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February 12, 2014
• Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 24822
P. Crouch 17'
Chico Flores 52'
That's your lot from me today. I've done what Lionel Messi has never done and succeeded on a wet & windy night in Stoke. My name's Kev Blundell, catch you next time.
Stoke have added another point to their bid to beat the drop, but it's games like this they need to win if they are to stay in the Premier League. Their home form has been excellent so far this season, but they can't afford to let it drop considering how bad they are away from home.
The draw sees Swansea move up into the top half of the table, but still a whopping nine points behind Newcastle in ninth place. Monk won't be looking up, though, and his main aim for the season is ensuring that the club stay in the Premier League.
You could argue that Garry Monk got what he came here for, but the opportunity was there for his side to grab all three points tonight. Mark Hughes will have similar feelings, and will no doubt protest the decision not to award his side a second half penalty. All in all, a draw was a fair result in a largely even game.
90' + 6'
Full time! Well that's that - the sound of the final whistle brings a close to tonight's proceedings and both managers will be happy with a point.
90' + 4'
Broken play now, both sides seem to be happy with settling for a point. Some great saves have kept this one level, but there should have been more goals really.
90' + 2'
Charlie Adam gets one last foul in, bringing down Canas with yet another nasty challenge. Petty and pointless from the former Liverpool man - wasting what precious little time is left.
90' + 1'
Stoke are doing everything in their power to get a winner here tonight - they're pressing and probing, forcing Swansea to defend deeper than you've probably ever seen them defend before.
Leon Britton makes his way off the field and is replaced by Jordi Amat, pretty much sums up what Garry Monk wants from this game now - a point.
Yellow CardPeter Crouch
DRAMA! Crouch is brought down by Williams' trailing leg in the box - the striker goes down easily, but it definitely could have been given. Williams is a lucky man.
De Guzman with a stinging effort from way out earns his side a corner, but the ball in to the box is far too close to Begovic, who gathers with ease.
Swansea keep pressing high in search of the winning goal, but as they do they leave themselves open to the Stoke counterattack. Assaidi is perfect for this type of situation, full of pace and end product.
John Guidetti's not made much of an impact since coming on, but the striker will just be glad to be back playing football after suffering from a mystery illness for the past few months, rumoured to have been caused by some dodgy chicken!
The game has opened up now and plenty of mistakes are occurring in the midfield areas as possession changes hands very quickly. If there's going to be a goal, it's going to be on the counter.
WHAT? How did that not go in? The ball falls to Bony on the edge of the six-yard box and in acres of space he fires his effort towards goal, but Shawcross is there to make an acrobatic clearance off the line. Massive, massive intervention by the Stoke captain.
Jonathan De Guzmán
GET IT UP THE LINE! Pieters takes a long throw from inside his own half and the wind carries it way into Swansea's half. A bit of nostalgia for the Stoke fans there, even if it led to nothing.
Absolutely nothing, that's what! Adam fires well over, and his delivery lets him down and not for the first time this evening.
Yellow CardLeon Britton
Stick to passing, Leon. The midfielder makes a woeful challenge and leaves Charlie Adam with a free kick from about 25-yards out - what's he got in his locker...
Mark Hughes confirms his intentions by making his final change of the evening. Loanee John Guidetti comes on for Whelan and it's gung-ho for the home side from here on in.
Stoke are beginning to find their groove again, and we could be in for a thrilling end to the match as both sides look for the winner.
Bony's putting in a shift in the second half, it's a shame his shooting hasn't matched his effort and intelligent runs. He drops deep and in doing so brings several Swansea players in to the action. Clever stuff.
Adam finally puts in a decent ball from the resulting free kick and to be honest Shawcross should have made a better attempt at getting on the end of it.
Pablo Hernandez is getting very involved now, the midfielder goes in late on Charlie Adam and receives his final warning of the night. Next one's a yellow.
The subs haven't had much of an effect on the game yet - Stoke are camped inside their own half and are let off the hook as Bony can't latch on to a lovely through ball that eventually goes out for goal kick.
Mark Hughes with a statement of intent as Assaidi and N'Zonzi enter the fray. Assaidi will offer some extra flair going forward and has sparkled during his loan spell with the Potters.
Stoke are going to have change things up now, it's all well & good having none of the ball when you're leading, but now they've got to go out and push Swansea.
THAT'S A GOAL! Chico Flores forces me to eat my words as he flicks home a Pablo Hernandez cross to level things up at the Britannia. Game on!
It's as you were in the opening stages of the second half. Swansea with all the ball, but not lethal enough in front of goal and Stoke won't feel threatened by any of their attempts so far.
Bony has another pop at goal after great work between himself and Dyer in the middle of the park, but his attempt goes high & wide. Doesn't look like he's got his shooting boots on today...
Swansea get us back underway here at the Britannia and Bony has a chance immediately, but the Ivorian heads it straight at Begovic.
Swansea find themselves behind at half time, and not for the first time this season. They've been excellent in second half, though, scoring 19 of their 32 Premier League goals after the break.
Peter Crouch's goal is what separate's the two sides here tonight, stabbing home after some heavy pressure from the home side. The big man has been typically dominant in the air, too - winning seven of the eight aerial duels he's been involved in.
45' + 2'
Half time! The referee brings an end to a feisty first half here at the Britannia. Stoke go in one up and looking threatening on the break.
45' + 1'
One last attack by Swansea sees them move down the left hand side of the pitch, before a cross in to the box is deflected and falls to Bony on the edge of the box... woeful attempt, though.
Stoke are beginning to look threatening on the break, and Mark Hughes might well be happy with his side using the counterattack as their main outlet tonight. If Swansea want the ball and can't break you down, why not let them have it?
