Sunday October 2, 2011 Day 7 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 2 - 0 Stoke City

  • Sinclair 9’ (pen.)
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  1. Swansea dispose of Stoke

    Swansea dispose of Stoke

    Swansea impressed in beating Stoke 2-0 in the Premier League at the Liberty Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Stoke City
    • - Brendan Rodgers is pleased with the "mammoth effort" while Tony Pulis is disappointed that they gave Swansea a start. Managerial reaction
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    • 90+6' And that is it - Swansea deservedly win 2-0.
    • 90+5' Crouch flicks on and Vorm is flying out of his goal... Jerome nods past him but the ball runs out of play before he can get to it to finish it off!
    • 90+4' Jerome wins a header at the back post that Vorm palms away and Crouch cannot quite convert the rebound from a couple of yards out! Stoke again frustrated.
    • 90+3' Gower has space in the box to shoot or set someone up... he sends it straight into the arms of Begovic!
    • 90+2' Shotton, playing in an advanced position, almost finds Jerome with a deflected cross.
    • 90+1' Swansea change: Leroy Lita on for Graham, who leaves to a standing ovation.
    • 90' Five minutes to be added on.
    • 89' The home fans really enjoying themselves - and their first tastes of the Premier League.
    • 88' Sinclair wins the ball from Shotton and counters, winning a free-kick off the defender, who is booked.
    • 87' Whelan involved in a short kick that does not come off.
    • 86' Williams unhappy again as he is penalised for a foul on Jerome when he just stood his ground.
    • 85' GRAHAM SCORES FOR SWANSEA! 2-0! Woodgate beaten in a challenge for a loose ball in midfield and he attacks down the middle before beating the advancing Begovic with a cool finish. His first goal for the club.
    • 84' Swansea keeping the ball as Stoke look to squeeze them.
    • 83' Stoke have not scored more than once in all six PL matches this season and their last eight in total, since a 3-1 home victory against Arsenal on May 8. They will just be after one today in these final stages to snatch a point.
    • 82' Sinclair runs out of pitch on the left but does not think the ball went out. Soon after Graham tries to play in a team-mate but Begovic claims.
    • 81' Jerome complaining that Allen dived in winning a free-kick.
    • 80' Stoke change: Ryan Shotton on for Pennant. It was going to be Woodgate who came off, but the injury changed matters.
    • 80' Pennant is feeling his hamstring.
    • 79' Dyer flying down the right to get to a ball that is about to run out for a goal-kick... he hooks it across goal and Begovic gets a hand to it but loses it... Stoke relieved to clear!
    • 78' Moore holding his back and wincing as Swansea take the pressure off by winning a throw.
    • 77' Sinclair strikes it into the wall from 20 yards. He is making his 50th appearance for Swansea since joining from Chelsea last August. The 22-year-old has scored 20 goals for the club.
    • 76' Swansea break out after clearing the ball and Sinclair comes inside three men... Pennant takes him out! There was no need for that - yellow card.
    • 75' A nervy period still this for Swansea. Moore penalised for catching Whitehead - there was no contact and he was looking for it in midfield.
    • 74' Long ball from the back won by Crouch and Walters takes it into the box with an excellent touch - Williams slides across to block his shot from the left.
    • 73' Crouch last scored in two successive PL games for Tottenham between April –March last year.
    • 72' Free-kick to Stoke on the right touchline. Crouch attacks Pennant's kick to the far post, then also gets up for a second cross into the box - this time he is penalised for seemingly nothing.
    • 71' Swansea last lost a top-flight fixture at home on 14 May 1983, losing 3-0 to Nottingham Forest. It was also the last time they conceded at home in top flight.
    • 70' Gower's corner is cleared and Dyer has time to chest down - but makes a mess of a sliced volley.
    • 69' Sinclair attacking the left side and comes inside Huth to bend a shot towards the far corner halfway up... Begovic palms over! Begovic is making his 50th PL appearance. He has kept 15 clean sheets.
    • 68' Wilkinson with a meaty header on a looping ball over Rangel - nothing wrong with that - but the ball heads into Vorm's arms.
    • 67' Pennant pounces on to a loose Swansea pass and feeds Jerome, who takes it on and shoots over. That is Stoke's eighth effort of the game, with Swansea having six shots.
    • 66' Swansea change: Luke Moore on for Routledge. The songs continue to ring around this newfangled ground.
    • 65' Pennant does very well to win a corner as he attacks the by-line. He seems to gesture at his own fans... asking them to make more noise, perhaps? Surely not!
    • 64' Swansea completed the league double over Stoke last time the two clubs were in the same division in 2000-01. However they finished 23rd and suffered relegation to Division Three.
