Thursday 21 February 2019

Win at Swansea changes nothing for Leicester caretaker boss Michael Appleton

Leicester caretaker manager Michael Appleton oversaw the Foxes' 2-1 win at Swansea
Leicester caretaker manager Michael Appleton oversaw the Foxes' 2-1 win at Swansea

Caretaker Leicester boss Michael Appleton insists victory at Swansea has not changed his mind on becoming a full-time candidate for the job.

Appleton took charge after Craig Shakespeare's midweek sacking and oversaw Leicester's second Premier League victory of the season, 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Federico Fernandez's first-half own goal and Shinji Okazaki's fifth of the season just after the interval put Leicester in control before Swansea defender Alfie Mawson halved the deficit.

The visitors were full value for their first win in seven games but Appleton said: "One game doesn't make you a Premier League manager and I'm very aware of that.

"But I'm also aware that I'd like to think as an assistant I'm more than capable of doing that role.

"I've done it twice now - I had 15 months at West Brom and here at Leicester - and I'd love an opportunity to continue to do that.

"I signed a three-year deal in the summer to be the assistant manager.

"I walked away from an environment at Oxford in League One which was quite stable, and I thought I was doing the same thing at Leicester.

"Nothing's changed from my point of view, I would love to honour the contract I signed in the summer but those things are out of my control."

Appleton expects to be in charge again for Tuesday's Carabao Cup clash against Leeds as the club's owners continue to search for their third manager in eight months.

The 41-year-old will go into that cup tie buoyed by the fact that Leicester are now out of the relegation zone following their first league win since the second weekend of the season.

"The way we created chances, especially in that first half an hour, was very pleasing," Appleton said.

"We moved the ball well through the thirds and to see the game out and counter-attack at the right time was very pleasing also.

"We had an opportunity to come away from home and feel better about ourselves and we did that."

Swansea boss Paul Clement could not hide his disappointment after a fourth defeat in five home league games.

Clement's side had beaten Huddersfield 2-0 last weekend but are now only outside the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference.

"I thought last week we took a step forward against Huddersfield," Clement said.

"Forgetting the opponent it was more about how we performed.

"We were able to take what we did on the training field into the game. So that was a forward step, but we've taken a backward step now.

"Our performance in the first half was what caused the damage because we were too open defensively."

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