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Leicester City 2-0 Swansea City

Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa celebrates his goal against Swansea
Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa's last Premier League goal came against Tottenham on Boxing Day
  • Leicester win three in a row for first time this season
  • Ulloa scores eighth top-flight goal of campaign
  • Foxes in relegation zone only on goal difference
  • Swansea suffer first defeat in four games

A revitalised Leicester beat Swansea to secure a third league win in succession and move off the bottom of the table for the first time since November.

The Foxes took the lead when Wes Morgan knocked down a long ball forward to allow Leonardo Ulloa to slam in a shot.

Swansea were second best but almost equalised only for Kasper Schmeichel to crucially save from Nelson Oliveira.

Andy King eased Leicester nerves when he slotted in after Lukasz Fabianski parried an Esteban Cambiasso free-kick.

The home fans were singing 'we are staying up' after King's goal and, on current form, it is hard to argue against them.

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Leicester's fate in own hands - Pearson

Having been written off by many in their survival fight, nine points from nine have flipped Leicester's fortunes around to the point that a win over Swansea by a three-goal margin would have moved them out of the relegation zone.

They were a goal short but will be optimistic about avoiding relegation considering the level of their performances and with three of their last six games against rivals Burnley, Sunderland and QPR.

Four of their remaining matches are also at home and, judging by the fervent atmosphere Foxes fans created against Swansea, that could prove crucial.

Leicester are moving in the right direction compared to other teams in the relegation scrap and again showed the momentum they are enjoying with a showing of pace and energy Swansea struggled to deal with.

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Swansea out-fought by Leicester - Monk

The home side were tigerish and tenacious from the start and had 65% of possession at the quarter-of-an-hour mark just before their efforts were rewarded with the opening goal.

Ulloa, who was only playing because of an injury to David Nugent in the warm-up, struck when defender Morgan held up a long pass before shielding the ball to allow the striker to slam in a shot for his first league goal since Boxing Day.

Marc Albrighton almost added a second goal for Leicester only to send a shot on the turn narrowly wide.

Foxes forward Andrej Kramaric also went close with a curling effort for the home side whose main concern was their failure to capitalise on their chances.

Oliveira nearly punished the Foxes when he went through on goal, only for his shot to be saved by the outstretched left foot of Schmeichel.

The home side's nerves increased when Jamie Vardy was denied a penalty following a foul by Ashley Williams before King's goal secured the three points.

Swansea manager Garry Monk:

"We probably got out-fought which I haven't said too many times this season.

"We knew with the crowd and recent results that the intensity would be high in the first 20 minutes and we didn't really get a grip of it.

"Nelson Oliveira had a great chance and he did well to stay on his feet. If we had got a goal then the atmosphere would have changed."

Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa celebrates his goal against Swansea
Leicester have scored 2+ in four successive Premier League games for the first time since May 2000
The Swans have now failed to claim a clean sheet in their last 10 visits to Leicester City
The Swans have now failed to claim a clean sheet in their last 10 visits to Leicester City
Swansea failed to score for only the second time in their last 12 away games
Swansea failed to score for only the second time in their last 12 away games
Andy King has scored in successive home appearances for the Foxes
Andy King has scored in successive home appearances for the Foxes

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27WasilewskiSubstituted forde Laetat 45'minutes
  • 14Huth
  • 5Morgan
  • 11Albrighton
  • 10King
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 15Schlupp
  • 40KramaricSubstituted forDrinkwaterat 74'minutes
  • 23UlloaSubstituted forMahrezat 68'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 3Konchesky
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 8James
  • 16Lawrence
  • 26Mahrez
  • 32Schwarzer

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Williams
  • 2AmatBooked at 3mins
  • 24Cork
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forMonteroat 58'minutes
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 88mins
  • 23Sigurdsson
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forDyerat 70'minutes
  • 17OliveiraSubstituted forEmnesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Britton
  • 11Emnes
  • 12Dyer
  • 20Montero
  • 21Grimes
  • 25Tremmel
  • 27Bartley
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
31,121

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 2, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

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

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 2, Swansea City 0. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nathan Dyer.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater replaces Andrej Kramaric.

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Swansea City).

Robert Huth (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Attempt blocked. Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Wayne Routledge.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Ki Sung-yueng.

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp with a cross.

Second Half

Second Half begins Leicester City 1, Swansea City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Ritchie de Laet replaces Marcin Wasilewski.

Half Time

First Half ends, Leicester City 1, Swansea City 0.

goal

As It Stood

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2Arsenal32206663323166
3Man Utd33198659312865
4Man City32187765343161
5Liverpool32176947361157
6Southampton331751145242156
7Tottenham32166105046454
8Swansea33138123842-447
9Stoke33137133841-346
10West Ham321110114240243
11Crystal Palace33119134245-342
12Everton331011124143-241
13West Brom3399153246-1436
14Newcastle3298153351-1835
15Aston Villa3388172445-2132
16Sunderland32514132548-2329
17Hull32610162945-1628
18Leicester3277183451-1728
19QPR3375213859-2126
20Burnley33511172651-2526
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