    • 63' Crouch knocks on to Jerome, but he went early and is just offside.
    • 62' The Swansea fans are in great voice - the atmosphere is not dissimilar to that at the Britannia.
    • 61' Swansea defend again - Stoke building pressure really well. Vorm then awarded a free-kick for a challenge by Walters.
    • 60' Routledge with a reckless tackle to floor Pennant as they chase a ball on the right touchline. Yellow card.
    • 60' Whelan will take it... 20 yards out on the left... it is low around the wall and comes back off the post!
    • 59' Jerome hits the deck on the edge of the box and Williams is furious when the free-kick is awarded. There are then handbags between Whelan and Williams.
    • 58' Better from Stoke as Pennant plays Wilkinson in down the left and his cross is just headed away at the back post.
    • 57' Another poor free-kick from Pennant does not beat the first defender with Walters there too.
    • 56' Routledge concedes a free-kick in his defensive third.
    • 55' Stoke make a change: Delap replaced by Cameron Jerome. The long throw threat is no more.
    • 54' Walters breaks over halfway and Gower kicks his legs away from behind - deserved yellow card for the home central midfielder.
    • 54' Stoke only lost one of their six PL matches against promoted clubs last season (3 wins) and were unbeaten in all three away matches against them – winning at Newcastle and West Brom and drawing at Blackpool.
    • 53' Gower's shot is into the wall but Swansea win a throw-in seconds later.
    • 52' Wilkinson defends to concede a corner as Stoke continue to come under pressure. When it is cleared, Delap catches Allen late - free-kick 25 yards out for the Swans.
    • 51' A strike from distance by Sinclair flies off target. Confident try.
    • 50' Sinclair threatening the away box but has to settle for a throw-in. A brilliant atmosphere inside this stadium, which is half bathed in sunshine. Before that Begovic kicked poorly under pressure but Swansea did not try to lob him from near halfway.
    • 49' Swansea are one of two clubs in the four divisions of the English football league yet to concede a home goal this season – the others are Manchester City. If they keep a clean sheet today they will be only the sixth different club to keep a clean sheet in each of their first four home PL matches of the season and the first promoted club. The others were Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United.
    • 48' Graham heads a Gower corner over the bar as he beats Woodgate in the air.
    • 48' Stoke will look to improve in this half, although they did threaten the Swansea box several times late on in the opening 45 minutes.
    • 47' Pennant with the chance to send in a cross halfway into the Swansea half... he overhits it massively!
    • 46' The second half under way. No changes at the break.
    • 45+5' Nothing comes of it and the half-time whistle sounds. Swansea winning 1-0 at the break.
    • 45+5' Walters is holding his elbow - he must have bashed it at some point. Another Delap throw, this one halfway into the home half.
    • 45+4' Swansea head away again - they have defended very well when required.
    • 45+4' It is headed away and Whelan volleys into the ground for goal from 20 yards to win a corner as it is deflected.
    • 45+3' Dealt with by Swansea, but Rory Delap has the chance to hurl in one of his long throws.
    • 45+2' Sinclair penalised for a foul on Huth - very strange decision. Pennant will be able to pump this into the box.
    • 45+1' In the first minute of four to be added on, Routledge, running across the corner of the box, tries a 'rabona' flick cross for Graham - it is over the bar. Good fun but Rodgers won't feel that way... get the ball in properly, son!
    • 45' Crouch goes into the book as he studs a Swansea man in midfield well after the ball had gone, and at thigh height.
    • 44' Stoke have not lost back-to-back PL away matches since defeats at West Ham and Tottenham in March and April. They lost their last away match at Sunderland the other week. Stoke results and fixtures
    • 43' Rodgers was unhappy with the Wilkinson challenge and the home fans were also incandescent. A few choice words directed at the Stoke man in the form of song.
    • 42' Crouch heads a cross back into the box where Monk just gets a head on the second ball to clear.
    • 41' Dyer eventually makes his way off the pitch, gingerly. He's okay.
    • 40' Disgraceful challenge by Wilkinson! Yellow card! As the ball bounced away from Dyer on halfway he scissor-tackled the tiny attacker around the waist! He should be off for that!
    • 39' Crouch heads up in the air as a long ball comes in, and Vorm seems to push Shawcross before claiming the ball. The defender looks quizzically at the ref.
    • 38' Woodgate has to put behind for a corner as he is attacked by Dyer. Rangel sprints into the box to meet it, his header off target. Unlucky.
    • 37' Whelan clumps into Allen in midfield - he'd better be careful with those after his yellow card earlier.