Stoke's shooting has been top notch when they've had the opportunites this evening. They've hit the target with four of their five attempts, while the other bounced off the woodwork. Accurate.
Wasted again by Adam! The Scot tries to fool everybody by firing the ball in at the near post, and he achieves exactly that as his team-mates watch his ball fly out of play.
Canas is the one to bring down his man this time around. Stoke with another dangerous free kick inside Swansea's half...
Yellow CardAshley Williams
Yellow CardCharlie Adam
The handbags are out and Williams has brought his Louis Vutton to the party! No prizes for guessing who else is at the heart of it again - your main man Charlie Adam. Both receive yellows after a nasty foul by Adam on Routledge.
Ooo Swansea do love to pass it don't they? However, for all their possession and time on the ball they're not creating many clear cut chances. They need to make all this possession count before it's too late.
Ben Davies gets forward for the first time in the game, but fails to muster anything from a promising run. Swansea will be hoping he gets more involved this evening after the defender has impressed in attacking areas so far this season.
Nathan Dyer has been the star man for Swansea so far tonight. The winger has completed five take ons already this evening, more than everyone else on the pitch combined. [via Squawka]
Stoke need to get on the ball a bit more. Swansea have bossed the last 10 minutes and it seems like only a matter of time before they find an equaliser.
Close shave! Swansea press high up the pitch, with nearly all their players in Stoke's half. The pressure pays off as Routledge sneaks round the back of Pieters and puts a ball into the six-yard-box, only for Canas to fire way over.
Swansea are looking for a way back into this one and have seen a lot of the ball since Arnautovic's effort. However, Stoke are defending superbly and look like they've been organised by Tony Pulis himself tonight.
Oooof. For all their impressive play in the last 10 minutes, Stoke have completed just 64% of their passes so far tonight. They'll need to up the standard if they want to hold on to their lead.
Stoke are on the front foot here. A succession of corners leads to nothing, but they're certainly looking the better of the two sides now. How will Swansea respond?
There's our man! Arnautovic goes on a great solo run, beating two players before unleashing a ferocious effort that Michel Vorm does well to tip over.
GOAAAALLL! Peter Crouch opens the scoring by slotting home after the ball falls to him following a goalmouth scramble. That's his third goal in four games at the Britannia against Swansea.
Adam's at it again! The midfielder has been slated in the media over recent weeks for a series of reckless challenges, and he's started his already started his antics tonight - he squares up to Routledge, before the winger pushes him away, refusing to rise to his nonsense.
Stoke are awarded a free kick deep inside Swansea's half, but Adam's ball into the box is poor and cleared immediately by the away side. Chance wasted!
The head tennis has started and the first set goes to Peter Crouch! The lanky front man has won both of his aerial duels already, more than the rest of the players on the pitch combined.
This night is made for Rory Delap's long throws in to the box. Cameron's length just doesn't match that of the former Stoke legend, and he barely reaches the box!
Nice move by the home side there, with Whelan right at the heart of it. The Ireland international spreads a ball into the box, but Crouch can't get on the end of it.
Stoke are beginning to find their groove, snapping at the heels of their Swansea players and not giving them much time on the ball. They've adapted well after a shaky start.
Swansea continue to press in the opening stages. This time it's a great ball by Angel Rangel that puts Dyer in at the back post, but the winger's delivery is poor and floats behind for a goal kick.
The bad weather seems to have created a subdued atmosphere at the Britannia tonight. But Swansea have made the better start to the game and win an early corner after good work through the centre from Bony.
And we're off. The home side get the game under way, and Asmir Begovic's dreams of repeating his wind-assisted goal against Southampton have already been & gone. Unlucky, Asmir.
I, for one, can't wait to see Arnautovic get back into the swing of things tonight. He's inconsistent, but when he's on form he's up there with the best...
The teams have contrasting styles, with Swansea happiest when in possession and controlling the game. Stoke on the other hand, despite a change in manager, are still known for their robust style of play and it would be no surprise to see the tackles flying in tonight.
Garry Monk's men have scored just seven of their 25 goals in the first half of their games this season, nearly half the amount of their opponents tonight who have 13.
Swansea, on the other hand, have won the fewest amount of aerial duels in the Premier League this season - the whole squad winning just 320 headers.
Right then, a few stats coming up for you and I'll start you off with the most obvious one of the lot: Peter Crouch has won more aerial duels in the Premier League this season (168) than any other player.
Swansea subs: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, de Guzman, Vazquez, N'Gog, Emnes.
Swansea starting XI (4-5-1): Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, Canas, Dyer, Hernandez, Routledge; Bony.
Garry Monk makes no further changes as the manager looks to continue his reign as manager with a second successive win.
Two of Swansea's Spanish players, Hernandez and Canas, return to the side in place of de Guzman and Emnes - this despite the Swans’ convincing victory over Cardiff on Saturday.
Stoke subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Nzonzi, Guidetti, Assaidi, Ireland.
Stoke City starting XI (4-3-3): Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Odemwingie, Adam, Whelan, Arnautovic; Walters, Crouch.
Marko Arnautovic returns to the Stoke squad after returning from injury, and replaces Oussama Assaidi in the starting line-up who, in turn, drops to the bench.
Marc Wilson comes in at the back for Marc Muniesa, who drops to the bench after appearing in the 2-2 draw with Southampton at the weekend.
Rumours began to surface earlier this evening over whether this game would even go ahead, or not. But thankfully, unlike Man City vs Sunderland, this one has survived the severe weather conditions in Northern England and is scheduled to start a mere 15 minutes late.
Hello there! I’m Kev Blundell and tonight I’ll be taking you through all the action from the Stoke City vs Swansea City game. Last time out six goals were shared evenly between the two sides, so brace yourselves for plenty of goalmouth action.
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