Saturday January 19, 2013 Day 23 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 3 - 1 Stoke City

  • Davies 49’
  • de Guzman 57’, 80’
  • Owen 90’

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  1. Premier League - Classy Swansea brush aside Stoke

    Premier League - Classy Swansea brush aside Stoke

    Jonathan de Guzman grabbed a brace as Swansea comfortably beat Stoke City 3-1 in the Premier League at the Liberty Stadium. More

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    • Stoke City
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    • 90+3 That's it from the Liberty - Stay here for the report. The hosts go into to what could be a history-making fixture against Chelsea on Wednesday buoyed following an expert performance against an out-of-sorts Stoke.
    • 90+2 That’s Owen’s 150th Premier League goal of his career but the celebrations were muted – understandable considering his side’s plight.
    • 90+1 GOOOAL!! From the resulting corner, Jerome collects the poor clearance and whips the ball back in. Michael Owen gets his head to the ball to head past Vorm. 3-1.
    • 89' Williams comes across to clear a ball in behind.
    • 88' As you’d expect of this Swansea side, they play the game out with some decent possession and although Stoke have three out-and-out strikers on the pitch they have had very little sight of the ball.
    • 86' Credit Stoke, they are still looking to get something from this game. Jerome is adjudged to have fouled Rangel though as they go long.
    • 85' Owen on for Etherington for Stoke.
    • 82' Stoke have a free-kick following a late challenge. Huth is teed up by Whelan but his effort is wild and over.
    • 80' GOOOOAL!! Great, great goal. Graham holds the ball well and feeds the run of de Guzman with an expertly weighted ball for the midfielder to remain composed and slip past Begovic. 3-0.
    • 80' de Guzman looks for Williams at the far post and, while his header comes off the arm of Huth, Dean points for a corner, which is easily cleared.
    • 78' Britton for Michu for the hosts.
    • 77' Much more open affair now and Leon Britton is warming up as Graham gets in behind Cameron, but the full-back recovers well to make the challenge and clears for a throw.
    • 75' Etherington puts in a decent shift down the right now but the Potters look laboured – possibly deflated by that Jerome miss.
    • 73' Decent ovation for want-away Graham.
    • 72' Swansea retain the ball well as they hold Stoke at arm’s length – and Danny Graham has to wait for a good three or four minutes to come on to replace Shechter.
    • 70' Etherington is coming to the fore, his cross finds its way to Jerome but from under the crossbar, he lifts it over the bar. Big, big chance.
    • 68' Etherington wins a free-kick and Whelan lifts the kick into the box. Vorm claims from under his own crossbar but this is a decent spot of pressure from the Potters.
    • 66' Etherington does well to carry the ball to the byline and lashes a cross across the box but with no colleague willing to gamble at the near post Vorm collects with ease.
    • 64' Hernandez is replaced by Lamah, who makes his debut having signed on an 18 month loan.
    • 63' Double Stoke change: Crouch and Adam depart for Jones and Jerome.
    • 61' Jones and Owen on the bench for Stoke and you’d be surprised if Pulis doesn’t make a change relatively quickly.
    • 59' This requires a complete change of tactics from Stoke and they have reacted. Whitehead is further forward now but his cross is easily cleared.
    • 57' GOOOAL!! Michu and de Guzman over it. De Guzman whips it up and over the wall into the top corner. What a free-kick. Unstoppable.
    • 55' Adam is late on Michu just to the left of the D as the hosts look at it.
    • 53' Far, far more intensity out there now.
    • 51' That completely changes the dynamics of the game now. There is more space out there already. Michu finds Routledge but he dallies and they work it wide again. Ki fires across the box and Michu has a shot from the edge of the six-yard box blocked.
    • 49' GOOOALL!! Davies with a fine goal. He shrugs off Walters, skips past Huth on the turn and fires past Begovic with a nice finish into the bottom corner. 1-0.
    • 47' De Guzman has an early sighter but his effort is always rising.
    • 46' Back underway in Wales.
    • 45' That's it from the first half.
    • 44' Testament to Dean’s attempt to let the play flow, there is no stoppage time as Stoke look to get a goal before the break but Crouch loses his bearings and his attempted flick is in the general direction of no one.
    • 43' Cameron makes a first trip forward but the Swans win the ball and looks for Hernandez. Huth comes across to clear. Etherington leads a break down the right, cuts inside and draws a pretty rudimentary save from Vorm with an effort from the edge.
