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26 February 2012
• Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 26678
M. Upson 24'
P. Crouch 39'
There is the full time whistle and two first goals that perhaps Stoke didn't deserve has ensured they received the three points. In the second half though, the hosts played superbly and could have extended their lead. The victory ensures Stoke's first victory since January 2nd in the Premier League.
90' + 2'
That is a brilliant save from Begovic. Sigurdsson gets his head on a cross and from point blank range the keeper gets a palm on the powerful header to ensure it hits the bar and goes clear. It's taken 92 minutes for a chance like that to be created.
90' + 1'
Swansea still trying as the might to get a goal but they have been poor in the final third of the pitch today.
This game is certainly drifting towards a comfortable 2-0 victory for the Potters now.
With that non-penalty decision goes Swansea's last chance of victory you feel as Stoke once again step up a gear to create a couple of chances. Neither of which had any danger of beating Tremmel though.
Big, big call from Howard Webb there. Sigurdsson looked to have clear space to get a shot away in the 18-yard box but he couldn't quite get a strike on goal as it appeared that Dean Whitehead pulled on his shirt. Nothing doing according to Mr Webb.
In fairness the changes do appear to have made a difference for Swansea here but it is still looking unlikely that they will score here as an end product really is proving to be something of a problem for them.
If the scores stay the same then Stoke will overtake Swansea in the league and move into 12th place, while Swansea slip to 14th and just nine points clear of the drop zone. Any danger of being dragged into a relegation battle?
Swansea are starting to create more chances here but they still haven't come close to scoring. The latest player to try his luck from distance is Sigurdsson who fires some way wide of the goal.
This is certainly an interesting decision. As Swansea are chasing the game Brendan Rodgers has taken off Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer with Josh McEachran and Luke Moore coming on.
Peter Crouch has been absolutely superb for Stoke today. In fairness, Swansea haven't defended very well against him but his link up play has been excellent.
Better from Swansea as a one-two with Dyer finds Rangel with a shooting opportunity just outside the area but his shot was blocked wide by Shawcross.
You have to admire how well Stoke have pressed the ball in this second half, Swansea players just haven't been given a moments peace.
Brendan Rodgers' men just can't get a foot in here and the longer it stays like this the more comfortable the three points appear to be for Swansea.
This isn't turning out to be the best debut ever from Tremmel as he once again flaps for a ball that he wasn't going to get near and a flick on from Crouch almost sees Walters get on the end of the ball but to no avail.
This half really has been all Stoke and Swansea are camped in their own half now.
Pretty good start to the half here from Stoke as they have played with far more pace than they even attempted in the first 45 minutes. Swansea still struggling to deal with set pieces though.
We are back underway here at the Britannia.
That is half time in what has been something of a baffling 45 minutes for Swansea. They have had all of the play but have been suckerpunched twice by Stoke with set piece goals.
Guess what, that game has gone straight back to the same pattern as Swansea enjoy possession but Stoke keep them at bay relatively easily.
GOOOAAALLLLL!!! That is what is called as a sucker punch...again! This time from a throw in by Ryan Shotton Stoke have scored a headed goal. Shotton's throw in causes all sorts of problems and Crouch is allowed to head home with ease. Got to question the defending from Swansea though.
The Swans are pushing and pushing on here but are finding it a bit of a struggle to break down their opponents. Finding space not proving to be a problem in the first two-thirds of the pitch but Tony Pulis' defenders are making sure they don't have a sniff in the final third.
Swansea assume the responsibility of keeping the ball once again but this Stoke defence is proving to be particularly obdurate at the moment.
Absolutely brilliant tackle from Upson here saves a certain goal. Neil Taylor runs from deep and takes the ball by a number of static Stoke defenders before entering the area and just before pulling the trigger Upson comes across to block.
Yellow CardRyan Shawcross
Not a bad effort for an instant reply for Swansea. Gylffi Sigurdsson strikes a free kick from the left hand side onto the roof of the net. As close as the away side have come so far despite dominating the possession.
GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! What was I saying about the home team waking up? Well they certainly have now as Matthew Upson has fired them in front. Etherington's corner is met by the surprisingly free head of central defender Upson. Not what they deserved but Tony Pulis won't care.
Stoke having to do a great deal of backtracking and defending currently and the home fans might be wondering when they're team will wake up from this slumber they seem to be in.
There nearly was the first real chance for Swansea. A lovely through ball found Scott Sinclair on the right hand side but he delayed making the decision and his cross for the back post was easily cleared as Stoke got men back.
Swansea appear to have hit their stride in the last five minutes or so and have managed to keep the ball for long periods. Though no real chances being created by either side.
Good spell of possession there for Swansea and Stoke can certainly expect to see plenty more of that in this game. Brendan Rodgers urging his men to keep the ball for longer periods.
Home side certainly on the front foot here at the moment as they look to try and get the ball forward as quickly as possible. Swansea still finding their feet at the Britannia.
Can certainly tell here that Gerhard Tremmel in goal for Swansea has not played a lot of football against Stoke. He is trying to be positive and get out to meet the ball every time it's near but is not finding it easy getting through the sea of bodies around him.
Peter Crouch then goes close for the hosts as a Matty Etherington shot on the edge of the area is hit to Crouch who swivels in the area but his shot is blocked well.
Not a bad start here from the visitors as Nathan Dyer pulls the ball back for Scott Sinclair who fires over the bar. Should have done better.
Swansea City get the game underway here at the Britannia Stadium.
The big team news here is that standout performer of the season for Swansea Michel Vorm isn't well enough to take his part and so his place is taken by Gerhard Tremmel, while Joe Allen has returned to the lineup after injury.
Unsurprisingly Stoke have made 11 changes to the team that traveled to Spain in midweek to lose narrowly to Valencia. The Potters now haven't won in the Premier League since January 2nd and another bad result today could see them dragged into a relegation battle that seemed unlikely the last time they won.
Swansea City: Tremmel; Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor; Britton, Sigurdsson, Allen; Dyer, Graham, Sinclair. Subs: Gower, Tate, Routledge, Monk, McEeachran, Lita, Moore.
Stoke City: Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson; Shotton, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington; Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Fuller, Pennant, Delap, Jerome, Palacios.
Good afternoon everyone and a very warm welcome to you for Goal.com's live commentary of Swansea City visit of Stoke City. Tony Pulis could be facing a few problems today if his team doesn't win having taken a reserve team to Valencia in midweek to play in front of thousands of frustrated Potters fans.
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