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Liverpool were “very lucky” to come away with a win from Loftus Road, admitted Steven Gerrard after the game, while Brendan Rodgers defended out-of-form Mario Balotelli and insisted he cannot be compared to Luis Suarez. You can say that again...
Gerrard: We were lucky | Rodgers defends Balotelli
HUGE roars from the Stoke fans as referee Michael Oliver awards a free kick right on the edge of the box for a Ki Sung-yueng foul on Erik Pieters. Charlie Adam’s low delivery is cleared as far as Phil Bardsley who, from the edge of the box, blazes over. A waste.
Brilliant stuff again from Victor Moses as he uses a quick turn of pace to get away from Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer. Rangel does catch up with the Stoke man in the end but trips him up with a knock to the knee. No free kick but play is brought back moments later so he can receive treatment.
Victor Moses has looked the most lively for Stoke today, and it's his blistering run down the left that causes problems for Swansea early on in this second half. Nathan Dyer is forced to track all the way back and Federico Fernandez comes across from centre-back to eventually dispossess the tricky winger.
Peeep! Peeeep! And, finally, away we go...
...because Steven Nzonzi appears to have a stomach problem. He trudges back out to the field later than everyone else but looks like he’ll start the second half. This could be interesting...
2 - Both of Charlie Adam’s Premier League goals from the penalty spot for Stoke have come against Swansea City. Converted.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 19, 2014
Tom Maston reports: "Swansea have played the better football throughout the first half, with Ki and Sigurdsson being allowed to dictate terms in midfield. Bony has struggled, but if the visitors can get him more involved then this game is there for the taking."
“You’re not fit to referee!” chant the home fans as referee Michael Oliver blows the half-time whistle. They do realise Swansea deserved their penalty and Stoke didn’t, right? Right...?!? A first half that was just edged by the visitors but the two teams go in all square at the break.
GOAL: Big call from referee Michael Oliver! Angel Rangel has his arm across Victor Moses and the winger goes sprawling to ground inside the area. Penalty, says Oliver, but it does seem harsh. Lukasz Fabianski goes the right way but can’t keep out Charlie Adam’s penalty in the bottom corner. One-one!
Vargas, Fer, Onouha, Charlie, Isla, Caluker, Dunne, Henry, Sandro, Yun, Traore, all played with guts and heart. And that's heartening to see— Amit Bhatia (@Amit_Bhatia99) October 19, 2014
Stoke look to respond quickly as Victor Moses breaks away down the left. He checks inside and cuts the ball back for Charlie Adam, whose rather tame effort is easily dealt with by Lukasz Fabianski.
And this is why you don't put him in your fantasy team. D'oh.
7 - No player has conceded more penalties since the start of the 2008/09 season than Ryan Shawcross in the Premier League. Clumsy.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 19, 2014
Ooh, well done Michael Oliver, good, courageous decision— Jay Jaffa (@jayjaffa) October 19, 2014
GOAL: Brave, but correct, penalty award from referee Michael Oliver and Swansea lead! Oliver points to the spot and books Ryan Shawcross for holding onto Wilfried Bony’s shirt from a corner. Stoke boss Mark Hughes shakes his head on the touchline as Bony steps up to coolly convert.
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