Swansea lost another home game as a resurgent Leicester inflicted a 2-1 defeat over the hosts at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Swansea 1 Leicester 2
Fernandez nets own goal
Foxes lead at the break
Okazaki doubles the lead
Mawson pulls one back
Appleton earns first win
In Leicester’s first game since sacking manager Craig Shakespeare, they moved out the relegation zone and up to 13th – thanks to an own goal from Federico Fernandez and a Shinji Okazaki poachers effort.
Alfie Mawson grabbed the consolation for the home side as they were unable to turn their possession into substance.
The 2015/16 Premier League Champions came into the fixture having sacked Craig Shakespeare in mid-week just four months after he signed a three-year deal to take the job on a permanent basis.
After a six-game winless run, the Foxes Thai owners decided to let go of Claudio Ranieri’s former assistant and allow Michael Appleton to take charge in a caretaker capacity.
And their opposition on the day, Swansea City had just one win from five, after a morale boosting 2-0 win over Huddersfield last weekend.
However, they got off to a rocky start when Riyad Mahrez forced an own goal from Federico Fernandez as his cross-cum-shot was deflected past his own goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The visitors looked content to allow the more fluent attacking side have the ball at their feet and pounce on any potential errors as they tried to play the ball out from defence.
And early into the second-half the tireless Shinji Okazaki doubled their lead as Appleton’s side were rewarded for the patience.
Marc Albrighton’s ball found Riyad Mahrez in acres of space in Swansea’s area.
While the hosts stopped playing as they thought he was offside but it was an excellent decision from the assistant and Mahrez subsequently slid the ball through to Okazaki to poke past Fabianski – for his second assist of the afternoon.
Alfie Mawson pulled one back for the home side in the 55th minute after some questionable marking in the area to allow the defender to turn and shoot beyond Kasper Schmeichel but the comeback the home supporters were yearning for never arrived.
The Foxes comfortably saw out the game to rise in 13th place in the table, while the Swans dropped to 15th.
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