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Swansea City v Stoke City Live Commentary, 22/04/2017

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Fernando Llorente (10)
T. Carroll (70) Stadium


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A very important victory for Swansea City, who produced a proffessional performance against an abject Stoke City. Fernando Llorente's early goal set the tone and Paul Clement's side remained in control for most of the game. A crucial two minute window in the second haf decided the game, as Marko Arnautovic missed a penalty shortly before Tom Carroll's deflected strike esured victory for The Swans.
FULL TIME: Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City
A bit of a nervy moment for Fabianski as he spills his catch from a corner. The Polish keeper recovers quickly though and the danger is gone.
Swansea are content to run the clock down here as they keep the ball near the corner flag. Stoke eventually intercept and carry the ball clear.
P. Crouch
Yellow Card
Stoke City
An off the ball incident sees Crouch have a little dig at van der Hoorn as he shoves the Dutchman to the ground. Michael Oliver books the former England international.
CLOSE! Joe ALlen picks the ball up from a short corner and drives into the box. The Welshman lays the ball back to Martins Indi, but the defender leans back and fires over.
Stoke have resorted to lofted balls into the box as the clock runs down on a game that will surely end in a very important win for Swansea. Ramadan Sobhi manages to win a corner off Kyle Naughton.
Borja Bastón
L. Britton
Swansea City
Rapturous applause for Leon Britton from the Swansea fans as he is replaced by Borja Baston.
M. Diouf
M. Arnautović
Stoke City
Mark Hughes decides to spare his winger's blushes and replaces Arnautovic with Mame Biram Diouf.
Oh dear, oh dear. An embarrassing moment for Arnautovic who receives the ball in the Swansea box but is flagged offside. The Austrian looks to blast the ball into the back of the net in frustration, but ends up missing the target and hitting row Z for a second time this afternoon.
CHANCE! Geoff Cameron inexplicably heads the ball under no pressure into the path of Ki, who looks a little surprised by the gift. The South Korean snatches at his shot and Stoke are given a let off.
Ramadan Sobhi
S. Berahino
Stoke City
Saido Berahino's forgettable afternoon is over as he is replaced by Ramadan Sobhi.
SAVE! Butland is needed once again as Ki releases Jordan Ayew. The Ghanaian striker has the beating of Pieters and fires the ball at the Stoke goal. It is a more straughtforward save this time for Butland, but he blocks well to concede the corner.
GREAT SAVE FROM BUTLAND! Ki splits the Stoke defence with one pass to send Carroll though on goal. The diminuitive midfielder fires from the edge of the box and the ball looks destined for the top corner but Butland springs across his goal to tip the ball over the bar with an incredibly athletic save.
T. Carroll
Swansea City
GOAL FOR SWANSEA!!!! UNBELIEVABLE SCENES! The ball goes from one end to the other and Tom Carroll takes aim from distance. His shot hits the leg of Joe Allen and the ball loops over Jack Butland and into the back of the net. A massive goal for Swansea City!
M. Arnautović
Penalty Miss
Stoke City
HE'S MISSED IT! Arnautovic blazes the ball over the bar and the Liberty Stadium is bouncing! What a massive moment in the relegation battle.
PENALTY TO STOKE! Shaqiri and Arnautovic pull off an audacious one-two to release the Swiss midfielder in the box. Shaqiri is lining up the shot but is denied as Fernandez careers into the back of him. Michael Oliver points straight to the penalty spot.
CHANCE! Sigurdsson delivers the ball into the box and Butland rushes from his goal to claim it. The keeper only gets fingertips in the ball though and it reaches Fernandez at the far post. The Argentine fires goalward but an excellent block from Cameron keeps Stoke in the game.
B. Martins Indi
Yellow Card
Stoke City
A painful whack for Ayew who is careered into by Martins Indi. The Dutch international gets a yellow card for his actions.
K. Naughton
Yellow Card
Swansea City
A deserved booking for Naughton who is very late with his challenge on Arnautovic. There is a brief stoppage in play while the Austrian receives treatment.
