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29 September 2012
• Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 27330
P. Crouch 12', 36'
So Stoke have their first win of the season whilst Swansea current run of form will be worrying for manager Michael Laudrup. Thanks for joining us this afternoon - goodbye for now.
Michael Kightly, Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam all performed well for the home side with Ki being Swansea's best player with an assured display from centre midfield.
Swansea started the second half much brightly but couldn't find their way through and after Matthew Etherington's introduction it was once again Stoke who looked more likely to score.
90' + 4'
Stoke's performance in the first half won today's match, they controlled the whole half of football managing to score two goals courtesy of striker Peter Crouch on his 500th league appearance.
90' + 4'
FULL TIME: It's all over at the Britannia and Peter Crouch's double in the first half sees the Potters claim their first win of the season.
90' + 3'
Late pressure by Swansea sees them win another corner ... but Stoke defend well.
Four additional minutes at the Britannia...
Stoke Substitution: Crouch comes off to a standing ovation, replaced by Kenwyne Jones.
Peter Crouch once again going for a 'Goal of the Season' contender as Kightly drifts in a cross, he goes for an over-head kick, but completely misses the ball.
Matthew Etherington is really enjoying himself down Swansea's right side when Rangel pushes further forward. Another surging run from the Englishman sees Jon Walters head his cross wide.
Stoke substitution: Midfielder Glenn Whelan is forced to go off and is replaced by Dean Whitehead.
Stoke hit the bar!!! Etherington again down the left, he chips his cross the the far post where Crouch wins his header only for it to hit the woodwork, so close for the hat-trick.
Stoke beginning to come back into the game now as Etherington does well down the left his cross is too high for Crouch.
Substitution for Swansea: Luke Moore on for Michu
That high boot contacted with Marc Wilson's right eye and the defender looks to have swelling but seems as though he is able to continue.
Corner comes to nothing as Chico is penalised for a high boot.
More Swansea pressure as Ki tries to find Rangel down the right but Etherington tracks back and forces a corner..
Stoke substitution: That was Charlie Adam's last touch as he is replaced by Matthew Etherington.
Chance for the home side! Great work by Adam down the left and his cross causes mayhem in the area but Swansea win a free-kick.
The away side manage to win themselves two corners and from the second the ball finds itself at Danny Graham at the back post, the striker tries to find half a yard of space but shoots well over.
It's Stoke's turn to withstand pressure, it's been all Swansea since the break at the Britannia.
Substitution for Swansea - Routledge comes on for Hernandez
Ki has a surging run through the midfield, plays the ball out to the left where he finds Graham. He plays the ball back inside to Hernandez but he shoots wide, the former Valencia man looks a different player in the second half.
Yellow Card Jonathan Walters
Lovely interplay between Ki and Dyer sends the latter away down the right, only to be dragged down by Jon Walters who is booked.
Yellow Card Ben Davies
Penalty shout for Swansea! Hernandez plays a lovely delicate pass to the again overlapping Davies, the left back goes to ground inside the box but is booked for simulation. Looked the correct decision by Jonathan Moss.
Swansea get an overlap on the left side as left back Ben Davies surges forward but his cross goes behind for a goal-kick. Much better start to the second half by the Swans though.
Stoke try to catch Swansea on the counter but Charlie Adam's cross field ball is too hard and the ball goes out for a Swansea throw.
Swansea look a different side early on in the second half, two robust challenges by Chico and the ball eventually gets played to Ki who has a terrific shot from distance to force a smart save from Begovic.
The teams are back out and they're about to get the second half underway, no changes from either side.
45' + 1'
Our man at the Britannia is Alex Fisher, he says: "Swansea may have been the surprise package of last season but on this first half showing they are nowhere near the side they were. Stoke have dominated this game and fully deserve to be ahead. The Swansea defence have absolutely no answer in dealing with Peter Crouch. A lot of work for Michael Laudrup to do at half-time.”
