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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