Bony’s back! Wilfried scores first Premier League goal of the season as Swansea City bow to Stoke City

The Cote d’Ivoire star failed to score in his first seven league games of 2017-18, but ended that run on Saturday against the Potters

Wilfried Bony netted his first Premier League goal of the season on Saturday as he got the curtain raiser in Swansea City’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke City.

With just three minutes into the game, Bony volleyed against his former club that raised the hope of the Swans, who then frustrated Stoke for the majority of the first half but let in two goals in the space of four minutes.

Swansea’s lead was erased in the 36th minute by Xherdan Shaqiri who handed the Potters a lifeline before Senegal international Mame Diouf poked home the winner four minutes later.

Diouf wasted a glorious chance to increase the advantage, failing to convert Joe Allen's cross from the right, but his first-half strike was enough to secure three welcome points for Hughes.

Bony would be hoping to tap inspiration from his strike – first for Swansea since January, 2015 when they host West Bromwich Albion on December 9.

Paul Clement’s side sit at the base of the English topflight with nine points from 15 games.