45' + 1'
HALF TIME: Referee Jonathan Moss brings the first half to and end with the home side enjoying a comfortable 2-0 lead. Michael Laudrup will have a lot to say in his half-time team talk.
Swansea do have the last chance of the half however, Ki's free-kick finds Michu who plays the ball back for Leon Britton to strike but his shot is high and not troubling Begovic.
Not much to note as the first half is coming to a close, Stoke have been far the better side.
Both Michael Kightly and Geoff Cameron have been impressive down Stoke's right side in the first half, giving young Ben Davies many problems who is getting no help from Hernandez.
Stoke beginning to boss the game again, another long ball to Crouch as he heads down to Adam who does extremely well to find Cameron on the right, however his chipped cross is overhit.
Goal Peter Crouch
GOAL FOR STOKE! CROUCH AGAIN!
It's not beautiful football to say the least but Stoke make it 2-0 as a cross comes in from the right and the Swansea defence are all over the place, failing to clear twice and Peter Crouch finds space to tap home from six yards to double his side's lead.
Extremely scrappy play by Stoke sees Kightly move into the box with the ball, Swansea hold firm well and clear.
Close for Swansea! Danny Graham lays the ball off to Michu and the Spaniard's left foot shot is only around a foot wide of the post.
Stoke responding as Michael Kightly goes down the right, cuts inside but his shot is blocked.
That pressure results in a second corner for Swansea, but Begovic is demanding and removes any danger.
Swansea now seeing far more of the ball, trying to get their fluid passing working. Slowly building pressure.
Sloppy back pass by Stoke gives Danny Graham half a chance, but his shot is weak and Begovic saves.
Swansea start to build pressure after a succession of set-pieces but nothing comes of it.
Swansea have their first shot on goal with Michu having a pop from distance but is easily gathered by Begovic.
All stoke now, Charlie Adam has a shot with his weaker right foot after a knock down by Crouch, high and wide.
Assist Glenn Whelan
Goal Peter Crouch
GOOOALLL! Stoke take the lead!
From that corner, Glenn Whelan swings the ball in and it's all too easy from that man making his 500th league appearance, Peter Crouch. Good header though take nothing away from the big man.
Stoke with the first meaningful attempt on goal, good build up play in midfield finds Marc Wilson on the left, cuts inside to shoot and forces a corner from Vorm.
A lot of long balls heading towards Crouch by Stoke, as you'd expect.
There's a scramble in the box as a ball is played to Peter Crouch who nods it back into the penalty area but Swansea clear.
Stoke begin to work themselves into the game as Charlie Adam crosses from the right and earns the first corner of the game.
Were off and it's Swansea with the upper hand in the early exchanges, keeping the ball well.
The teams are on the pitch at the Britannia, kick off imminent.
One milestone worth noting this afternoon is Peter Crouch is poised to make his 500th league appearance, can he cap it off with a goal? Under ten minutes to go to find out.
Our referee this afternoon is Jonathan Moss, who has issued nine yellow cards in his two games this season, so expect bookings.
SWANSEA SUBS: Tremmel, Monk, Tiendalli, De Guzman, Shechter, Routledge, Moore.
STOKE SUBS: Sorensen, Edu, Upson, Whitehead, Etherington, Jones, Owen.
Chico returns for the Swans at the heart of the defense. Michael Laudrup has decided to bring in Leon Britton for Jonathan De Guzman and Nathan Dyer starts despite his sending off last week in place of Wayne Routledge.
Tony Pulis names an unchanged side that lost away to Chelsea last week, with winger Matthew Etherington failing to get into the side at Jon Walters' or Michael Kightly's expense.
SWANSEA: Vorm, Rangel, Williams (c), Chico, Davies, Britton, Ki, Dyer, Hernandez, Michu, Graham.
STOKE: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Wilson; Walters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Adam, Kightly; Crouch
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live play-by-play coverage of Stoke v Swansea. I'm Dale Jones and i'll be taking you through today's game, starting with the starting line-ups...
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