Leicester coach sees Swansea clash as chance to improve this key area

Leicester City

Kevin Phillips has been working on finishing drills with the Leicester City strikers, ahead of the trip to Swansea City.

Of Leicester City's seven attempted shots against Newcastle United last weekend, only two struck the target yet none penetrated the net to tally a goal.

Foxes boss Nigel Pearson refused to make excuses, yet did point out that there was a lack of finisher's instinct from his team - and so striking coach Kevin Phillips has been tasked this week with optimising attacking efficiency.

"We’ve been working on our finishing every day," Phillips is quoted to have said by Sky Sports.

With nine points from eight games competed in the Premier League thus far, Leicester can break into the top half of the table with victory over Swansea City this weekend.

"We’ve made a big point about getting our delivery into the box right and making sure we put away those opportunities. Hopefully, if we get a chance on Saturday, after practising all week, we’ll take it.

"We know Swansea is a tough place to go, though," conceded Phillips, recognising the strength of the Welsh club as the Swans look to consolidate a spot in the European qualification places.

"They had a fantastic start to the season and their boss Garry Monk picked up the Manager of the Month award for August. The curse of winning that award seems to have set in since then and we’ll look to take advantage of maybe a lack of confidence in their camp.

"I covered their game against Stoke last week for Sky Sports and we all know how they like to keep the ball and use the pace in their team.

"But we’ve worked on our plans to stifle that and the shape we intend to use there and hopefully we have a good chance of winning the game ourselves - and enjoying Saturday night."

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