Swansea City 2 Leicester City 0
Match report by Colin Hall
Two goals from Swansea's Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony were enough to condemn Leicester City to defeat at the Liberty Stadium. The result, together with others over the weekend, leaves the Foxes just one point and one place above the Premier League relegation zone.
Once again, Nigel Pearson's side performed well below their capabilities on their travels. Second best in every area of the pitch, they often looked despondent, disorganised, and dispirited – a pale shadow of the team that despatched Manchester United a few short weeks ago.
Pearson had rung the changes from the side that appeared at Newcastle, restoring Hammond, Mahrez, Vardy and Nugent to the starting eleven in place of James, Cambiasso, Albrighton and Schlupp.
But several members of the team looked uncomfortable with both the 4-3-3 formation and the roles they were asked to perform within it. To many observers, the manager seemed to have picked a side to match Swansea's strengths rather than one that played to its own.
In contrast, the home side stuck to their tried and trusted game plan which has served them well for years under several managers. Their three internationals in central midfield were particularly prominent as they took the game to the Foxes right from the outset.
Only a stalwart rearguard action, most notably from skipper Wes Morgan, kept Swansea at bay during a one-sided first half. However, the breakthrough finally came after 34 minutes when a fine passing move cut the visiting defence to shreds, and Bony applied a cool finish to put his side in front.
The visitors offered very little as an attacking threat, barring the occasional break from Mahrez on the rare occasions he saw the ball and even then he struggled to find an effective final cross.
Manager Garry Monk
Founded 1912 Ground Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Address Liberty Stadium, Landore, Swansea, SA1 2FA
1 GK Łukasz Fabiański
2 DF Jordi Amat
3 DF Neil Taylor
4 MF Ki Sung-yueng
6 DF Ashley Williams (Captain)
7 MF Leon Britton
A bit about you:
Name: Alan Lewis
Current home town: Swansea
Birthplace: Maesteg, South Wales
How long have you supported your team? 50 years
Overview of your club:
Favourite thing about your home ground: The fact that it's pretty compact and can generate an "atmosphere". Also a special mention of our pitch. It will be in great condition on Saturday and you would never believe that first class rugby is regularly played on it.
Favourite match played by your team & why: Lots of memories but the 2011 Championship Play Off at Wembley has to take top spot. The whole experience topped off by the result.
Favourite player of all time who played for your club: In recent times Lee Trundle and Leon Britton are both up there and I caught the back end of Ivor Allchurch's career when he came back to Swansea. Alan Curtis and Robbie James were great favourites in the 70s and 80s but if there has to be only one I would settle for Herbie Williams who made over 500 appearances for the Swans in the 60s and 70s. Far from being a household name outside Swansea but just chant 'Herbie oh oh, Herbie oh oh' at any elderly Swans fan at the Liberty on Saturday and they'll know exactly who you are referring to
About our forthcoming match against you:
Your favourite current player in your squad and why? From the last response you will have guessed that it's Leon Britton. Probably captures as much as any player what the Swans are all about. His lack of size was always highlighted as a problem but he has been a key part of the Swans success through all four divisions and his current extended absence through injury has highlighted, if anyone had any doubt, his value to the team.