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Premier League

  • 2 October 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 19523

Swansea 2-0 Stoke City: Scott Sinclair penalty & first goal for Danny Graham secures back-to-back home wins for Rodgers’ side

Swansea 2-0 Stoke City: Scott Sinclair penalty & first goal for Danny Graham secures back-to-back home wins for Rodgers’ side

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Swans' magnificent home start to Premier League life continues with a win over Pulis' Potters thanks to a first-half penalty from Sinclair and Graham's first for the club

Goals from Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham helped Swansea beat Stoke City 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

The game was a scrappy affair on the whole with referee Mike Jones booking eight players.

Swansea started brightly as they passed their way around the field and took the lead inside the first 10 minutes.

Joe Allen surged through midfield and looked to play Wayne Routledge into the box, and the former Newcastle man beat Ryan Shawcross to the ball, with the Stoke captain only managing to trip him up and concede a penalty, which Sinclair tucked away.

It had been nothing more than the Swans deserved for their bright start and it seemed to shock Stoke into life. The Potters soon had a chance to equalise through a Pennant free kick but the former Liverpool winger could only hit the wall.

Stoke began to impose themselves on the game more, playing mainly through Peter Crouch and Pennant, who was just unable to find a final ball good enough to trouble Ashley Williams and Garry Monk at the back for Swansea.

The Potters came close to equalising on 20 minutes as Walters picked up the ball in midfield, and as it sat up nicely he unleashed an effort which Michel Vorm did magnificently well to tip onto the crossbar.

The Swans appeared to be rattled and were unable to hold on to the ball for sustained periods of time. Mark Gower attempted a back-pass to Vorm from the opposition half and could only put the ball out for a Stoke corner which failed to produce a goal-scoring chance and spared Gower's blushes.

Marc Wilson was then substituted for Stoke after picking up an injury in a challenge with Nathan Dyer, Robert Huth his replacement.

Stoke's challenge fizzled out as the half went on, their only remaining chance saw Rory Delap fire high and wide from 20 yards.

The Potters' physical approach to the match also began to boil over as Andy Wilkinson and Crouch both picked up bookings for poorly timed challenges on Dyer and Gower respectively.

Swansea started the second half much as they began the first - Dyer, Sinclair and Routledge all using their pace to worry Stoke's physical back line.

Graham headed over from Sinclair's corner as his search for a first goal for the Welsh team continued.

The yellow cards also continued to come as Delap, Gower and Neil Taylor all went into referee Jones' notebook in quick succession.

Delap was substituted after a poor performance, while Cameron Jerome was brought on as Stoke looked to bolster their attacking options.

Tony Pulis' side were still looking for an equaliser and came close through Glenn Whelan as he hit the post with a free kick.

Swansea were searching for a goal of their own and came close through Sinclair as he cut in from the left and hit a rasping effort that Begovic did well to turn away at full stretch.

The game was beginning to open up and Crouch's flick on found Walters who turned brilliantly into the box but saw Williams block his effort.

The Swans then finally managed to wrap up the game when Whelan gave the ball away in midfield to Allen, who then played it to Graham.

Woodgate was weak in the challenge with his former Middlesbrough team-mate and when one on one with Begovic, Graham showed great composure to stroke the ball home for his first goal since becoming Swansea's record signing in the summer.

Crouch had a late chance to grab a consolation goal but Vorm saved well to preserve his record of not having conceded a home goal so far this season as Swansea celebrated a well earned win.

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