Premier League - Controversial late penalty rescues draw for Stoke

Premier League, Liberty Stadium - Swansea City 3 (Bony 56, 86, Dyer 74) Stoke City 3 (Walters 8, Ireland 25, Adam pen 90)

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Swansea City's Wayne Routledge (R) is restrained by Stoke City's Erik Pieters after conceding a late penalty (Reuters)

Charlie Adam scored a last minute penalty to snatch a point for Stoke after they surrendered a two goal lead against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Adam stepped up in the 96th minute to slot home after Wayne Routledge was controversially adjudged to have handballed in the six yard box.

Stoke had gone ahead in the first half through Jonathan Walters after he made the most of a Chico Flores and Ben Davies defensive lapse to bag a goal on his 100th consecutive Premier League appearance.

Stephen Ireland finished off a slick Stoke move in the 25th minute to put Stoke two ahead which led to boos ringing around the Liberty Stadium.

Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony inspired a second half comeback with the Ivorian striker scoring either side of a neat Dyer goal to put the Welsh club in the lead.

But the referee gave a contentious penalty in the final minute to see Stoke come away with a point after having their backs against the walls for much of the second half.

Stoke jump out of the relegation places with a point while Swansea remain in 13th position.

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KEY MOMENTS

8’ - WONDER WALTERS – On his 100th consecutive Premier League appearance Walters was able to capitalise on a Flores mistake and Davies slip to bundle through on goal and dispatch his shot in to the bottom corner.

25’ – SILKY STOKE – Nzonzi laid in Walters down the right who first time got the ball in to Crouch’s feet. He laid off the ball inside to Ireland who controlled the bouncing ball instantly and finishing neatly with his left foot.

56’ – BRILLIANT BONY – Bony gets his first as De Guzman sweeps in a great cross from the right and the Ivorian got his head on it to put Swansea back in the game.

74’ – DELIGHTFUL DYER – The second half sub who really changed the game. Deserved his goal as he controlled a poor clearance in the box and volleyed home low past Begovic.

86’ – COMEBACK COMPLETE – Jonjo Shelvey turns Ryan Shawcross inside out on the left side of the penalty area before pulling the ball back to Bony who swept home from six yards into the bottom corner.

96’ – PENALTY PAIN – Charlie Adam broke Welsh hearts as he dispatched a contentiously given penalty into the bottom corner to snatch a draw for Stoke.

KEY STATS

This is Swansea’s worst ever start to a top flight league season having just 12 points after 11 games.

Stoke have not won in eight Premier League games but have scored more than once in consecutive away games for only the second time.

Adam became Stoke’s fourth player in the Premier League to score after the 94th minute, joining his name to Ricardo Fuller, Mamady Sidibe and Kenwyne Jones, in that category.

TALKING POINT: Was it a penalty? It seemed innocuous enough and Swansea were totally confused by the decision as there weren’t even any Stoke players claiming the handball. Replays showed the ball may have brushed Routledge’s arm as the ball went by him and past the post but it seemed extremely harsh.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Wilfried Bony (Swansea): Scored a brace to drag his side back in to the game and then to take the lead. Took his goals well and grew in confidence and stature as the game went on. Unlucky not to have won the game for Swansea.

PLAYER RATINGS

Swansea: Tremmel 6, Rangel 6, Davies 7, Chico 6, Williams 6, Britton 7, De Guzman 7, Pozuelo 8, Lamah 6, Routledge 7, Bony 9. Subs: Dyer 8, Canas 6, Shelvey 7.

Stoke: Begovic 7, Cameron 6, Pieters 5, Shawcross 6, Huth 6, Palacios 6, Nzonzi 6, Ireland 7, Arnautovic 5, Walters 7, Crouch 8. Subs: Etherington 6, Adam 6, Wilson 6.

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