M. van der Hoorn
Fernando Llorente
Swansea City
An indication of Paul Clement's priorities as striker Fernando Llorente gives way for defender Mike van der Hoorn.
Muted calls for a penalty fro the Liberty Stadium faithful as Ayew is body checked by Pieters. It was slightly heavy handed from the Dutchman, but it would have been a harsh penalty.
A bit of confusion on the edge of the Swansea boss as the ball ricochets off Mawson and into the path of Crouch. The Stoke striker hits it on the half-volley and connects well, but once again Fabianski is well positioned/
The crowd show their appreciation for Ayew who has been the best player on the pitch today. This time the Ghanain combines skill and determination to beat Martins Indi and Pieters before winning a throw-in.
Stoke work the ball forward as Cameron sprays the ball wide to Johnson. The former Liverpool defender fizzes his cross in first time, but Fabianski sees it coming and rushes from his line to claim the ball.
A determined run from Kingsley is tracked well by Joe Allen, but the Wales international is forced to concede a corner. Sigurdsson's cross is cleared with ease by Peter Crouch.
Some intricate play between the Swansea midfielders results in a free-kick to the Swans as Cameron trips Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder's delivery is put into an excellent area but none of his team-mates are able to connect.
The ball is met well in the air by Fernandez, but it flies straight into the hands of Butland.
And we are back underwa! Swansea look to progress down the right with Ayew, who holds the ball up well before finding Naughton. The fullback's work is rewarded as he wins a corner kick.
The teams are back out on the pitch and the second half is about to begin...
Paul Clement asked for a big performance and so far he has got it. Fernando Llorente's headed goal represented the dream start for Swansea, and since then they have pushed on and continued to cause Stoke problems. Jack Butland has looked unsteady on a handful of occasions, but has managed to keep the defecit to one goal. Stoke's best chances have fallen to Saido Berahino but he has been unable to capitalise either time.
HALF-TIME: Swansea 1-0 Stoke
CLOSE! Stoke come very close to levelling the score with the last kick of the half. Allen floats the ball into the area, Crouch wins the flick and Berahino is left with a golden opportunity to open his account. The former West Brom man fails to take his chance though and heads straight into the hands of a grateful Fabianski.
T. Carroll
Yellow Card
Swansea City
Carroll picks up a booking for a cynical tug of the shirt which stops Joe Allen in his tracks.
Swansea look to be heading for half-time with the lead, but it remains a fairly even encounter and either side could come up with the next goal.
The ball is changing hands with almost every touch at the moment. Neither side can make it stick. Kyle Naughton overlaps beyond Ki, but the South Korean overcooks his passnwith the ball going out for a goal-kick.
Stoke have not scored an away goal since their 3-1 win over Sunderland last January, and they have not looked likely to break that duck today. Mark Hughes' side have been pretty toothless so far.
CHANCE! Joe Allen finds space on the right wing and pick out Berahino with an inch perfect ball. The striker mistimes his header and continues his search for a goal in Stoke colours.
Bullish work from Llorente, who is engaged in a physical battle with Shawcross and manages to win his siode a corner. Swansea look to put pressure on Butland, but the young keeper is able to catch the cross.
Butland really has not settled into this clash, and he very nearly gets caught by Jordan Ayew as he dwells on the ball. The goalkeeper manages to smuggle the ball away for a Swansea throw-in.
Good interchange between Johnson and Shaqiri sets the fullback free. Johnson's cross is headed for Crouch at the far post but Fernandez intervenes with a timely header.
Ki has hit the ground running so far as he wins a free-kick for Swansea after being tripped by Pieters. Sigurdsson's cross from the set piece flies just over the head of Llorente and Stoke are able to clear.
Jordan Ayew is taking the game to Stoke here, as he once again reaches the by-line before delivering a threatening cross. Johnson keeps a cool head though and cushions the ball back to his goalkeeper.
