Wilfried Bony scored a brace as Swansea City returned to winning ways with a 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Leicester City.
The Welsh club had failed to register a victory in the league since winning their first three matches of the season, a run that had stretched to five matches. However, Bony found the net on two occasions at the Liberty Stadium to give Swansea an important three points ahead of a tricky run of fixtures that includes matches against Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City.
The Ivorian's first capped a superb passing move after 34 minutes and was just reward for a first half in which Swansea dominated possession. Bony doubled the lead in the 57th minute for his fourth goal in his last three top-flight matches. The result lifts Swansea to sixth, level on points with Arsenal and Liverpool, while Leicester now sit 16th.
Jefferson Montero was selected to make his first Barclays Premier League start as Garry Monk made two alterations to the Swansea side who lost 2-1 at Stoke City last weekend, while Nigel Pearson, who asked for the Liberty Stadium goals to be measured before kick-off, made four changes after a 1-0 loss at Newcastle United.
The hosts enjoyed the vast majority of the ball throughout the first half, with Bony getting the better of the early chances as he glanced a header wide of the left post before firing straight at goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from outside the penalty area after being teed up by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Icelander could have done better when Schmeichel fluffed a clearance in the 22nd minute, but Wes Morgan did just enough to get back and deny Sigurdsson the chance to shoot from close range.
Despite enjoying the lion's share of the ball, Swansea were struggling to create clear-cut chances, but a neat passing move unlocked the Leicester defence in the 34th minute.
After sending the ball to Sigurdsson with a delightful flick, Bony ran on to the return pass to send a clinical right-footed finish beyond the reach of Schmeichel.
Leicester failed to register a shot during the first half, but almost claimed a huge slice of luck when a long throw found its way onto the Swansea crossbar via a touch from Jonjo Shelvey three minutes into the second period.
Swansea will have been wary of letting another game slip as a brighter Leicester emerged after the break, with Danny Drinkwater stinging the palms of Lukasz Fabianski with a shot. However, Monk's men made it 2-0 shortly before the hour when Montero evaded his marker down the left and squared to Bony for a simple finish from a central position.
Shelvey rattled the crossbar with a sensational effort from 30 yards in the 63rd minute, but Riyad Mahrez gave home goalkeeper Fabianski plenty to think about with two decent efforts at the other end.
Leicester substitute Esteban Cambiasso might have reduced the deficit in the closing stages, but his effort hit the left-hand post after Fabianski had parried Leonardo Ulloa's header, and the Polish goalkeeper scooped the ball to safety.
Swansea manager Garry Monk: "I'm pleased with a deserved three points. It was never going to be an easy game. A little bit of pressure on us to perform and to get the win. It was really pleasing to come away with two well-worked goals. We were very clinical with the chances we had, which were very limited for bot teams."
"It's really important to be more clinical, if we had been we would have a lot more points from the five games. It was another two assists for Gylfi [Sigurdsson]; he's a very intelligent player, and he was well backed up by Jonjo [Shelvey] and Jefferson [Montero] and it’s important to have threats from everywhere and not just one area.
"We good have controlled the ball for longer periods in the second half, but we limited them to shots from distance and that’s a credit to the shape we’ve been working on and how hard defensively we've been working."
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "We didn't manage the ball well enough, didn't give ourselves the best chance to win the game. We weren't positive and made too many unforced errors.
"We had some pace out there today, but unless you utilise your own possession, it makes it very difficult to maximise those players' strengths.
"We huffed and puffed but without the quality we've shown in other games. The way we've played so far this season, I know we're better than what we've shown today."
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