winning run, and Slaven Bilic’s men must now regroup ahead of a testing encounter with Manchester United on Monday.

In other West Ham news, here is how the players rated in the defeat.