Leicester City boost survival hopes with third straight win

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An impressive performance from Leicester City left Swansea stunned as the Foxes moved off the bottom of the Premier League table for the first time since November.

Nigel Pearson’s men ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at the King Power on Saturday in a passionate display which saw goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King inspire the home crowd.

Swansea were overwhelmed by a side on a mission for survival with Leicester rejuvenated securing their third win in three games.

Striker Jamie Vardy could have scored within 20 seconds as the Foxes expressed their intent from the outset, bursting through from a Swansea kick off only to be halted at the last by Welsh captain Ashley Williams.

The hosts dominated the opening exchanges and took the lead in the 15th minute when Wes Morgan knocked down for Leonardo Ulloa to rifle home from close range for his first league goal since Boxing Day.

Ulloa only started due to an injury to striker David Nugent in the warm-up and the Argentine rewarded Nigel Pearson with a fine performance.

Marc Albrighton came close to adding a second moments later who’s swiveling shot squeezed narrowly wide.

Converting chances

Leicester’s main concern was a failure to convert chances as the hosts created many openings which could have punished Swansea who were pedestrian in large parts.

Croatian Andrej Kramaric’s curling effort just missed the top corner followed by two efforts from the impressive Ulloa and substitute Riyad Mahrez going unfinished in the second half.

The Foxes were nearly punished for their wastefulness as on-loan striker Nelson Oliveira forced a brilliant save from Kasper Schmeichel from close 10-yards.

As Leicester looked to maintain the lead they had, Pearson changed the formation to 4-4-2 and the East Midlanders’ looked to hit Swansea on the counter-attack.

The move nearly paid diligence as the tireless Vardy tumbled in the box appearing to be pushed by Williams, only for referee Lee Probert to turn away the appeals.

Leicester had their reward shortly after though as a well-worked Esteban Cambiasso – who was superb all afternoon – free-kick was fumbled by Swans ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski into the path of the incoming Andy King to secure the points for the hosts.

Survival chances

The result leaves Leicester in the relegation zone only on goal difference, moving above Burnley and QPR in the process. With six games to go, four at home, momentum is well and truly with Pearson’s side.

"It is never easy to achieve three wins in a row for a club in our sort of position," Pearson told Sky Sports. "It is what we need at this stage of the season.

"I am pleased for the players today. They have really committed to the season, and I can bemoan our luck at times, but we have kept our season alive.

"Winning games certainly helps that."

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