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Swansea   1 - 0   Leicester

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Gorka Pintado scored his first goal of the season as Swansea climbed above play-off rivals Leicester to fourth in the Championship.

The Spaniard struck after 32 minutes when he fired home Nathan Dyer's pull-back from the by-line from six yards.

Pintado and Darren Pratley had further chances but Swansea had to fend off second half pressure from Leicester.

Dorus de Vries saved Paul Gallagher's effort while Lloyd Dyer and Martyn Waghorn both came close.

Swansea have already suffered two defeats at the hands of Leicester this season - on the opening day of the season and in the FA Cup a fortnight ago as Danny N'Guesson scored the winner on both occasions at the Walkers Stadium.

But this is probably the most important victory of all for the Swans who leap-frog Leicester and rivals Cardiff into fourth to keep up the pressure on the top two.

It was Swansea's first win in four league and cup attempts while it was Leicester's first defeat in five.

Leicester had the chance to break the deadlock on 10 minutes when Paul Gallagher's cross found Matty Fryatt but the Foxes' top scorer put his effort just wide.

The Swans enjoyed the better of the possession in the first half and the lively Pintado had a shot blocked before Pratley drove over the bar.

They got the breakthrough on 32 minutes though when Pratley fed Dyer down the right who pulled the ball back from the by-line and Pintado side-footed home from six yards.

Swansea were on the ascendancy and Pratley shot across the face of goal, but Leicester started the second half strongly and really put the hosts under pressure.

Substitute Martyn Waghorn thought he should have had a penalty moments after coming on, on the hour when Joe Allen made contact, but referee Fred Graham waved away appeals.

Swansea were guilty of causing problems for themselves though when first Pratley's mistake was pounced upon and Lloyd Dyer sent a snap-shot past the post.

Then, Garry Monk was caught out and Matt Oakley found Waghorn but he could not control it.

Leicester also threw on Danny N'Guessan and the Frenchman could have punished Swansea had he not missed a glorious chance from six yards out sending a shot wide in front of an open goal.

Swans keeper Dorus de Vries had a relatively quiet game but was called into action late on to punch away Gallagher's effort.

The hosts finished with 10 men when substitute Albert Serran hobbled off in injury time but they held on for an excellent win.

Sousa hails 'massive' Swans win

Swansea manager Paulo Sousa:

"It was a big, massive win for us. I'm proud to work with the players because they deserve this and deserve where we are in this moment.

"A run of goals is something we want and need especially when we control our opponents massively and we create continuous opportunities.

"We believe Gorka can score much more and he knows, like everyone knows, I trust them."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson

"I am disappointed but we didn't show enough quality and never passed the ball well enough to retain possession.

"We tried to put pressure on them higher up the field in the second half and it worked to a certain extent with our substitutions making an impact but we couldn't get the goal.

"We have met Swansea three times already this season and after beating them in the two previous matches it is disappointing to come away with nothing to show for it."

Swansea: De Vries, Rangel, Monk, Tate, Bessone (Williams 78), Dyer, Britton, Pratley, Allen (Serran 73), Cotterill, Pintado (Beattie 78).
Subs Not Used: Cornell, Trundle, Gower, Butler.

Booked: De Vries.

Goals: Pintado 32.

Leicester: Weale, Hobbs, Morrison, Brown, McGivern, Dyer (N'Guessan 71), Oakley, King, Kermorgant (Howard 59), Gallagher, Fryatt (Waghorn 60).
Subs Not Used: Logan, Neilson, Wellens, Powell.

Booked: Morrison, Dyer, McGivern.

Att: 15,037

Ref: Fred Graham (Essex).

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Saturday, 16 January 2010


Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 1-0 Leicester FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Pintado 32


    • 01 De Vries
    • 05 Tate
    • 16 Monk
    • 21 Bessone
    • 22 Rangel
    • 07 Britton
    • 08 Pratley
    • 12 Dyer
    • 24 Allen
    • 49 Cotterill
    • 18 Pintado


    • 17 Cornell,
    • 02 Williams,
    • 26 Serran,
    • 27 Gower,
    • 28 Butler,
    • 09 Beattie,
    • 19 Trundle


    • 01 Weale
    • 03 McGivern yellow card
    • 04 Morrison yellow card
    • 06 Brown
    • 25 Hobbs
    • 08 Oakley
    • 10 King
    • 11 Dyer yellow card (N'Guessan 71)
    • 12 Fryatt (Waghorn 60)
    • 22 Kermorgant (Howard 59)
    • 24 Gallagher


    • 13 Logan,
    • 02 Neilson,
    • 29 Powell,
    • 19 Wellens,
    • 09 Howard,
    • 17 N'Guessan,
    • 18 Waghorn
    Ref: GrahamAtt: 15,037


