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Brendan Rodgers delighted with Swansea City's 'steel' in 2-0 win over Stoke City

Swans boss hails his team's battling qualities after a tough win over the Potters and reserves special praise for Danny Graham after the striker scored his first goal for the club

Brendan Rodgers praised his side's fighting spirit after Swansea City battled to a 2-0 victory over Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium.

The win continued the Swans' unbeaten home start to their Premier League campaign and Rodgers was happy after his side showed grit and determination to go with their passing ability.

He said: "It was a mammoth effort, everyone knows Stoke are one of the most difficult teams to play against and I thought our performance and what we put into the game was incredible.

"My players have put a marker down that people who do not know us will look at.

"Everyone talks about our style and our football, I think you saw there is a steel in the team. To keep a clean sheet against a team like that, the players were incredible and they got their just rewards."

Scott Sinclair opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Danny Graham struck in the last ten minutes, netting his first for the club, and Rodgers was happy for his record signing.

"He has been outstanding since he has come in and when you have his quality it's a matter of time," Rodgers continued.

"In fairness to him, that's the first clear run he has had in on goal. In the games he has played his movement has been great and he has linked the game well.

"When he gets a chance, nine times out of 10 he will put it away, and he got a great ovation at the end which he thoroughly deserved.

"It was a a wonderful finish, he showed great composure and technique to lift it over the keeper and it was a goal he and the team thoroughly deserved."

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