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16:53 3th January 2011

Swans out-Foxed at the Walkers

The Swans suffered a third consecutive defeat away from home as they were beaten 2-1 by Leicester.

A fine Scott Sinclair strike did level the score but the visitors will be disappointed in the manner which both Foxes goals were conceded.

Both came from corners, Bruno Berner and Darius Vassell getting the goals with simple finishes from inside the six-yard box.

Sinclair did have a great chance to level in the second-half but Leicester held on to clinch maximum points.

Young Jazz Richards played his first league game of the season at Leicester.

The 19-year-old completed 90 minutes at Peterborough in the Carling Cup earlier this season but lined up in the Championship for the first time since March of last year.

With regular left-back's Alan Tate suspended and Neil Taylor injured it gave the Wales Under-21 international the chance to impress.

There were four other changes with Kemy Agustien, Mark Gower, David Cotterill and Jermaine Easter all coming in at the Walkers Stadium.

Leicester: Chris Weale, Bruno Berner, Michael Morrison, Jack Hobbs, Kyle Naughton, Andy King (C), Richie Wellens, Yuki Abe, Lloyd Dyer (Matt Oakley, 84'), Paul Gallagher, Darius Vassell (Martyn Waghorn, 84').

Not Used: Conrad Logan (GK), Joao Teixeira, Steve Howard, Franck Moussa, Ben Mee.

Swans:Dorus de Vries; Angel Rangel, Garry Monk (C), Ashley Williams, Jazz Richards, Kemy Agustien (Joe Allen, 72'), Mark Gower (Nathan Dyer, 76'), Darren Pratley; David Cotterill, Scott Sinclair, Jermaine Easter (Craig Beattie, 68').

Not Used:Yves Makabu-Makalambay (GK), Albert Serran, Lee Lucas, Stephen Dobbie.

Attendance: 21,656 Away: 599

Referee: D Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

The Swans endured a horrid start to this clash at a bitterly cold Walkers Stadium and within six minutes they found themselves a goal down.

It materialised after Paul Gallagher won his side a corner after seeing a shot take a deflection and drop wide of goal. The first corner was cleared but from Gallagher's second delivery the Swans defence failed to clear and Bruno Berner popped up to poke home the opener from three-yards.

A reaction was desperately needed and in fairness to the visitors they clawed their way back with just over 10 minutes played - great build-up play by Ashley Williams, Kemy Agustien, Scott Sinclair and Angel Rangel led to the ball reaching Darren Pratley, his neat flick outside the box teed up Sinclair and he unleashed an unstoppable drive from 20-yards to level.

It took the winger's tally to 13 for the season and ended a run of eight games without a goal.

Darius Vassell could have restored the lead for the Foxes but sent a snap shot wide of goal, while Ashley Williams was inches away from finding the net as he connected with Mark Gower's corner midway through the half.

The Swans were starting to enjoy a spell on top and with 25 minutes gone Pratley and Easter linked-up well but the former blazed well over the top from the striker's flick.

And despite creating the better chances they found themselves behind for a second time going into the break, and again the defence failed to clear a corner which allowed Vassell the easiest of finishes from close-range.

Kemy Agustien almost drew level right at the death but he pulled his shot across goal and wide.

Half-Time: Leicester 2 Swans 1

The start to the second period failed to live up to its predecessor as both sides failed to create anything clear cut.

The Swans kept the ball well enough but as they approached the final third had a Leicester brick wall to contend with, while the home side looked to cause damage and extend their lead on the counter attack.

And mid-way through the half Brendan Rodgers felt that a change was in order with Craig Beattie sent on in place of Jermaine Easter to lead the attack.

But within two minutes of his arrival it could easily have been 3-1 as Darius Vassell raced on to a long pass, beating Garry Monk for pace and, with his first touch, fired goalwards only to force Dorus de Vries into making a fine save down to his left.

Joe Allen and Nathan Dyer were also sent on in place of Kemy Agustien and Mark Gower respectively as Rodgers played his final hand in a bid to get back into this game.

And with 13 minutes left on the clock Scott Sinclair had a glorious chance as he raced onto Darren Pratley's through ball, only had the 'keeper to beat but placed his shot the wrong side of goal.

Richie Wellens had a late chance for the hosts inside the area but it didn't matter as they held on to win the game 2-1 and inflict a third consecutive away defeat on Swansea City.
    Data provided by Press Association