    • Swansea 52%
    • Leicester 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Swansea 2
    • Leicester 0

    Attempts off target

    • Swansea 5
    • Leicester 5


    • Swansea 5
    • Leicester 8


    • Swansea 5
    • Leicester 7
    • 82:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dany N'Guessan by Darren Pratley. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
    • 80:35 Ryan McGivern produces a cross, clearance by Alan Tate.
    • 76:40 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Ashley Williams coming on for Federico Bessone.
    • 76:40 Substitution Craig Beattie replaces Gorka Pintado.
    • 74:41 The ball is crossed by Darren Pratley, Michael Morrison makes a clearance.
    • 73:17 Martyn Waghorn crosses the ball, Dany N'Guessan has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
    • 71:57 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Albert Serran coming on for Joe Allen.
    • 70:32 Substitution Dany N'Guessan on for Lloyd Dyer.
    • 67:44 Nathan Dyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy King. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
    • 66:47 David Cotterill takes the indirect free kick.
    • 66:47 Booking Booking for Ryan McGivern.
    • 66:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Ryan McGivern.
    • 63:15 Lloyd Dyer has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 61:51 Steve Howard challenges Alan Tate unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Tate restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:02 Booking Booking for Lloyd Dyer.
    • 60:48 The referee blows for offside. Dorus De Vries takes the indirect free kick.
    • 58:45 Substitution Martyn Waghorn joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matt Fryatt.
    • 58:45 Substitution Yann Kermorgant leaves the field to be replaced by Steve Howard.
    • 57:42 David Cotterill delivers the ball, Gorka Pintado takes a shot. Chris Weale makes a save.
    • 55:46 David Cotterill sends in a cross.
    • 54:11 Outswinging corner taken by David Cotterill from the right by-line, clearance by Yann Kermorgant.
    • 53:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan McGivern by Darren Pratley. Wayne Brown restarts play with the free kick.
    • 52:26 Nathan Dyer is ruled offside. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
    • 51:43 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Gallagher.
    • 51:03 Centre by Paul Gallagher.
    • 47:15 Outswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:24 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:38 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher to the near post, Federico Bessone manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:18 Corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line to the near post, Federico Bessone manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:03 The ball is crossed by Jack Hobbs, clearance by Leon Britton.
    • 43:02 Handball by Joe Allen. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:44 Darren Pratley has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 39:50 Inswinging corner from left by-line crossed in by David Cotterill, Yann Kermorgant makes a clearance.
    • 38:08 The referee blows for offside against Michael Morrison. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
    • 37:32 Outswinging corner taken by Matt Oakley, Alan Tate makes a clearance.
    • 35:09 Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Andy King results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Tate.
    • 32:39 Joe Allen fouled by Yann Kermorgant, the ref awards a free kick. Federico Bessone takes the free kick.
    • 31:22 The assist for the goal came from Nathan Dyer.
    • 31:22 GOAL - Gorka PintadoSwansea 1 - 0 Leicester A goal is scored by Gorka Pintado from close in low into the middle of the goal. Swansea 1-0 Leicester.
    • 31:14 The ball is crossed by Nathan Dyer,
    • 30:55 Matt Fryatt is ruled offside. Alan Tate takes the free kick.
    • 30:07 A cross is delivered by Nathan Dyer, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.
    • 27:55 The ball is sent over by Matt Fryatt.
    • 27:14 Shot by David Cotterill from a long way out goes over the target.
    • 25:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Matt Oakley. Leon Britton takes the indirect free kick.
    • 23:24 Darren Pratley concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Brown. Ryan McGivern takes the free kick.
    • 21:10 Corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill, Yann Kermorgant manages to make a clearance.
    • 19:52 Nathan Dyer has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 19:11 Booking Booking for Michael Morrison for unsporting behaviour.
    • 18:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Morrison on Nathan Dyer. Free kick taken by Federico Bessone.
    • 16:21 Effort on goal by Darren Pratley from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 15:37 The ball is swung over by Paul Gallagher, Garry Monk manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:53 Effort on goal by Federico Bessone from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 14:43 The ball is crossed by Angel Rangel, Paul Gallagher makes a clearance.
    • 12:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fryatt by Alan Tate. Jack Hobbs takes the indirect free kick.
    • Correction - 10:39 Corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the right by-line, Andy King manages to make a clearance.
    • 10:39 Corner taken by David Cotterill, Matt Oakley makes a clearance.
    • 9:40 Paul Gallagher delivers the ball, Matt Fryatt takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.
    • 9:27 The ball is delivered by Lloyd Dyer, clearance made by Federico Bessone.
    • 8:42 Wayne Brown crosses the ball, Dorus De Vries makes a save.
    • 7:20 Paul Gallagher takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Federico Bessone.
    • 5:20 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Alan Tate.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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