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The King Power Stadium (ATT 26,171) 8th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Hegley

Leicester Leicester City vs Swansea City Swansea

Leicester 2

M Waghorn (69)
D N'Guessan (72)

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Swansea 1

A Williams (17)

Foxes hit back to stun Swans

Waghorn and N'Guessan score in 2-1 win for Leicester

Last Updated: 08/08/09 5:44pm

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N'Guessan: Scored winning goal

N'Guessan: Scored winning goal

Leicester made a winning return to the Championship as they came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1.

Swansea got off to a good start in their first competitive match under Paulo Sousa and took the lead through Ashley Williams' header in the 17th minute, but Leicester responded well to take all three points.

Steve Howard's penalty was saved by Dorus de Vries before Martyn Waghorn equalised in the 69th minute and fellow debutant Dany N'Guessan then struck the winner moments later.

Early opener

Leicester looked bright in possession early on, with summer signing Richie Wellens quickly impressing the home faithful in the heart of midfield - but it was Swansea who opened the scoring.

Mark Gower saw his shot deflected wide by Matty Fryatt and strolled over to take the resulting corner, which he delivered perfectly for the unmarked Williams to power home a header from six yards out.

The Swans lost Joe Allen to injury soon after, paving the way for Jordi Lopez to come on and make his debut for the Welsh outfit.

Chances were at a premium for the rest of the first half, though, with a blocked shot from Fryatt the closest the Foxes came to mustering a leveller.

Fryatt and Andy King went off at the break to be replaced by N'Guessan and Waghorn, and the impetus was quickly with the Foxes.

N'Guessan, who arrived from Lincoln this summer, was at the heart of it all and he had a shot blocked before firing wide.

And the Frenchman then found Howard in the middle after a typically bustling run down the right, and the big frontman teed up Matt Oakley, but he mis-hit his shot.

Pressure

However, the Foxes kept up the pressure and when Bruno Berner burst into the box and was brought down by Williams, referee Grant Hegley pointed to the spot, but De Vries dived superbly to his left to keep out Howard's kick.

De Vries then denied Waghorn's effort from Oakley's corner, before Howard scooped an effort over the top after receiving another ball from the lively N'Guessan and breaking through two defenders.

But the goal finally came midway through the second half when Lloyd Dyer broke down the left and squared for Waghorn, whose shot flicked off Garry Monk on its way in.

And the Foxes completed the turnaround just three minutes later when Oakley's corner was knocked back across goal by Howard for N'Guessan to net.

N'Guessan almost created another for Howard but he headed over the top, before the impressive N'Guessan thumped the crossbar with a header of his own from Nicky Adams' cross.

The Foxes continued to carve out chances but could not take one - and they were almost made to pay in stoppage time when Lopez whistled a shot just inches past the post.

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