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Foxes See Off Swans

Leicester City 2:1 Swansea City

City’s play-off hopes were advanced at Filbert Way on Monday afternoon as they defeated second placed Swansea in a tight encounter…

Sven Goran Eriksson made one change to the side that won at Hull with Berner in for leg-break victim Cunningham at left-back.
City started brightly and Gallagher had already gone close when City took a 6th minute lead.
Gallagher’s corner from the right wasn’t cleared properly and fell for Berner to nod home a darting header from close in. It wasn’t quite a goal direct from a corner, but was the nearest thing we have had this season.
City’s lead lasted only until the 12th minute, when Sinclair skilfully picked his way through our defence before sending a well-flighted 20 yarder beyond Weale and into the bottom right hand corner.
The rest of the half was a cagey affair, with few attempts on goal and both defences on top. City tried to send Vassell through on several occasions but didn’t boss the midfield enough to create any meaningful pressure.
Two minutes before the break, when it looked as though the sides would go down the tunnel all-square, City made a breakthrough. Again Gallagher delivered a corner from the right into the goalmouth. De Vries did well to get down to a Morrison header and save on the line, but Vassell was handily placed to prod the ball home.
The half time whistle saw a remarkable ovation for Berner in his comeback game, for his goal as well as his superb first half performance.
The second half saw an intriguingly tight contest. King sent a header wide and Vassell sent an effort straight at De Vries but chances were few and far between. The defining moment of the second half came in the 77th minute. Swansea, with all three subs on, broke swiftly and set up a chance for Sinclair. With only Weale to beat, his low shot beat the keeper but also the right hand post.  
City did a good job of closing the game out and there was no late drama as they proved themselves better than the second placed team.

Sven was happy with six points from two New Year games: “It was a big win against a very good football team. They are physically strong, well organised, aggressive and they play the ball very well. So it was a big win for us. I am happy and proud of the players. They stood up to them physically, matched them and scored two goals.”

Leicester: Weale, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, Naughton, King, Dyer (Oakley 84), Abe, Wellens, Gallagher, Vassell (Waghorn 84). Subs Not Used: Logan, Howard, Moreno, Moussa, Mee.
Swansea: De Vries, Williams, Monk, Rangel, Pratley, Cotterill, Gower (Dyer 75), Sinclair, Agustien (Allen 72), Richards, Easter (Beattie 67). Subs Not Used: Dobbie, Makaba-Makalamby, Serran, Lucas.

Referee: D Deadman (Cheshunt). Attendance: 21,656.

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Swans on Song

Swansea City 2: 0 Leicester City

 
City suffered their first defeat since the departure of Paolo Sousa at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and were outplayed all over the park by a decent Swansea side…
Sven, surprisingly, made three changes to the side that had played so well at Leeds just  four days earlier with Fryatt and Dyer returning for Waghorn and Gallagher and (on loan) Jack Cunningham making his debut in place of the unfortunate Berner.
Swansea started brightly and immediately had City on the back foot with a pressing game that they were never able to deal with. This meant that City never settled in to any sort of rhythm and continually gave the ball away as Swansea worked tirelessly to chase and close-down in a high tempo performance. Despite all of their possession the Swans didn’t fashion many chances and their best effort came as the result of a slip from the below-par Hobbs who lost possession. The ball was quickly fed out to Dyer whose perfect cross was lifted over the bar by Pratley under pressure from Wellens.
In reply City were restricted to long range efforts and one header from Davies that was tipped over by DeVries. 
If City fans thought that the second half would bring an improvement then they were sorely disappointed.
In the 49th minute, half time substitute Emnes (on loan from Middlesbrough) ran on to an excellent through ball from Pratley and slammed the ball past Weale who got a hand to the shot but couldn’t prevent the goal. It was no more than Swansea deserved and led to a period of sustained pressure where City were unable to get out of their own half at times as Swansea kept the ball.
Weale had to deal with efforts from Sinclair and Tate and at the other end De Vries looked bored and lonely as City struggled to cope with Swansea’s purple patch, which nearly resulted in a second goal when Sinclair rounded off another delightful move with a shot against the underside of the bar.
The addition of Waghorn, Morrison and Abe for King, Moussa and Davies gave City some fresh legs and as Swansea tired they were able to build a spell of pressure in the closing stages of the game. De Vries was well positioned to save Oakley’s free kick before Morrison had a gilt-edged chance to equalise. A corner was only half cleared and fell kindly to Morrison, unmarked just six yards out but he volleyed the ball wide of the far post for what would have been an unlikely equaliser.
Swansea wrapped the game up in the fourth minute of injury time when, once again, Hobbs was caught out and Emnes powered past him far too easily to set up Sinclair for a side-foot finish and a more realistic scoreline. 

