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Leicester   2 - 1   Swansea

Two goals in three second-half minutes saw Leicester come from behind to mark their return to the Championship with victory over Swansea.

Ashley Williams had given the Swans the lead after 17 minutes heading home Mark Gower's corner.

Williams then fouled Bruno Berner, but Steve Howard's penalty was saved.

But Martyn Waghorn got the Foxes level on 69 minutes, his effort deflecting off Williams, before Dany N'Guessan slotted home the winner.

The result was Swansea's fourth successive opening day defeat and first defeat for new boss Paulo Sousa.

He was dealt a further blow by the loss of influential midfielder Joe Allen to a hamstring injury after 25 minutes.


Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We expect big things from ourselves this year, but you have to say there must be a dozen clubs who think they've got a chance to be in the mix at the end of the season.

"I thought we deserved the win although we caused ourselves problems in the first half when we conceded a goal from a set-play."

Interview: Swansea boss Paulo Sousa

Swansea manager Paulo Sousa:

"We started well with personality and confidence like I wanted from my players.

"The key point was when we lost Joe Allen. We started to lose the link in the sectors and then we started to concede the game to them.

"They started the second half more aggressive and I felt a lack of personality in my players, we are much better than we were in the second half."


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Saturday, 8 August 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 2-1 Swansea FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Waghorn 69
  • N'Guessan 72
  • Williams 17

Leicester

  • 01 Weale
  • 04 Morrison
  • 06 Brown yellow card
  • 15 Berner
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 08 Oakley
  • 10 King (N'Guessan 46)
  • 11 Dyer (Adams 79)
  • 19 Wellens yellow card
  • 09 Howard
  • 12 Fryatt (Waghorn 46)

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan,
  • 20 O'Neill,
  • 07 Gradel,
  • 16 Adams,
  • 17 N'Guessan,
  • 18 Waghorn,
  • 27 Dickov

Swansea

  • 01 De Vries
  • 02 Williams
  • 05 Tate
  • 16 Monk
  • 22 Rangel (Dobbie 76)
  • 07 Britton
  • 12 Dyer
  • 20 MacDonald (Orlandi 62)
  • 24 Allen (Lopez 25)
  • 27 Gower yellow card
  • 18 Pintado

Substitutes

  • 17 Cornell,
  • 26 Serran,
  • 10 Orlandi,
  • 15 Lopez,
  • 29 Richards,
  • 14 Dobbie,
  • 30 Bond
Ref: HegleyAtt: 26,171
LEICESTER
SWANSEA

