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Leicester   2 - 1   Swansea

Leicester 2-1 Swansea

Leicester 2-1 Swansea

Darius Vassell's first-half winner secured Leicester City successive wins for just the second time this season to nudge Swansea City out of the top two.

Bruno Berner's firm header from a Paul Gallagher corner broke the deadlock before Scott Sinclair's 25-yard stunner levelled with his 13th goal this term.

But the Swans conceded from another set-piece when Michael Morrison's header was parried by Dorus De Vries.

And former England striker Vassell converted the rebound from two yards.

His third goal of the season may have been scrappy but Foxes boss Sven Goran Eriksson, who took over Leicester in October languishing in the relegation zone, will just be pleased that his side managed to earn back-to-back victories for just the second time this season.

And the hard-fought win, which extended Leicester's impressive home strangehold on Swansea to 61 years, moved them into the top half of the table and just two points from the play-off zone.

Swans boss Rodgers, meanwhile, will be concerned by his side's continued vulnerability at set-pieces.

The Welsh club suffered their third consecutive away defeat because of their failure to deal with routine corners as on each occasion Leicester scored, their player was unmarked to capitalise.

Defensive lapses upset Swans boss Rodgers

Berner, the Swiss international, opened the scoring in the sixth minute with his first of the season after Swans right-back Angel Rangel had inadvertently headed Gallagher's corner into the recalled left-back's path for him to head home from five yards.

The hosts had failed to score from a corner all season but - after Sinclair's first goal in nine games - their 43rd-minute winner was almost a carbon copy of the first with Vassell appearing to get the final touch with Andy King in close proximity.

Gallagher saw his 15-yard volley deflected wide by Swans skipper Garry Monk, with the resulting corner also going close as it was again sent behind for another Foxes set-piece.

And it was from that which Berner struck, following up to convert from close range after his initial header had been parried by Dorus de Vries.

Yet the lead lasted all of six minutes as Sinclair equalised with a memorable strike as the former Chelsea trainee curled a superb right-footed effort inside the far post following neat approach play involving Angel Rangel and Darren Pratley.

But former Manchester City and Aston Villa frontman had the simplest of tasks to tap the ball in after Swans stopper De Vries parried Morrison's header into Vassell's path with King lurking closely.

Wales international King could well have got his goal within two minutes of the restart, glancing Gallagher`s free-kick narrowly wide.

De Vries made a great stop to deny Vassell with 20 minutes remaining but Swansea's chance to snatch a point came with 12 minutes remaining.

Pratley fed Sinclair with an incisive ball but Swansea's top-scorer fired wide when well placed as the visitors followed up two home wins with defeat.

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Monday, 3 January 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 2-1 Swansea FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Berner 6
  • Vassell 43
  • Sinclair 12

Leicester

  • 01 Weale
  • 04 Morrison yellow card
  • 15 Berner
  • 16 Naughton
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 10 King
  • 11 Dyer (Oakley 84)
  • 19 Wellens yellow card
  • 22 Abe
  • 07 Gallagher
  • 37 Vassell (Waghorn 84)

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan,
  • 36 Mee,
  • 06 Moreno,
  • 08 Oakley,
  • 23 Moussa,
  • 09 Howard,
  • 14 Waghorn

Swansea

  • 01 De Vries
  • 02 Williams
  • 16 Monk
  • 22 Rangel
  • 07 Cotterill
  • 08 Pratley
  • 21 Sinclair
  • 26 Agustien (Allen 72)
  • 27 Gower (Dyer 75)
  • 29 Richards
  • 49 Easter (Beattie 67)

Substitutes

  • 25 Ma-Kalambay,
  • 17 Serran,
  • 12 Dyer,
  • 24 Allen,
  • 31 Lucas,
  • 09 Beattie,
  • 14 Dobbie
Ref: DeadmanAtt: 21,656
LEICESTER
SWANSEA

