Read a full match report on the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 25 October.
- Leicester City defeated by two goals from Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony
- Nigel Pearson’s side show improvements in the second half, but Bony’s second goal ends Leicester City’s hopes
- Danny Drinkwater, Liam Moore, Riyad Mahrez and Esteban Cambiasso go close with efforts for Leicester City in the second half, but can’t beat Lukasz Fabianski
- Defeat sees Leicester City drop one place to 16th with nine points from nine games
A goal in each half from Wilfried Bony handed Leicester City a frustrating Barclays Premier League defeat at the hands of Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
The Ivory Coast international played a clever one-two with Gylfi Sigurdsson to open the scoring, before Jefferson Montero set him up for a second not long into the second 45 minutes.
The Foxes had started the second half brightly and, despite Bony’s goal, still created chances to help rescue a point from the match, but it wasn’t to be as attentions now turn to West Brom at King Power Stadium next weekend.
There were four changes for the Foxes going into the match – with Matty James, Esteban Cambiasso, Marc Albrighton and Jeff Schlupp making way for David Nugent, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Dean Hammond.
In front of a vocal home support desperate to see their side end a winless run of five games, Swansea began on the front foot with Bony setting Wayne Routledge up for a dangerous cross to the far post, while the striker glanced a header of his own wide a few minutes later.
The Foxes were pressing their opponents well, but guilty of being wasteful in possession during the opening exchanges. The same was true of Swansea, as despite a tame Bony effort, Kasper Schmeichel remained untested on 20 minutes.
There was cause for concern for City and for Schmeichel soon afterwards though, as the ‘keeper sent a Wes Morgan back pass straight into the path of Sigurdsson, but thankfully the defender got back in time to make a crucial tackle.
With pace in abundance, City were primed to hit Swansea on the counter, and that almost happened shortly before the half-hour mark, when Vardy cut inside to feed Mahrez, who crossed on his weaker right foot but failed to find a blue shirt.
The Swans’ breakthrough arrived on 35 minutes and it was no surprise to see dangerman Bony celebrating his third goal in three games.
He made the move with a clever back heel 30 yards out to send Sigurdsson through, before the Icelander turned the ball back into Bony’s path for a sweeping finish past Schmeichel from 18 yards.
That was the last meaningful act of the first half, as a below par City went into the dressing room knowing they needed to improve against a quality home side after the break.
With the manager’s words ringing in their ears, the Foxes immediately set about getting back on level terms, and almost were when a long throw from Liam Moore evaded everybody and bounced onto a scrambling Lukasz Fabianski’s crossbar.
Mahrez followed that with a wayward effort that flew over the bar from 20 yards, but it was encouraging from the Blues on the back of a lacklustre first 45 minutes.
Bony served a reminder of his danger on 55 minutes when he drove high and wide, but Drinkwater went closer with his long ranger in the next attack – only a full stretch Fabianski denying him a spectacular goal.
However, that good work was undone on 57 minutes when Bony doubled his and Swansea’s tally for the afternoon. Sigurdsson sent through Montero, who calmly cut back for the Ivory Coast striker to side foot into the net from close range.
With a two-goal deficit to claw back, City committed more bodies forward to the attack, and as a result Moore found himself free in the area to test Fabianski with a header from Hammond’s cross.
However the Swans went straight up the other end and hit the crossbar from all of 35 yards through Jonjo Shelvey. Mahrez’s 20-yard drive whistled past the post with 25 minutes left, ushering in a triple substitution from Nigel Pearson.
On came James, Andy King and Cambiasso at the expense of Vardy, Hammond and Drinkwater. Again it was the threat of Mahrez from range that looked the most promising for City, but the Swans were doing a frustratingly good job of closing out the match.
The Foxes continued to labour in hope of sparking a late comeback, however when Fabianski produced an astonishing double save in stoppage time to deny first King then Cambiasso, it was increasingly clear that it wasn’t going to be City’s night, and they must now focus their attentions on the weekend’s clash with West Brom.
SWANSEA: Fabianski, Taylor, Ki, Williams (c), Shelvey, Bony (Gomis 82), Routledge (Dyer 82), Montero, Rangel, Sigurdsson (Carroll 57), Fernandez
SUBS NOT USED: Tremmel, Emnes, Bartley, Shepherd
GOALS: Bony 34, 57
CITY: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Cambiasso 67), Morgan (c), Hammond (King 67), Vardy (James 67), Moore, Ulloa, Mahrez, Nugent
SUBS NOT USED: Schlupp, Wasilewski, Smith, Wood
REFEREE: Mr. M Jones