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Swansea 1 - Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 21.10.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

Michael Appleton was in "caretaker" charge after the sacking of Craig Shakespeare and owners wanted that instant ignition from the players and that was excactly what happened

Michael Appleton was back to the basics, making one change from the line-up starting against West Bromwich. In with Shinji Okazaki to get back the balance defensively between the midfield and the forward line.

Okazaki worked as everyone had hoped for and responded as he always does, with heart spirit and great work rate. Vicente Iborra was again partnering Wilfred Ndidi in the engine room, and they are still searching a bit between them, but Iborra looks more and more "home".

Vardy as alway viral up front and with Simpson, Morgan, Maguire and Fuchs in the back it's a solid and concrete defencing quartet. Appleton had completed his eleven with Albrighton and Mahrez in the wide positions.
 

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City came out fine and had the ball more than expeced. After 24 minutes Mahrez kept the ball clear of the line and managed to "troll" the Swansea defence and his pass to Vardy was deflected by Fernandez and City were suddenly in the lead.

We all know that when City are going into the lead opponents must open up and that is always something Vardy and Mahrez truly will take advantage of and so they did, but there were no more goals after the first half.

Among the 20 521 spectators at the game was also one Norwegian and he reported about a hard working team, and that every City player contributed well. We believe that no one had a bad performance and all players were up to rating 6 or higher.
 

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Michael Appleton did no mistakes and the players were 100 % in place for 2nd half. A great attacking display ended inside the penalty box and pass from Riyad Mahrez found Shinji Okazaki and his finish after 49 minutes, was a nice one, 2-0.

The game changed a bit after that and Alfie Mawson scored from a corner, turning on a coin and placing the ball in far distance from Kasper Schmeichel down to the right. A nice goal from the England U.21 international.

Swansea put pressure on Leicester, but it could have easilly been 3-1 to City when Jamie Vardy missed a chance alone with Fabianski. Vardy could have killed the game but instead it all became a struggle towards the end.

Positives:
Getting a win after a long and difficult period
Appleton doing the correct decissions before, under and hopefully also after the game
Mahrez rising in form, and hopefully he can perform like this also in the games coming up
Scoring two goals away, winning a difficult game against a good home team
Iborra starting to show what he is capable of, Maguire solid as a rock
Okazaki shows what the team is missing when he is not playing
Climbing the table and out of the bottom three

Negatives
Vardy not able to kill of games for City with chances an England international should do
Fuchs getting a yellow

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 6, Simpson 6, Fuchs 6, Morgan 6, Maguire 9, Ndidi 6, Iborra 8, Albrighton 7, Mahrez 8, Vardy 6, Okazaki 8
Subs: King, Gray

Match Stats:
H/A
Posession: 55 % / 45 %
Corners: 7 / 6
Shots on target: 13 / 12
Shots wide: 8 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offsides: 0 / 3

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