    • 36' Unorthodox defending that works to prevent Stoke penetrating the home box again. Crouch not getting on the end of these balls in.
    • 35' Walters and Williams tangle off the ball and ref Jones has a word with them to calm it down. This is his first Premier League game this season - the Potters are unbeaten in their last four PL matches with Jones in charge.
    • 34' Stoke seeing more of the ball now, using it to pepper the home box with crosses. Swansea standing up to it so far.
    • 33' Dyer, Routledge and Sinclair are all wearing yellow boots - the away defence will be sick of the sight of them by the end of the game.
    • 32' Stoke change: Robert Huth is on for Wilson. Wilkinson will move out to right-back as the German slots in at centre-half.
    • 31' Marc Wilson with a good tackle on Dyer as he breaks out of defence - the Stoke defender is hurt.
    • 30' Pennant has two men in attendance as he hugs the right touchline, but leaves Neil Taylor for dead... he stands it up but Garry Monk gets a head on it to help it over Crouch.
    • 29' Swansea have won three of their last four home league matches against Stoke – each by a 2-1 scoreline. Their last defeat was 2-1 in March 1993 in the third tier of English football.
    • 28' Pennant's kick is headed away but he gets another chance... Walters penalised with the offside flag as he attacks the bouncing ball at the near post.
    • 27' Gower, inside the Stoke half, turns away and looks to play the ball back to Vorm... but sends it out of play for a corner to Stoke! What was he doing?
    • 26' Gower crosses following a short corner, but Begovic takes the catch under pressure at the back post.
    • 25' Stoke again fail to keep possession, as Sinclair steals it then wins a corner off Andy Wilkinson.
    • 24' Swansea playing triangles and also quite high up the pitch, not allowing Stoke to push them up.
    • 23' Pulis does not want to see a successful week end on a sour note again... Pulis challenges Stoke to avoid Euro hangover
    • 22' The two clubs last faced each other in a top flight league fixture in April 1983, drawing 1-1 at Swansea’s old ground Vetch Field. The last time the clubs met was in the third tier of English football in October 2000, Swansea winning 2-1 thanks to a brace from Giovanni Savarese.
    • 21' Mark Gower outmuscled by Walters, who watches the bouncing ball before dipping a volley at goal straight down the middle... Vorm manages to touch the ball on to the bar and over!
    • 20' Stoke defend a cross and Sinclair then looks to twist and turn to get another in, but Pennant is in close attention and forces him back to his own half.
    • 19' The home fans cheer as Shawcross is penalised for putting his arms all over Graham. And not long after Glenn Whelan is booked for going in late on Routledge.
    • 18' Dean Whitehead with a poor touch for Walters which gives the ball back to Swansea.
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    • 16' Jermaine Pennant strikes it into the wall from 20 yards out and Swansea hack clear.
    • 15' Crouch with a backheel across the face of the box for Shawcross, who is felled by home right-back Ashley Williams. Free-kick in a dangerous position. Crouch seemed to have his arms all around Angel Rangel before that, which has angered Swansea...
    • 14' Routledge with a fortunate break of the ball on the left to enter the box and cross... Graham slides in at the back post but cannot quite get there in time! Goal-kick Stoke.
    • 13' Danny Graham nods a ball through for Dyer to almost latch on to - but Asmir Begovic is at the edge of the box quickly to claim. Good try.
    • 12' Stoke chasing shadows so far - Tony Pulis will be jumping all over the touchline in frustration.
    • 11' Sinclair on the ball, the fans getting excited... his strike for goal ricochets off Jonathan Woodgate.
    • 10' Crouch flicks on a long ball but Jonathan Walters is just unable to get on the end of it as home keeper Michel Vorm claims.
    • 9' SCOTT SINCLAIR DISPATCHES IT INTO THE CORNER! 1-0 SWANSEA! Brendan Rodgers's bench up to celebrate a coolly-taken kick.
    • 8' PENALTY FOR SWANSEA! Ryan Shawcross with a needless late tackle to send Wayne Routledge crashing to the turf. Clear penalty - and he knows it. Lovely through ball from Joe Allen for the nippy forward, too.
    • 7' The Swans keeping the ball well in the first minutes, with Stoke trying to maintain shape to keep them at bay.
    • 6' The home fans right behind their team as always here in Wales.
    • 5' Dyer in behind on the right but a heavy touch sees the ball run out of play for a Stoke goal-kick.
    • 4' Nathan Dyer on the touchline is held back but Jones plays advantage where there is none and Swansea lose the ball!
    • 3' Peter Crouch wants a handball decision but referee Mike Jones waves him away.
