CARETAKER boss Michael Appleton saw Leicester hit Swansea with the old “one-two” at the Liberty Stadium.
Leicester were the brighter of the two sides as the game took shape in gale force conditions.
Marc Albrighton was twice denied in the box before Jamie Vardy’s 25 yarder was pushed over by Swansea stopper Lukas Fabianski.
However, the opener was not long in coming thanks to an own goal from Fernandez.
Riyad Mahrez whipped in a cross from the edge of the box and in trying to clear, Fernandez headed the ball into the top corner.
Vardy and Okazaki continued to cause problems for Swansea’s back four.
At the other end Kasper Schmeichel had an easy ride until the 37th minute.
Jordan Ayew’s cross took a deflection leaving Schmeichel to make a save at his near post.
Leicester struck with the all important second goal, three minutes after the break.
Mahrez delivered the perfect volley assist for Okazaki to tap home from six yards.
Swansea halved the deficit eight minutes later when Alfie Mawson swivelled in the box and beat Schmeichel at his far post.
The goal signalled Swansea’s best period in the game.
However, Leicester were equal to everything thrown at them and were happy to play on the break.
INTERACTIVE STATS – CLICK on the categories to find out how the teams fared
FACTS, STATS, GOALS & LOLS
- Swansea’s home victory in the last meeting ended a run of four consecutive defeats and proved to be Claudio Ranieri’s last league match in charge of the Foxes.
- Leicester’s four victories in those previous encounters came with an aggregate scoreline of 11-1.
- Prior to kick-off, home sides had won five of the six Premier League games between these sides.
INTERACTIVE LINE-UPS – CLICK on a player’s number below to see their stats
WHAT THEY SAID
Player/manager reaction to follow shortly…
DREAM TEAM RATINGS
SWANSEA: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Sanches (Routledge 78), Britton (Ki 46), Carroll, Narsingh (Dyer 56), Abraham, Ayew.
Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Van der Hoorn, Clucas, Rangel.
LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Okazaki (King 68), Vardy.
Subs not used: Hamer, Chilwell, Gray, Iheanacho, Amartey, Slimani.
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