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Leicester City 1-1 Swansea City

Jamie Vardy has scored 12 goals for Leicester in the Premier League this season
Jamie Vardy has scored 12 goals for Leicester in the Premier League this season

Leicester manager Claude Puel said his side's 1-1 home draw with Swansea "wasn't a fair result" as the visitors extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games.

Jamie Vardy slotted home in a first half dominated by the hosts after Kelechi Iheanacho slipped a pass through two Swansea defenders' legs but the Foxes could not find the additional goals their play threatened.

Federico Fernandez equalised for an improved Swansea after the break when he headed home a Ki Sung-yueng corner.

Riyad Mahrez was again absent following his failed move to Manchester City.

"I'm frustrated," said Puel. "It was a a good game against a tough team and they defended very well.

"I don't think it is a fair result and we have lost two points."

The hosts had plenty of chances in the first half - a goal-line block from Alfie Mawson denied Iheanacho before Wilfred Ndidi had a goal belatedly disallowed for offside.

And they came to regret those missed chances as Swansea performed much better in the second half.

Fousseni Diabate, Demarai Gray and Harry Maguire had further chances for Leicester in a performance which suggested they were not distracted by Mahrez's continued absence.

Missed chances prove costly for Foxes

There were plenty of positives for Claude Puel's side as Leicester looked full of creativity, energy and determination in the first half.

All the talk in midweek had surrounded Mahrez's unwillingness to train but on matchday it was clear the Leicester players were keen to show they can still perform without him.

And perform they did - as Iheanacho and Diabate lit up the first half with darting runs, skilful touches and intelligent link-up play.

Vardy was a constant threat throughout as he chased and hassled for every ball, albeit it to no avail in the second half.

Diabate thought he had scored with a powerful strike after 30 minutes but Lukasz Fabianski kept it out and Iheanacho could not convert the rebound as Mawson produced an excellent block on the line with his chest.

Swansea managed to come through that period of Leicester dominance only one goal down and ultimately that resilience is what earned them a point - their seventh in three games.

Puel tried everything to change the outcome in the second half - bringing on Shinji Okazaki and Gray in attacking substitutions - but Leicester could not find the winning goal their performance deserved.

Swansea revival continues under Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal is yet to see his Swansea side suffer defeat on the road in the Premier League

When Carlos Carvalhal took over at Swansea in December, the club sat rock bottom of the Premier League, having won just three league games under Paul Clement.

The Portuguese may have looked at his fixtures schedule for the new year and predicted a tough start to his managerial stint but it has proven hugely positive.

Since suffering a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham at the start of January, Swansea have gone seven games without defeat in all competitions - picking up crucial wins against Liverpool and Arsenal in their past two league games.

And Fernandez's equaliser ensured Swansea moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

They remain unbeaten on the road under Carvalhal but the Swans will welcome back-to-back home games against Notts County in the FA Cup and Burnley in the league, where they will hope to continue building momentum.

What the managers say

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'Fantastic, phenomenal' Carvalhal pleased with point at Leicester

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal: "I am happy with one point. We have lost the last seven here.

"We had a bad first half and then we corrected things. We did much better in the second half.

"We were planning to give more pace in attack with Wilfried Bony, but in the last 10 minutes Leicester were more organised in attack, and created more noise."

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Leicester deserved more than a point - Puel

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "I'm frustrated. It was a a good game against a tough team and they defended very well. I don't think it is a fair result and we have lost two points.

"We had to score more in the first half. Congratulations to Swansea, but we deserved to win. We finished strong but we didn't get the result in the end.

On Riyad Mahrez's absence: "I just need to think about the players available. I know in my mind the most important thing is just to consider my team. I am disappointed about it all."

Leicester's upper hand - the best of the stats

  • Jamie Vardy has scored the opening goal in six Premier League games this season - no player has done so more often (same as Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane).
  • The Foxes are unbeaten in their past 14 home games against Swansea in all competitions (W10 D4), since a 3-2 defeat in October 1950.
  • After a run of seven consecutive away defeats in the Premier League, the Swans are unbeaten in their past three on the road (W1 D2).
  • Ki Sung-yueng - who provided the assist for Swansea's leveller - made his 155th Premier League appearance, overtaking Park Ji-sung as the South Korean with the most appearances in the competition.
  • Swansea's equaliser came from their only shot on target in the match.
  • Leicester have lost just one of their past seven home Premier League games, winning four and drawing two.

Man of the match - Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy
Vardy was his usual energetic self and he was rewarded for his constant terrorising of defence and keeper with his 13th goal of the season

What's next?

Swansea host Notts County in their FA Cup fourth-round replay on Tuesday (20:05 GMT) before Burnley travel to the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00 GMT).

Leicester will travel to the Etihad to take on leaders Manchester City in Saturday's late Premier League game (17:30 GMT).

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2SimpsonSubstituted forOkazakiat 80'minutes
  • 16Dragovic
  • 15Maguire
  • 28Fuchs
  • 33DiabatéBooked at 3mins
  • 25Ndidi
  • 14Adrien SilvaSubstituted forJamesat 68'minutes
  • 11Albrighton
  • 8IheanachoSubstituted forGrayat 68'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 3Chilwell
  • 7Gray
  • 12Hamer
  • 20Okazaki
  • 21Iborra
  • 22James
  • 29Benalouane

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Mawson
  • 16Olsson
  • 12DyerSubstituted forBonyat 71'minutes
  • 8FerSubstituted forCarrollat 36'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 17Clucas
  • 18J AyewSubstituted forRoutledgeat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bony
  • 10Abraham
  • 11Narsingh
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 14Carroll
  • 15Routledge
  • 27Bartley
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
31,179

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home13
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 1, Swansea City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Swansea City 1.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Leicester City).

Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wayne Routledge replaces Jordan Ayew.

Demarai Gray (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Swansea City).

Offside, Leicester City. Christian Fuchs tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Offside, Leicester City. Harry Maguire tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tom Carroll.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Maguire with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Shinji Okazaki replaces Danny Simpson.

Foul by Matty James (Leicester City).

Tom Carroll (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Demarai Gray (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Carroll (Swansea City).

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Fousseni Diabaté (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Federico Fernández (Swansea City).

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wilfried Bony replaces Nathan Dyer.

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Matty James replaces Adrien Silva.

Attempt missed. Fousseni Diabaté (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Vardy following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Attempt blocked. Sam Clucas (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfie Mawson.

Adrien Silva (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Swansea City).

Attempt missed. Sam Clucas (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mike van der Hoorn with a cross.

Attempt saved. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a set piece situation.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Clucas (Swansea City).

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 1, Swansea City 1. Federico Fernández (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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2Man Utd26175451183356
3Liverpool25148357292850
4Chelsea25155545192650
5Tottenham25146549222748
6Arsenal26136751351645
7Burnley269982123-236
8Leicester269893835335
9Bournemouth2687113037-731
10Everton2687112945-1631
11Watford2576123344-1127
12West Ham2669113246-1427
13Brighton2669112135-1427
14Southampton26511102838-1026
15Crystal Palace2568112338-1526
16Newcastle2566132335-1224
17Swansea2666141937-1824
18Stoke2666142652-2624
19Huddersfield2666141946-2724
20West Brom26311122137-1620
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