Possession

  • Leicester 63%
  • Swansea 37%

Attempts on target

  • Leicester 9
  • Swansea 3

Attempts off target

  • Leicester 6
  • Swansea 4

Corners

  • Leicester 7
  • Swansea 3

Fouls

  • Leicester 15
  • Swansea 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:07 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+4:11 Richard Wellens takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+4:11 Booking Mark Gower is booked.
  • 90:00+4:03 Mark Gower concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Howard.
  • 90:00+3:25 Jordi Lopez has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 90:00+2:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martyn Waghorn on Leon Britton. Free kick crossed by Mark Gower, clearance made by Wayne Brown.
  • 90:00+1:07 Jordi Lopez challenges Bruno Berner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Brown.
  • 89:39 Nicky Adams is ruled offside. Ashley Williams takes the indirect free kick.
  • 88:38 Nicky Adams fouled by Gorka Pintado, the ref awards a free kick. Bruno Berner restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:26 Corner from the left by-line taken by Matt Oakley, Martyn Waghorn produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 85:56 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
  • 84:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Brown by Gorka Pintado. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:02 The ball is swung over by Nathan Dyer, Wayne Brown manages to make a clearance.
  • 83:29 The referee blows for offside. Garry Monk restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:35 Centre by Nicky Adams, Dany N'Guessan takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
  • 81:19 Michael Morrison challenges Jordi Lopez unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Gower.
  • 79:03 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matt Oakley, clearance by Gorka Pintado.
  • 78:01 Substitution Lloyd Dyer leaves the field to be replaced by Nicky Adams.
  • 77:46 The ball is sent over by Lloyd Dyer, Alan Tate manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:20 Mark Gower crosses the ball, clearance by Dany N'Guessan.
  • 76:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matt Oakley, Dorus De Vries makes a comfortable save.
  • 75:18 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Stephen Dobbie coming on for Angel Rangel.
  • 73:48 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the right by-line, clearance by Wayne Brown.
  • 73:07 Dany N'Guessan produces a cross, Steve Howard has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 71:28 Steve Howard provided the assist for the goal.
  • 71:28 GOAL - Dany N'GuessanLeicester 2 - 1 Swansea Goal scored by Dany N'Guessan from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 2-1 Swansea.
  • 70:44 Inswinging corner taken by Matt Oakley from the left by-line,
  • 68:37 The assist for the goal came from Bruno Berner.
  • 68:37 GOAL - Martyn WaghornLeicester 1 - 1 Swansea Goal scored by Martyn Waghorn from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 1-1 Swansea.
  • 67:05 Matt Oakley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gorka Pintado. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:52 Inswinging corner taken by Matt Oakley, Shot by Jack Hobbs from 6 yards. Save by Dorus De Vries.
  • 64:20 Booking Richard Wellens receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:49 Unfair challenge on Jordi Lopez by Richard Wellens results in a free kick. Garry Monk takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:18 Substitution Andrea Orlandi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shaun MacDonald.
  • 61:18 Foul by Steve Howard on Jordi Lopez, free kick awarded. Garry Monk takes the free kick.
  • 59:22 Booking Wayne Brown shown a yellow card.
  • 58:49 Unfair challenge on Jordi Lopez by Wayne Brown results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.
  • 58:15 Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Dany N'Guessan results in a free kick. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:37 Unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Jordi Lopez results in a free kick. Michael Morrison takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:56 The ball is sent over by Dany N'Guessan, Close range shot by Steve Howard goes over the bar.
  • 53:52 Richard Wellens has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
  • 52:15 Corner taken by Matt Oakley from the right by-line, Martyn Waghorn has an effort at goal from 6 yards. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
  • 50:55 Penalty taken by Steve Howard saved by Dorus De Vries. Leicester 0-1 Swansea.
  • 50:55 Penalty awarded for a foul by Ashley Williams on Bruno Berner.
  • 50:42 Dany N'Guessan delivers the ball, clearance made by Garry Monk.
  • 49:30 Steve Howard takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.
  • 48:47 Dany N'Guessan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 47:54 Unfair challenge on Wayne Brown by Gorka Pintado results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Brown.
  • 47:18 The ball is sent over by Lloyd Dyer, Dany N'Guessan takes a shot. Alan Tate gets a block in.
  • 45:33 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Gower, Steve Howard makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Martyn Waghorn replaces Matt Fryatt.
  • 45:01 Substitution Dany N'Guessan is brought on as a substitute for Andy King.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:10 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:04 Steve Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Monk. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
  • 44:39 Matt Fryatt takes a shot. Garry Monk gets a block in.
  • 43:40 Unfair challenge on Jordi Lopez by Steve Howard results in a free kick. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:44 Foul by Ashley Williams on Steve Howard, free kick awarded. Lloyd Dyer takes the direct free kick.
  • 41:51 The ball is swung over by Shaun MacDonald, Headed effort from inside the area by Gorka Pintado misses to the right of the goal.
  • 41:27 Nathan Dyer crosses the ball, Wayne Brown makes a clearance.
  • 39:46 Unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer by Leon Britton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Brown.
  • 34:36 Unfair challenge on Alan Tate by Matt Fryatt results in a free kick. Dorus De Vries takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:40 The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun MacDonald. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 29:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordi Lopez by Steve Howard. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
  • 27:59 Jordi Lopez concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Hobbs. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Brown.
  • 27:23 Steve Howard is penalised for a handball. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:29 Jordi Lopez challenges Richard Wellens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matt Oakley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
  • 23:27 Free kick crossed right-footed by Matt Oakley, save by Dorus De Vries.
  • 23:27 Substitution Jordi Lopez is brought on as a substitute for Joe Allen.
  • 23:27 Wayne Brown fouled by Nathan Dyer, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 21:18 The ball is sent over by Matt Oakley, save made by Dorus De Vries.
  • 20:03 Corner taken right-footed by Matt Oakley, clearance by Garry Monk.
  • 19:27 Angel Rangel challenges Lloyd Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lloyd Dyer takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:23 Jack Hobbs challenges Shaun MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
  • 16:06 Assist on the goal came from Mark Gower.
  • 16:06 GOAL - Ashley WilliamsLeicester 0 - 1 Swansea Ashley Williams finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Leicester 0-1 Swansea.
  • 15:35 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower,
  • 15:15 Mark Gower takes a shot. Matt Fryatt gets a block in.
  • 14:53 Centre by Michael Morrison, Garry Monk makes a clearance.
  • 12:46 Steve Howard has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 12:15 Joe Allen fouled by Andy King, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Monk.
  • 10:24 Steve Howard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Williams. Free kick taken by Garry Monk.
  • 8:31 A cross is delivered by Matt Oakley, Shot by Lloyd Dyer. Blocked by Ashley Williams.
  • 8:00 Unfair challenge on Andy King by Shaun MacDonald results in a free kick. Lloyd Dyer takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:08 Shot from just outside the box by Mark Gower goes over the crossbar.
  • 2:53 Effort on goal by Shaun MacDonald from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 2:06 Lloyd Dyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Gower from right wing.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Championship results

8 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 4-0 Scunthorpe R
Crystal Palace 1-1 Plymouth R
Derby 2-1 Peterborough R
Leicester 2-1 Swansea R
Preston 2-2 Bristol City R
QPR 1-1 Blackpool R
Reading 0-0 Nottm Forest R
Sheff Wed 2-2 Barnsley R
Watford 1-1 Doncaster R
West Brom 1-1 Newcastle R

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 8 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Cardiff 1 4 3
2 Derby 1 1 3
3 Leicester 1 1 3
4 Barnsley 1 0 1
5 Bristol City 1 0 1
6 Preston 1 0 1
7 Sheff Wed 1 0 1
8 Blackpool 1 0 1
9 Crystal Palace 1 0 1
10 Doncaster 1 0 1
11 Newcastle 1 0 1
12 Plymouth 1 0 1
13 QPR 1 0 1
14 Watford 1 0 1
15 West Brom 1 0 1
16 Middlesbrough 1 0 1
17 Nottm Forest 1 0 1
18 Reading 1 0 1
19 Sheff Utd 1 0 1
20 Coventry 0 0 0
21 Ipswich 0 0 0
22 Peterborough 1 -1 0
23 Swansea 1 -1 0
24 Scunthorpe 1 -4 0


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