    • 2' The home side kicking from right to left in the opening 45 minutes wearing traditional all white kit.
    • 1' The game under way at the Liberty Stadium.
    • 14:55 Former Swansea striker Mamady Sidibe is among the Stoke substitutes.
    • 14:50 The Swans have seen their own woodwork struck seven times this season, more than any other Premier League side.
    • 14:45 Peter Crouch became the sixth player to score for six different Premier League clubs when he scored for Stoke last week. He also scored for Southampton, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Aston Villa.
    • 14:40 Stoke winger Matthew Etherington has failed a late fitness test after limping out of Thursday's 2-1 Europa League win over Besiktas with a dead leg. Dean Whitehead replaces him, the only change from the XI that drew with Man Utd last weekend. Jonathan Woodgate returns having missed that game because he is not part of the European squad, and rested goalie Asmir Begovic is back in place of Thomas Sorensen. Salif Diao (fractured cheekbone) and Kenwyne Jones (hamstring) are missing.
    • 14:38 Swans midfielder Leon Britton misses out with the back complaint that saw him withdrawn against Chelsea. Striker Danny Graham comes back into the starting line-up in place of Leroy Lita but midfielder Ferrie Bodde is set to undergo another operation and is absent. Garry Monk and Ashley Williams are the only fit centre-backs with Alan Tate (broken leg), Steven Caulker (knee) and Kemy Agustien (hamstring) all sidelined. Wayne Routledge is the only other change for the home side, replacing Britton.
    • 14:36 Swansea: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Monk, Rangel, Sinclair, Dyer, Routledge, Allen, Gower, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Dobbie, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Richards, Lucas /// Stoke: Begovic, Wilson, Shawcross, Delap, Woodgate, Whelan, Pennant, Whitehead, Wilkinson, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Sidibe, Upson, Shotton, Arismendi, Jerome
    • 14:35 Swansea have conceded just 43 fouls this season, fewer than any other team in the top flight.
    • 14:30 Stoke have fired just 15 shots on target so far, fewer than any other team in the Premier League, and scored only four goals in their last eight Premier League matches.
    • 14:25 The last seven league meetings between Swansea and Stoke have ended with a 2-1 scoreline, while the last six games in all competitions between the sides in Swansea have been won by a single-goal margin.
    • 14:20 Swansea are currently unbeaten in 11 successive home games in league competition while Stoke have only won one of their last 13 Premier League away games (W1 D3 L9).
    • 14:15 Sixteenth-placed Swansea host eighth-placed Stoke in the Premier League at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90+5' Crouch flicks on and Vorm is flying out of his goal... Jerome nods past him but the ball runs out of play before he can get to it to finish it off!
    • 90+4' Jerome wins a header at the back post that Vorm palms away and Crouch cannot quite convert the rebound from a couple of yards out! Stoke again frustrated.
    • 85' GRAHAM SCORES FOR SWANSEA! 2-0! Woodgate beaten in a challenge for a loose ball in midfield and he attacks down the middle before beating the advancing Begovic with a cool finish. His first goal for the club.
    • 79' Dyer flying down the right to get to a ball that is about to run out for a goal-kick... he hooks it across goal and Begovic gets a hand to it but loses it... Stoke relieved to clear!
    • 69' Sinclair attacking the left side and comes inside Huth to bend a shot towards the far corner halfway up... Begovic palms over! Begovic is making his 50th PL appearance. He has kept 15 clean sheets.
    • 60' Whelan will take it... 20 yards out on the left... it is low around the wall and comes back off the post!
    • 21' Mark Gower outmuscled by Walters, who watches the bouncing ball before dipping a volley at goal straight down the middle... Vorm manages to touch the ball on to the bar and over!
    • 14' Routledge with a fortunate break of the ball on the left to enter the box and cross... Graham slides in at the back post but cannot quite get there in time! Goal-kick Stoke.
    • 9' SCOTT SINCLAIR DISPATCHES IT INTO THE CORNER! 1-0 SWANSEA! Brendan Rodgers's bench up to celebrate a coolly-taken kick.
    • 8' PENALTY FOR SWANSEA! Ryan Shawcross with a needless late tackle to send Wayne Routledge crashing to the turf. Clear penalty - and he knows it. Lovely through ball from Joe Allen for the nippy forward, too.
    • 14:36 Swansea: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Monk, Rangel, Sinclair, Dyer, Routledge, Allen, Gower, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Dobbie, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Richards, Lucas /// Stoke: Begovic, Wilson, Shawcross, Delap, Woodgate, Whelan, Pennant, Whitehead, Wilkinson, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Sidibe, Upson, Shotton, Arismendi, Jerome

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