It is hard to know why City were so ineffective today having been so good at Leeds in midweek. Swansea were everything that we weren’t: hard-working, kept the ball well, pressed and chased, passed the ball around superbly and broke quickly. Whilst it is easy to condemn an off-form Leicester side, credit should also be given to an impressive Swansea side who went third after this result and deservedly so on today’s showing.

Swansea: De Vries, Tate, Williams, Monk, Rangel, Pratley, Sinclair, Orlandi (Agustien 69), Dyer, Allen (Serran 89), Dobbie (Emnes 46). Subs Not Used: Makaba-Makalamby, Cotterill, Taylor, Nouble.
Leicester: Weale, Davies (Morrison 67), Hobbs, Naughton, King (Waghorn 70), Dyer, Oakley, Moussa (Abe 58), Wellens, Cunningham, Fryatt. Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Howard, Moreno.

 Referee: K Stroud (Hampshire). Attendance: 14,651.

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Paulo Sousa to be new Leicester Manager

Former Portugal international Paulo Sousa will be Leicester City’s first foreign manager when the deal is wrapped up over the next couple of days.

The 39-year old, who has managed at QPR and Swansea, is currently in negotiations with chief executive Lee Hoos, but will not officially be unveiled as the new City boss until Milan Mandaric returns from an overseas trip.

Mandaric told the Mercury that City do not need to sell their prize assets: “I will not be selling any of our best players. I am not under any pressure to do so. If I sell them then that means I have been telling you the wrong things. We are ambitious and we want to add to our best players. Everyone who contributed last season will get a chance with the new manager.”

Rumours persist that a Thai consortium are on the verge of buying the club, after a group of far-eastern businessmen were shown round the Walkers Stadium and Belvoir Drive last week…

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Paulo Sousa is Favourite for Walkers Hot-Seat

Paulo Sousa has emerged as a hot favourite for the Leicester City manager’s job with persistent betting activity driving down the odds.

Swansea chairman Huw Jones commented: “I have never had a letter, an email or a phone call from anybody at Leicester City.” but a story is circulating that Sousa watched Leicester’s play-off semi-final home leg against Cardiff in May as a guest of Milan Mandaric. If true, this would throw new light on Nigel Pearson’s departure.

A spokesman for Mark Jarvis bookies claimed: “The word on the street is that Paulo is the man for Milan and that’s reflected in his odds. I think the problem the fans have at the moment is that they don’t know to what extent these potential investors will be involved. They don’t know if they are looking at a complete takeover or just playing some part in the club’s future with Mandaric still at the helm.”

Paulo Manuel Carvalho de Sousa had an impressive playing CV, with Benfica, Juventus and Inter among his clubs. He was also capped 51 times for Portugal.
After a short spell as manager of QPR, Sousa moved to Swansea last Summer, the Swans narrowly missing out on a play-off place.

