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    Swansea City 0 - Stoke City 1 Match Report

    Bojan Krkić celebrating his converted penalty which proved to be the decisive goal of the game.
    Stoke City continued where they left off before the international break with a successive Premier League win away from home, the first time they have managed this feat since December 2011. Swansea City captain Ashley Williams, who enjoyed qualification for Euro 2016 with Wales during the international break was probably still suffering from the lingering effects of euphoria when he fouled Bojan inside the box three minutes into the match. The foul was more clumsy than malicious & there was no doubt that the Stoke player exaggerated the contact but Robert Madley had little alternative than to give the penalty, which Bojan empathically dispatched into the top right corner. No other side in the league has a higher percentage of goals in the first 15 minutes of a match than Stoke with 33%.

    Defeat for Swansea meant that the last 11 Premier League games have resulted in only 2 wins & apart from Jonjo Shelvey's low drive which went under Jack Butland only for it to cannon off the post Stoke looked relatively comfortable defending their slender lead which proved enough to secure victory on a ground where wins for them have been few & far between. The Swans winless run now stretches to five league games & next up is a trip to Villa Park where they will come against Tim Sherwood who requires a win more than any other manager in the league.

    After scoring twice for Austria during the international period, Marko Arnautović had the ball in the Swansea net in the second half. However, for the second consecutive game he would have a goal ruled out due to offside. At Aston Villa he was wrongly ruled offside however, on this occasion the linesman made no mistake but had Pieters not delayed with his cross the Austrian would have doubled the score line for Mark Hughes's team. There was even a moment when Butland had a lapse of concentration & almost presented the ball to Andre Ayew. Though he ended up preserving Stoke's clean sheet his challenge on Ayew was with exposed studs & he was fortunate to not be penalised.

    After the game the Stoke manager was keen to highlight how they nullified Swansea's threat & taking the lead so early. "Sometimes you think you've scored too early. But we had control of the game.

    "Maybe if we'd taken more care with the final pass we might have capitalised on more opportunities.

    "They never really created anything of note. We've restricted them and created opportunities.

    "Swansea never got any momentum in the game which was important. We're on a decent run of form."

    That run of form he is referring to has a good possibility of enduring with a welcome home fixture against Watford on Saturday. A mention must go to the Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan who captained Stoke. By no means one of the most recognisable names in the Stoke team but his performance was imperious & offered sublime protection to the back four of Stoke.

    Lineups:

    SWA: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Shelvey, Cork (Ki - 59), Barrow (Sigurdsson - 59), Ayew (Éder - 80), Montero, Gomis Subs: Britton, Nordfeldt, Naughton, Bartley.

    STK: Butland, Johnson, Cameron, Wollscheid, Pieters, Adam (Van Ginkel - 70), Whelan, Shaqiri, Krkić (Ireland - 79), Arnautović (Afellay - 75), Joselu Subs: Muniesa, Wilson, Crouch, Haugaard.

    Referee: Robert Madley

    Statistics

    Possession:

    SWA: 55% STK: 45%

    Shots off target:

    SWA: 12 STK: 7

    Shots on target:

    SWA: 2 STK: 1

    Corners:

    SWA: 1 STK: 2
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    Item Reviewed: Swansea City 0 - Stoke City 1 Match Report Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Bola Williams
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