Possession

  • Leicester 52%
  • Swansea 48%

Attempts on target

  • Leicester 5
  • Swansea 1

Attempts off target

  • Leicester 3
  • Swansea 7

Corners

  • Leicester 5
  • Swansea 2

Fouls

  • Leicester 14
  • Swansea 10
  • Final Result
  • 94:14 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:28 Effort on goal by Ashley Williams from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 88:39 Foul by Craig Beattie on Jack Hobbs, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jack Hobbs.
  • 88:23 Richie Wellens takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
  • 86:10 Foul by Nathan Dyer on Bruno Berner, free kick awarded. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:22 Richie Wellens challenges Darren Pratley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Richards takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:21 Substitution Lloyd Dyer leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Oakley.
  • 83:07 Substitution Martyn Waghorn comes on in place of Darius Vassell.
  • 82:15 Bruno Berner challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Pratley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:01 Outswinging corner taken by David Cotterill, Michael Morrison makes a clearance.
  • 80:11 Richie Wellens challenges David Cotterill unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Cotterill takes the free kick.
  • 80:11 Booking Richie Wellens goes into the book.
  • 79:21 Darius Vassell concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Williams. Dorus De Vries takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:10 Scott Sinclair has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 76:07 Foul by Nathan Dyer on Bruno Berner, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Gallagher.
  • 74:52 Kyle Naughton takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:52 Substitution Nathan Dyer is brought on as a substitute for Mark Gower.
  • 74:52 Mark Gower challenges Yuki Abe unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 74:25 The offside flag is raised against Darius Vassell. Garry Monk takes the free kick.
  • 73:05 Yuki Abe challenges Joe Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Gower restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:02 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Joe Allen coming on for Kemy Agustien.
  • 69:58 David Cotterill fouled by Paul Gallagher, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Gower.
  • 68:26 Effort from 18 yards by Darius Vassell. Save by Dorus De Vries.
  • 66:49 Substitution Craig Beattie on for Jermaine Easter.
  • 65:13 Darius Vassell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
  • 60:35 Bruno Berner challenges Ashley Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
  • 59:33 David Cotterill is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 57:42 The referee blows for offside. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:17 Michael Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Easter. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:17 Booking Michael Morrison receives a yellow card.
  • 54:50 Bruno Berner delivers the ball.
  • 53:59 Scott Sinclair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy King. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Paul Gallagher.
  • 51:42 Shot from just outside the box by Andy King misses to the right of the goal.
  • 49:30 Unfair challenge on David Cotterill by Paul Gallagher results in a free kick. Mark Gower delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
  • 48:22 Yuki Abe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Richards. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Mark Gower.
  • 46:18 Darius Vassell fouled by Garry Monk, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallagher delivers the ball, Header from close in by Andy King misses to the left of the target.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:02 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:56 Paul Gallagher decides to take a short corner.
  • 44:58 Shot from long range by Kemy Agustien goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 42:16 GOAL - Darius VassellLeicester 2 - 1 Swansea A goal is scored by Darius Vassell from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 2-1 Swansea.
  • 41:40 Outswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Dorus De Vries makes a save.
  • 38:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy King by Mark Gower. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
  • 36:11 Darius Vassell concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Monk. Free kick taken by Garry Monk.
  • 34:50 Jermaine Easter is ruled offside. Jack Hobbs restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer by Angel Rangel. Free kick taken by Michael Morrison.
  • 29:39 Darren Pratley has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 24:34 Effort on goal by Darren Pratley from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 22:52 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ashley Williams.
  • 22:13 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Easter. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 20:43 Corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line, Ashley Williams has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 18:45 Darius Vassell produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 17:40 Scott Sinclair is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 13:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Hobbs on Jermaine Easter. Kemy Agustien takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:06 GOAL - Scott SinclairLeicester 1 - 1 Swansea Scott Sinclair finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 1-1 Swansea.
  • 8:37 Michael Morrison challenges Jermaine Easter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Gower.
  • 7:50 Unfair challenge on Andy King by Darren Pratley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 5:28 GOAL - Bruno BernerLeicester 1 - 0 Swansea Bruno Berner finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Leicester 1-0 Swansea.
  • 4:32 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Gallagher. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Gallagher.
  • 4:01 Shot by Paul Gallagher. Garry Monk gets a block in.
  • 3:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Easter on Michael Morrison. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
  • 1:34 Foul by Darius Vassell on Ashley Williams, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 25 27 48
2 Norwich 25 8 43
3 Swansea 26 6 43
4 Leeds 25 4 41
5 Cardiff 24 9 40
6 Watford 24 12 39
7 Nott'm Forest 23 11 37
8 Reading 25 10 37
9 Millwall 25 8 36
10 Burnley 24 6 35
11 Coventry 26 -1 35
12 Leicester 26 -7 35
13 Derby 25 4 34
14 Doncaster 23 1 34
15 Hull 25 -3 33
16 Barnsley 24 -5 33
17 Bristol City 25 -6 31
18 Portsmouth 24 -3 30
19 Ipswich 24 -6 28
20 Middlesbrough 25 -9 26
21 Sheff Utd 25 -16 26
22 Crystal Palace 25 -18 25
23 Scunthorpe 23 -14 23
24 Preston 24 -18 19


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