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Swansea City 2-0 Leicester City

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium
Swansea v Leicester
Gylfi Sigurdsson has now assisted in seven goals and scored one in nine league games this season
  • Swansea win first league game in six attempts
  • Bony has scored four times in three games
  • Swansea up to sixth in the table
  • Leicester without a win in four league games
  • Foxes have one clean sheet in nine league games

Two Wilfried Bony goals helped Swansea City overcome Leicester to end a five-match winless Premier League run.

Bony opened the scoring after a fine exchange of passes with Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Ivory Coast striker tucking past Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The 25-year-old made it 2-0 by side-footing Jefferson Montero's cross home, his fourth goal in the last three outings.

Garry Monk happy with two 'very good' goals

Leicester struggled to create any chances of note, and defeat leaves Nigel Pearson's side without a victory in their last four matches.

The Foxes are two points above the relegation zone in 16th spot with nine points from as many games.

In contrast, Swansea climb two places, above Manchester United and Liverpool, into sixth ahead of a tough run of games that includes a home match with Arsenal sandwiched between trips to Everton and Manchester City.

Against Leicester, it took Swansea a while to settle but, when they eventually clicked, they did so with a flourish.

They went ahead 11 minutes before the interval when Bony back-heeled a pass from Angel Rangel into the path of Sigurdsson.

Swansea v Leicester
Wilfried Bony has now scored 20 Premier League goals for Swansea, the joint-most with Michu

The Iceland international returned the favour by threading the ball through for Bony to curl a fine finish beyond Schmeichel.

Having only managed one away goal all season, it was not surprising Leicester posed such little threat in the first half.

The hosts were given a fright after the restart when Liam Moore's throw-in bounced on to the bar - but they soon doubled their advantage.

Foxes weren't positive enough - Nigel Pearson

Sigurdsson was again the architect, playing a through ball for Montero, whose squared pass gave Bony the simple task of slotting into an empty net.

And the Swans came close to scoring a spectacular third when former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey smacked the Leicester crossbar with a fierce, dipping 40-yard shot.

Leicester should have reduced the deficit in the dying moments, substitute Esteban Cambiasso hitting the post with a bundled effort from close range.

But Swansea were full value as they held on for their first Premier League win since 30 August.

Swansea manager Garry Monk:

"I said to the players afterwards, when teams come at you like that in the second half because they've got nothing to lose, we just have to be that little bit braver with the ball, pass it a little bit better.

"Our decision making has to be that little bit sharper and we'll be able to catch teams on the counter or keep the ball for longer periods.

"That's something that we'll work on but the players have done very well and deserve the three points.

"It was important, there was a little bit of pressure on us and they reacted well."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"Our quality let us down. I look at the first half in particular, unforced errors in possession.

"We put ourselves under too much pressure, because we constantly gave the ball away and that's where we have to improve.

"Our performance has not reflected what we are capable of.

"But for the most part this season we've applied ourselves exceptionally well."

Swansea v Leicester
Leicester have not won a league match since defeating Manchester United 5-3 on 21 September
Swansea v Leicester
Swansea won their first three Premier League games this season
Swansea v Leicester
Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony could be missing for Swansea when the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations takes place between 17 January-8 February
Swansea v Leicester
Leicester's next game is at home to West Bromwich Albion on 1 November

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Fernández
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 8Shelvey
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forDyerat 83'minutes
  • 23G SigurdssonSubstituted forCarrollat 58'minutes
  • 20Montero
  • 10BonySubstituted forGomisat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Emnes
  • 12Dyer
  • 14Carroll
  • 18Gomis
  • 25Tremmel
  • 27Bartley
  • 32Shephard

Leicester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 5Morgan
  • 18Moore
  • 3Konchesky
  • 7HammondSubstituted forKingat 68'minutes
  • 4DrinkwaterSubstituted forCambiassoat 68'minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 35Nugent
  • 9VardySubstituted forJamesat 67'minutes
  • 23Ulloa

Substitutes

  • 8James
  • 10King
  • 15Schlupp
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 31Smith
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
20,259

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 2, Leicester City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Leicester City 0.

  3. Post update

    Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

  5. Post update

    Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

  8. Post update

    Ashley Williams (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero tries a through ball, but Nathan Dyer is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Bafétimbi Gomis replaces Wilfried Bony.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Wayne Routledge.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Liam Moore (Leicester City).

  18. Post update

    Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

  20. Post update

    Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea87102381522
2Southampton96122051519
3Man City95221910917
4West Ham95131712516
5Arsenal93511511414
6Swansea94231310314
7Liverpool94231312114
8Man Utd83321512312
9Hull92521313011
10Tottenham83231011-111
11Stoke9324810-211
12West Brom92431213-110
13Aston Villa8314412-810
14Everton8233161609
15Crystal Palace92341316-39
16Leicester92341115-49
17Sunderland9153817-98
18Newcastle8143814-67
19Burnley8044413-94
20QPR8116618-124
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