Report - Swansea City 2-0 Leicester City
25th October 2014
Swansea City ended their 5-match winless run with a convincing 2-0 home victory against Leicester City.
Jefferson Montero was given his first League start of the season, replacing Nathan Dyer and he made an influence on the game, setting up Wilfried Bony to score his and Swansea's second of the game to put Monk's side in a more comfortable position in the second half.
A lot has been said in recent weeks about Swansea's inability to perform for 90 minutes and see games out. They should have beaten Newcastle United and let a lead slip at Stoke last week, and in general, their second half performances haven't been up to scratch.
For 5 or 10 minutes, it looked possible that it would be a case of 'same old story' as Leicester City stepped up their game and began to enjoy decent spells of possession, but the Swans caught them against the run of play and doubled their advantage which made for a much less nervy final 35 minutes.
The opening goal came after 34 minutes, and it was only a matter of time really before Swansea would surely find the back of the net, but as the first half went on you wondered if it would come before the break.
Given their troubles in second halves of games, it was vital that they broke the deadlock before half time, and they do so in true Swansea style. Of course, Sigurdsson was at the heart of the move just outside the penalty area, linking up with Bony, before a clever inside pass allowed the striker to fire past Schmeichel.
Nigel Pearson, who demanded the size of the goalposts to be measured before kick-off, believing them to be too high, didn't have much to be happy about come half time as Fabianski had very little to do as the Swans completely dominated. They didn't create a heap of chances, as the quality of the final ball was lacking at times, but they were knocking on the door nevertheless.
Wilfried Bony glanced a header wide and a long cross missed everyone after Routledge got in behind the defence, but that was about it in terms of chances before Bony's opener. Rangel picked out Bony who dropped deep, his first time flick found Sigurdsson, he gave it back to the striker to put it past the goalkeeper.
Jefferson Montero offered true width to the team again, as the Swans have looked quite narrow in recent games. He didn't always get the better of his full back, but he was able to forward on three of four occasions but his final pass or cross was lacking.
The second half saw Leicester City look to make a brighter start as they had very little to offer in the first 45. An early corner lifted their spirits while the Swans had made some early unforced errors, some poor and astray passes and you wondered if, yet again, they would allow the opposition an easy way back into the game.
Fortunately it didn't happen, Leicester were still limited to a few half chances before the hosts doubled the lead. Sigurdsson was involved again, threading a ball through for Montero, and he had the easy task of squaring the ball for Bony to tap home from close range.
The 2-goal cushion was crucial and thankfully it came as early as the 57th minute. Jonjo Shelvey almost scored a cracker from 30 yards or more, firing a shot that swerved towards the corner but it came back off the upright.
At the other end, Leicester - to their credit, didn't give up and there were a few scares as Swansea's clean sheet began to come under threat. A ball bounced awkwardly over everyone, including the goalkeeper but thankfully off the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
Fabianski also had to hold on to a low shot at the second attempt as it looked like it might roll behind him, there was a goalmouth scramble that Ki had to clear and substitute Cambiaso somwhow missed a chance from less than a yard out.
Sigurdsson was forced off after 68 minutes as a precaution and was replaced by Tom Carroll, who kept things simple with basic passing as the Swans needed to keep possession for decent periods after struggling to do so early on in the second half.
Swansea's win comes as a huge relief after a 5-match run without a victory. Monk's side move up to 6th in the Premier League.