Leicester City topped Swansea by a score of 3-1 at the King Power on Tuesday night. City led at the half after Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall opened the scoring for the Foxes just two minutes into the match. A Stephy Mavididi penalty and a Yunus Akgun strike gave the Foxes a three-goal advantage before Joe Allen pulled on back for the visitors at the death.
That probably looks like a pretty comfortable margin and it kind of was, but...it took forever to put it to bed and there were numerous half-chances for the visitors. I doubt the gaffer is going to be thrilled with how casual his charges looked for long periods of time. Yes, in the end, they had too much talent for the Swans. The performance was just like Nuke LaLoosh pitches: Kinda all over the place.
I’ll tell ya this: If Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is distracted by transfer rumours, you would never know it by today’s performance. He was easily the best player on the pitch and looked a class above not just the Swansea squad but most of his teammates. Daka showed some rust but his workrate was excellent and he (sort of) got his reward by winning a penalty. Vestergaard may not have a future with us and his pace might be exposed in the Premiership, but he’s a monster at this level.
The win gives the Foxes 69 points from 29 matches and restores our 10-point edge over Ipswich Town, albeit with the Tractor Boys having a game in hand. On Saturday, it’s off to the mellifluously named Bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City. On the 10th, we travel down the M1 and square off against Watford.
Leicester City: Mads Hermansen, Ricardo Pereira (C), Wout Faes, Jannik Vestergaard, Callum Doyle, Dennis Praet, Harry Winks, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Kasey McAteer, Stephy Mavididi, Patson Daka
Swansea: Carl Rushworth, Bashir Humphreys, Nathan Wood, Josh Tymon, Harry Darling, Matt Grimes, Jay Fulton, Harrison Ashby, Jerry Yates, Liam Cullen, Jamie Paterson
Key Moments and Notes
1’- Close! The Foxes’ defence plays casually in close quarters and are almost made to pay. Vestergaard fails to control a difficult pass and Yates is in. Hermansen makes himself big and parries it, but the Swans really should be ahead.
2’- GOAL! Apparently, the plan was to lull the visitors into a false sense of security. Winks plays a neat ball to Daka near the centre circle. He plays the ball through to Dewsbury-Hall who is in acres of space behind the Swansea back line. He’s got McAteer in support but takes it himself and the keeper can’t get a glove to it.
“I’ll take ‘Things That Look Too Easy’ for $500, Alex.”
18’- Close! Oh my, how did that not ripple the net? Doyle sets KDH on his merry way in the left channel. He splits defenders to find Daka 8 yards out and all alone. You’d bet the house he’d score there, and you’d be homeless because he puts it wide.
23’- There’s a stoppage as Daka gets barged over by Fulton off the ball. As good a time as any to point out that the Foxes should probably have two or three by now. The Swans are playing a very high line and runners are getting behind them with regularity.
26’- That said, it’s not all Leicester City right now. Swansea are creating problems with balls over the top. Mavididi whiffs on a clearance and it falls to Yates. Hermansen easily collects the long-range effort.
39’- Not a lot is happening right now. The patient play Leicester often favour is not winning friends among the supporters. The foot isn’t just “off the gas;” City are on cruise control with their feet up on the dashboard right now.
43’- Harry Darling takes a throw for the Swans. I imagine he probably got a lot stick in school.
45’- Close! That’s more like it. Praet does well to win the ball in midfield to win the ball, finding Daka, who taps it to Mavididi. He takes on three defenders and shoots from outside the area which isn’t normally the sort of thing you want to see. He strikes it almost perfectly and it’s going in under the crossbar until Rushworth gets a finger to it to turn it onto the crossbar.
45+2’- Another Leicester break sees Dewsbury-Hall charge down the centre with Daka on his left and Praet on the right. His pass is a little behind Daka, but the Zambia man has plenty of time to shift it onto his left foot and line up his shot. It’s the wrong line, as this one terminates 10 rows deep into the stands. A host of Foxes players in the box do McKayla Maroney impressions.
HALF TIME: Leicester City 1 - 0 Swansea
46’- No changes at the half for the Foxes. This comes as no surprise.
53’- It’s been mostly Swansea here at the start of the second period, so Maresca wastes no time making his first change, introducing Yunus Akgun for Praet.
61’- Darling is down and he won’t be able to continue. Former Leicester loanee Kyle Naughton, all 35 years of him, is on for the Swans.
65’- Close! Swansea nearly find an equaliser. A ball over the top finds Paterson on the left wing. He crosses for Yates, whose low drive is just wide of the post.
70’- GOAL! Daka nips the ball off the last defender in the centre of the park and he’s gone. He’s brought down from behind in the box and the referee points to the spot. Mavididi slots home. I’m...not sure that was a penalty.
72’- GOAL! Rushworth plays a poor pass and KDH is on it. He passes to Daka, who shoots in traffic and it is duly blocked by substitute Ben Cabango. The deflection falls to Yunus, who passes the ball into the back of the net. What a cool finish.
80’- Tom Cannon and Marc Albrighton come on for Daka and McAteer, respectively.
88’- Two final changes for the Foxes: Ben Nelson and Arjan Raikhy are on for Vestergaard and Dewsbury-Hall.
89’- Close! Swansea are going all out to get one back for...reasons. Paterson crosses for Yates and he gets between Faes and Doyle. He glances it wide when he really should have scored.
90+4’- GOAL! The Foxes fail to clear their lines and madness ensues. Joe Allen (yes, that Joe Allen), finds the ball at his feet and pokes home from less than a yard. The Swans probably deserve that.
FULL TIME: Leicester City 3 - 1 Swansea
P.S. If anyone gets the reference in the URL, I’m impressed.