Swansea pile further pressure on relegation-threatened Leicester
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 21:11
They are the first champions to lose five straight games in a season since Chelsea in 1956, are still without a league goal in 2017 and remain a solitary point above the bottom three.
Swansea City, in contrast, could not be happier.
Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson struck as Swansea City piled the pressure on Claudio Ranieri with a 2-0 Premier League win over relegation rivals Leicester City.
Both goals came in the last 10 minutes of the first half, defender Mawson scoring a stunning volley - his third strike in six league matches - before Olsson got his first Swansea goal with a shot Kasper Schmeichel should have saved.
With Leicester sitting deep and Swansea patiently probing without creating too much in the early stages, the game was a slow-burner, so much so that we had to wait 34 minutes before either side registered a shot on goal.
Those struggles have led to Leicester collecting just one point since the turn of the calendar year, with no side in the top four tiers of English football boasting a worse record - Aston Villa, Coventry and Leyton Orient also have just a solitary point to show for their efforts.
Leicester, meanwhile, provided no threat in the opposition's territory as the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy struggled to make an impact.
Leroy Fer then broke through Leicester's midfield as Swansea started to take charge, he teed up Sigurdsson from 20 yards but his shot flew wide.
Swansea were not finished in the first period, however, and doubled their lead in the second minute of stoppage time when Sigurdsson found Martin Olsson with a clever pass and the left-back thumped one past the stranded Schmeichel, who was again left exposed by his static defence.
Vardy had a decent chance to get Leicester on the scoresheet 10 minutes from time after a smart pass from Slimani found the Englishman in space, but his effort was wide of the post as Swansea survived another risky moment. Mahrez, drifting infield, picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and released Slimani in behind Mawson. It kind of summed up Leicester's day.