Swansea City 2:0 Leicester City
Leicester plumbed new depths in their nightmare start to 2017, going down 2-0 to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday evening…
Claudio Ranieri made two changes from the last Premier League outing, with Gray and Albrighton in for Musa and Okazaki, against a resurgent Swansea side.
Swansea applied some early pressure with a free-kick and a couple of corners, during which former City-loanee Dyer had to limp out of the action.
City hit the Swans on the break a couple of times, but an Ndidi shot was blocked and Mawson intercepted a dangerous Vardy ball to Gray.
City were chasing down well at the midway stage of the half and Vardy and Gray both had shots blocked. But the home side began to press as half time approached.
Schmeichel produced a fine save to block a Routledge volley and then Sigurdsson sent a long range effort narrowly wide.
Swansea broke the deadlock in the 36th minute. A free-kick from the centre-circle was launched forward, Huth got his head to the ball, but Fernandez immediately returned it into the the penalty area and an unmarked Mawson fired a thumping volley home.
This was bad news for a side who hadn’t scored a Premier League goal since New Years Eve, and things got worse in first half time-added-on.
Sigurdsson’s incisive ball set up Olsson on the left for a fierce shot that beat Schmeichel at his near post.
The second half began with Slimani and Chilwell on for Albrighton and Fuchs.
City still looked very subdued however, and Schmeichel had to be alert to save another long range shot from Sigurdsson.
City finally carved out a chance in the 63rd minute when Mahrez sent Slimani in on goal, but he couldn’t beat Fabianski who had come swiftly off his line to meet him.
City pressed forward again, and good work from Gray saw the ball delivered into the box, but after some pinball, Ndidi fired a shot well over.
Time was running out for a City comeback and when a decent move involving Ndidi and Slimani teed up Vardy, he sliced his shot as the defenders closed in.
The last faltering attempts to get forward came to nothing and City had lost their fifth league game in a row, failing to score in over ten hours hours of play.
Without dropping into the relegation zone, City are now in serious danger of relegation and something has to change.
Claudio Ranieri hinted that could now happen: “Of course I must change something because it is not possible to continue in this way.
It is difficult when you achieve something so good you want to give them one chance, two chances, three chances. Maybe now it is too much.”
Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Fer, Cork, Carroll, Dyer (Routledge 7), Llorente (Ayew 72), Sigurdsson, Routledge (Narsingh 89). Subs Not Used: Amat, Nordfeldt, Rangel, Kingsley.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Amartey 70), Morgan, Huth, Fuchs (Chilwell 46), Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton (Slimani 46), Gray, Vardy. Subs Not Used: Musa, King, Okazaki, Zieler.
Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 20,391.
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