The Bosnian was never really tested to his full potential in the first 45 minutes, but was forced to put in a commanding display in his area and the clean-sheet was in much thanks to the shot-stopper who gave no inkling of conceding, finishing off the game with a cracking save from Caulker’s late header.
Failed to deal with Dyer’s early match urgency, but the threat from the attacking winger soon calmed and Wilson had more time to dictate play from the back and get the ball forward.
Made a vital contribution to Stoke’s second with a throw-in that matched those of the benched Rory Delap, sending the ball into the box for Crouch to head in to double the Potters’ lead. His agility kept the Swansea defenders active and on their feet to restrict his contributions.
Didn’t allow Taylor and Sinclair to run circles around him and halted their progress, especially when Swansea had a firm hold on the ball and restricted the amount of crossing.
The former West Ham man was one of several who struggles to fend off Swansea’s first-half dominance, but soon recovered along with his team-mates and his storming header impressively put the Potters in the lead. Kept the visitors at bay with stubborn defending and strength.
The Potters captain put in a decent display to prevent the visitors making the most of their time on the ball with many effective clearances and challenges.
Gave Rangel a few problems down the left, but the full-back had the winger’s contributions in check more times than none. Etherington always in the action at some point, had plenty of time on the ball, but needed to do a little more with it.
Passed well was a constant attribute for the hosts when they looked to attack, as well as take back possession.
Frequently got the ball forward for the Stoke attackers to run onto and was always on the move to keep the momentum going through the middle.
Didn’t mirror his strike partner’s more successful afternoon on the pitch, but the forward is always a danger and his movement made sure the Swansea defenders couldn’t allow themselves to take their eyes off of him.
Didn’t give Swansea many problems in the opening few minutes of the game, but as Stoke began to repel the Swans’ dominance, the striker began to give the Welsh side something to think about and the visitors paid the price after allowing the towering attacker to head in the Potters’ second just before the break and kept being a threat throughout.
Stepping in for regular ‘keeper Michel Vorm, the German was first tested with Upson’s opener and allowed himself to be blinded by the pack of players in front of him, reacting poorly to the defender’s powerful header. Swansea’s man behind the sticks was again let down by his instincts for the Potters’ second, getting a touch to Crouch’s header and should have got more of a hold on the ball, but let it trickle into the back of the net instead. Wasn’t really tested again but kept a commanding presence during the second-half and dealt with the aerial threat better.
Culpable for letting Stoke take the lead and then compounded it with some poor marking in the Swansea box during set-pieces and throw-ins into the danger zone.
Dealt with Etherington effectively for most of the match with the winger constantly making trips down the full-backs’ flank and fended off the Stoke man’s threats, restricting his ability to whip the ball into the area. Had the occasional slip to give the Stoke attackers a way through however and needed to be more responsive at times.
The centre-back was another who should have been marking tighter during Stoke’s attacks and should have had the back-line more efficiently organised. Had a great chance for a consolation goal at the death, but a superb save from Begovic denied the defender.
Shotton was certainly a match for the left-back and the young winger was frequently on the radar of Taylor, forcing the defender to shore up on the flanks with stern challenges and effective placement of himself, something which he failed to do on various occasions.
Another who should have offered more for the Swans. The midfielder’s passing was decent, but didn’t get Swansea carrying the momentum they needed to get back at Stoke.
A low-key performance from the Icelandic middle-man who although kept the ball rolling during Swansea’s attacks, could have contributed a little more to help his side pull the game back.
The winger had a great chance in the early moments after being set-up by Dyer, but his shot was skied high over the Stoke goal after dropping his marker inside the Potters’ area. Didn’t offer much else during the game and as largely unimpressive.
Passed well through the middle for the Swans and in their moments of dominance was a positive fixture in the Swans’ line-up. However, the midfielder was often outdone by his Stoke counterparts and allowed the ball to progress up the pitch to put his side in danger.
Put on a disappointing display against Stoke and failed to contribute from the wings to Graham who was left frustrated by a lack of service.
Wasn’t offered much goal action thanks to a lack of service and had few shots to try and get Swansea back in the game, most of which never tested Begovic.
- 29 T. Sørensen
Arrived late in the game and shored up the midfield with some fresh legs.
- 16 J. Pennant
The midfielder came into the game late to help keep the score in Stoke’s favour.
Came on in the second-half and gave the visitors some problems with his pacey movement.
- 9 K. Jones
- 10 R. Fuller