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)