Leicester 2-1 Swansea: Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan fire Foxes to first Premier League win
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 28/08/16 12:41am
Jamie Vardy and captain Wes Morgan fired Premier League champions Leicester City to a 2-1 win against Swansea in what was their first victory of the new campaign.
Vardy opened the scoring at a rain-sodden King Power Stadium with a trademark lethal finish in the 32nd minute and Leicester's dominance was rewarded through Morgan's close-range strike early in the second half.
The Foxes squandered an opportunity from the penalty spot when Riyad Mahrez's effort was saved and their problems were added to when Kasper Schmeichel went off injured.
But though Leroy Fer made it an uncomfortable last few minutes when he pulled a goal back for the visitors, Leicester held on for maximum points.
Nampalys Mendy was ruled out for Leicester after suffering an ankle injury against Arsenal, so 21-year-old defensive midfielder Daniel Amartey got the nod ahead of Andy King, while Danny Drinkwater also started after signing a new five-year deal with the club on Thursday.
Francesco Guidolin kept faith with the same starting XI that lost 2-0 to Premier League new boys Hull last week, while Scotland U21 striker Oliver McBurnie was included on the bench following his impressive double against Peterborough United in the midweek EFL Cup win.
The home fans were in full voice after Claudio Ranieri's side started on the front foot with Federico Fernandez booked for hacking down Vardy, although Mahrez wasted the resulting opportunity when he blasted his free-kick over the crossbar.
Gylfi Sigurdsson attempted to beat Schmeichel with a right-foot curler from just outside the area, but the Denmark international positioned himself well to get behind it.
The hosts continued to dominate possession and deservedly broke the deadlock after 32 minutes.
Drinkwater's defence-splitting pass was collected by Vardy ahead of Jordi Amat, and the champions' leading scorer last season with 24 goals, strode away to lash his right-foot strike home off the near post .
The England international bagged his sixth goal in his last seven top-flight appearances and it proved to be his first Premier League goal of the season to give his side lift-off.
Seven minutes into the second half, Leicester captain Morgan doubled the advantage on his 200th game for the club. It came from a corner kick which the visitors failed to clear with the former Nottingham Forest defender on hand to crash the ball high into the roof of the net.
After 55 minutes, Amat brought down Shinji Okazaki for a clear penalty, but Mahrez failed to take advantage as Lukasz Fabianski made a fine save to deny him and then Okazaki from the follow up.
Schmeichel was forced off through injury and was replaced by Ron-Robert Zieler, but the substitute 'keeper was helpless to prevent Fer from pulling a late goal back for Swansea with a towering header from Modou Barrow's superb delivery.
But it was Leicester who held out for the final few minutes as Ranieri celebrated his 100th Premier League game as a manager with all three points as his side extend their unbeaten home record to 17 top-flight games.
Leicester: Schmeichel (6) Simpson (7) Huth (7) Morgan (8) Fuchs (7) Mahrez (8) Drinkwater (9) Amartey (7) Albrighton (7) Okazaki (7) Vardy (9).
Subs used: Musa (7) Zieler (5) Ulloa (6).
Swansea: Fabianski (7) Naughton (6) Fernandez (6) Amat (6) Kingsley (6) Cork (6) Fer (7) Routledge (7) Sigurdsson (7) Barrow (7) Llorente (6).
Subs used: Ki (6) Montero (5) McBurnie (4).
Man of the match: Jamie Vardy