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Swans Gain Revenge

Swansea City 1:0 Leicester City

Swansea finally got the better of Leicester at the third attempt this season but the visitors made it easy for their hosts at times with a poor display for the 1,000 City fans who made the long trek to South Wales…

Nigel Pearson sent out an odd looking side with Morrison at full back, Hobbs and Brown reunited at the heart of the defence, and starts for Gallacher and Kermogant with Wellens and Howard dropped to the bench.
It was Swansea who started brighter and they were helped by Leicester’s inability to keep the ball and time and again passes went astray in the pouring rain although the best chance of the half fell to Fryatt after 10 minutes following a good run and cross by Gallacher. Sadly Fryatt’s unchallenged volley from 6 yards was sliced high and wide and that was Swansea’s cue to step their game up.
They took a deserved lead on 31 minutes when Nathan Dyer found space on the right and crossed for Pintado to side foot home from close in. This did not provide the wake up call that Leicester needed and half time arrived with their fans hoping for another second half revival.
Leicester improved after the restart (they couldn’t have been any worse) and began to pin Swansea back and create some pressure although clear chances were hard to come by. The double substitution of Waghorn and Howard for Fryatt and Kermogant gave City more purpose and Waghorn ran his socks off in pursuit of an equaliser.
First Lloyd Dyer had a shot that just missed the left hand post and then, as Swansea began to panic, Waghorn looked to be tripped inside the area but the ref was having none of it.
Leicester’s best chance of an equaliser was fashioned in the 73rd minute when Waghorn again, unlocked the Swans’ defence and crossed for N’Guessan at the back post who had an open goal to aim at but showed a shocking lack of composure and merely side footed the ball across goal in to the grateful hands of De Vries in the Swans’ goal.
Despite the improved effort, Swansea saw the game out comfortably and probably deserved the win for their desire alone.


This was another disappointing performance from a Leicester side that is low in confidence and not ‘clicking’ at the moment. With the January transfer window closing in two weeks it is hard to see Nigel Pearson being able to wring much more from this group of players and maybe some new blood is needed to pep up his faltering squad.

Swansea: De Vries, Tate, Monk, Rangel, Bessone (Beattie 78), Britton, Pratley, Cotterill, Dyer, Allen (Serran 73), Pintado (Williams 78). Subs Not Used: Gower, Butler, Cornell, Trundle.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Hobbs, Morrison, McGivern, King, Dyer (N’Guessan 71), Oakley, Gallagher, Fryatt (Waghorn 60), Kermorgant (Howard 59). Subs Not Used: Powell, Logan, Wellens, Neilson.

Referee: F Graham (Essex) 

Attendance: 15,037.

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FA Cup Third Round Draw…

Sunday evening’s FA Cup third round draw gave City a home tie against Swansea, a repeat of the first game of this season, which Leicester won 2-1.


The two clubs have only previously met once in this competition, a 4th round tie in 1929 which saw Leicester beat Swansea Town 1-0 at Filbert Street thanks to a goal from Arthur Lochhead.

The full draw is as follows, games to be played on the weekend of 2/3 January:

Spurs v Peterborough

Brentford v Doncaster

Middlesbrough v Manchester City

Stoke v York

Notts County v Forest Green

Huddersfield Town v West Brom

Sheff Utd v QPR

MK Dons v Burnley

Chelsea v Watford

Notts Forest v Birmingham

Preston v Colchester

West Ham v Arsenal

Aston Villa v Blackburn

Portsmouth v Coventry

Sunderland v Oxford United / Barrow

Wigan v Hull

Everton v Carlisle

Sheff Wednesday v Crystal Palace

Tranmere / Aldershot v Wolves

Blackpool v Ipswich

Fulham v Swindon

Stockport / Torquay v Brighton

Scunthorpe v Barnsley

Southampton v Rotherham / Luton

Bristol City v Cardiff

Reading v Liverpool

Staines / Millwall v Derby

Plymouth v Newcastle

Leicester v Swansea

Bolton v Lincoln

Accrington / Barnet v Gillingham

Man Utd v Kettering / Leeds

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