Ki Sung-Yeung
L. Fer
Swansea City
Fer has not been able to recover from his collision with Butland and is replaced by Ki Sung-Yeung in midfield.
An ingenious clipped ball from Arnautovic picks out Joe Allen in the box. The former Swansea man takes the ball on his chest but is crowded out by Swansea defenders.
A brief interlude as Fer receives treatment comes to an end, and Stoke are looking to get a foothold in this game. Shaqiri carries the ball into the Swansea half and chips it delightfully into the box. Saido Berahino is unable to catch up with it though and a goal-kick is given.
Nervey goalkeeping from Butland, who looks to collect from a free-kick but fumbles the ball. He is lucky to be given a free-kick with the referee penalising Leroy Fer for a seemingly legal aerial challenge.
Paul Clement looks to have done an excellent job of getting his side fired up for this game. They continue to press Stoke and force mistakes as Glen Johnson narrowly escapes being caught in possession in his own box.
Fernando Llorente
Swansea City
GOOOOOAAALL!!! LLORENTE SCORES A CRUCIAL GOAL FOR SWANSEA. Sigurdsson delivers a devilish corner which is whipped onto the head of the towering Llorente. He outbattles Shawcross and heads home powerfully to put Swansea ahead.
SHOUTS FOR A PENALTY, but Michael Oliver waves them away. Superb pace from Ayew to break into the box and it looked as though Ryan Shawcross helped the ball behind using his arm. Swansea have a corner but nothing more.
The ball finds Shaqiri on the left wing and he twists and turns before floating a ball into the box. Crouch is eyeing it up, but Fabianski is decisive and catches the ball well.
Patient build-up from Swansea who work the ball around Stoke's midfielders. They lose the ball briefly, but a misplaced pass from Pieters finds Sigurdsson's feet and he breaks into the box. His pass is misplaced though and Stoke are happy to concede a corner.
Swansea surge forward for the first time. Kyle Naughton manages to pick out Gylfi Sigurdsson in the box but the Iceland international miscues his strike and the ball floats over the bar.
Jack Butland gets his first touch in Premier League football for 12 months as he launches the ball long aiming for Peter Crouch. The big man wins the header and almost releases Xherdan Shaqiri but Mawson clears well.
And we are off! Stoke get us underway kicking from left to right.
The two teams emerge from the tunnel to the soundtrack of a roaring Liberty Stadium crowd. This is a game of massive importance for the Welsh club, and kick-off is just moments away.
Swansea are without Jack Cork as the midfielder continues to recover from an ankle problem meaning Swans veteran Leon Britton comes into the team. Stoke welcome back goalkeeper Jack Butland from his lengthy spell on the sidelines. The young goalkeeper replaces Lee Grant between the sticks.
Stoke Subs: Bardsley, Muniesa, Whelan, Adam, Diouf, Sobhi, Grant
Swansea Subs: Ki Sung-yueng, van der Hoorn, Bastón, Nordfeld, Montero, Narsingh, Roberts
Stoke City XI (4-4-2): Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Shaqiri, Allan, Cameron, Arnautovic, Berahino, Crouch
Swansea City XI (4-3-3): Fabianksi, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Kingsley, Fer, Britton, Carroll, Ayew, Llorente, Sigurdsson
The teams are in, so let’s take a look starting with hosts Swansea…
Xherdan Shaqiri’s wonder-strike assured a victory for Stoke against Hull last weekend, and highlighted the quality within the squad, but manager Hughes will be keen for his player’s to push on and produce a strong finish to the campaign.
Clement’s confidence will be boosted by the knowledge that Stoke have an abysmal record on the road this season, having won just once in their last nine away games, but Mark Hughes’ side represent an unpredictable adversary.
In the immediate aftermath of last week’s defeat to Watford Clement described this match as a ‘must win’, and given the South Wales side have been defeated five times in their last six matches it is easy to see why the manager is placing such importance on this fixture.
The build-up to this game has seen Swans boss Paul Clement issue a rallying cry to his players as he looks to reverse the rotten form of his relegation threatened team.
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