    • 41' No doubting that the hosts are finishing in the ascendancy but they need to convert some of these half chances or Stoke will punish them.
    • 40' Routledge turns Walters inside out before hitting the byline and crossing. De Guzman meets the cross with an awkwardly out-stretched leg and the ball skews off wide. Another chance.
    • 38' BIG CHANCE. Etherington makes a hash of an attempt at a cute clearance and Rangel intervenes before nut-megging the winger and delivering a near perfect cross for Michu. The Spaniard gets up well but directs his header just the wrong side of the post.
    • 37' Stoke continue to utilise the boot of Begovic, but Crouch is penalised for a foul.
    • 36' Crouch continues to work hard up front but there is a posse of Swansea defenders around him every time he gets the ball.
    • 34' Swansea ramping up the corner count but the delivery continues to disappoint.
    • 32' De Guzman's corner fails to beat the first man but the headed clearance doesn’t have enough purchase on it and Hernandez’s half-volley is turned wide of the goal by Whitehead. It was probably going wide to be fair and the resulting corner is a disappointing affair.
    • 30' Whitehead delivers a tantalising cross from his first foray forward but the cross is cleared. Etherington picks up the clearance and plays a smart one-two with Adam to afford the wide man a run at goal. His touch lets him down though and he is forced wide resulting in a skewed effort that never threatens the target.
    • 28' Mike Dean is really trying to let this one flow. Etherington this time disappointed by his decision not to call a foul for what looked like a pretty blatant elbow. Swansea break.
    • 27' No real action for either keeper thus far, even if the hosts are having the better of it.
    • 26' Adam loses the ball in the heat of the midfield battle and Routledge finds Hernandez, who immediately sends the ball in the box. Michu, who is arriving late, can’t re-arrange his feet though and his left-footed volley is wild.
    • 24' Routledge, who has been bright, looks for Shechter in behind but has too much on it.
    • 23' Routledge skips past Whitehead but his cross is not of the required standard.
    • 21' Whitehead, a midfielder looking out-of-sorts at right-back, is lucky that Routledge was a little over-zealous in his attempts to get to a switch of play. Free-kick but that is the third or fourth time that the hosts have looked for that switch.
    • 19' Monk clears a threaded through ball for a corner.
    • 18' Routledge finds Ki centrally, who looks to whip the ball around his opposing player – it is wide though. The Swans frustration grows.
    • 17' Adam breaks from midfield to pressure the Swans back four, who work it back to Vorm. The keeper goes long but Huth meets it with his head to clear. A story of dominant defences thus far.
    • 16' Late challenge from Michu. He exchanges passes with Routledge on the edge before attempting to volley the return but Shawcross gets there first and the Spaniard ends up booting the Stoke captain in the mid-drift.
    • 14' The pace of the game has slowed quite dramatically here as Swansea now go long. Shawcross reads the ball to clear for a throw.
    • 13' Stoke, having weathered an early storm, have got a bit of territory now but Swansea look comfortable.
    • 12' Crouch links the play well to allow Etherington the chance to run at Monk but the Swans' captain is resolute to clear for a throw. The throw is worked short before being switched to Crouch, who wins a header but the hosts mop up the second ball.
    • 10' Stoke have very little ahead of the ball, and, when they do regain possession, they have very little options. Adam wins a free-kick from de Guzman, though. Etherington slings the ball in but Williams rises to head clear.
    • 8' Stoke look happy to sit very deep with Crouch cutting an isolated figure up front. The hosts move the ball forward at pace and into Michu in the right channel but Etherington, operating as an auxiliary left-back, is there to clear.
    • 6' Tony Pulis bellows “go on son, go on son” as his side look to pressure the ball.
    • 4' Swansea have begun with some intent and Stoke are currently pinned back in their final third.
    • 3' Shechter lays off to the usually technically reliable Michu but his effort is high, wide and handsome.
    • 2' Swansea put together a decent spot of passing together which culminates in Hernandez dragging his effort wide of the post following a nice back-heeled through ball from Routledge. The errant effort matters little though as the assistant referee’s flag is aloft.
    • 1' Right, after a minute’s applause for Geoff Thomas, we’re underway.
    • 14:55 For all the scores and the flashpoints from today's games and across sports follow: @EurosportCom_EN
    • 14:50 The referee for today’s fixture is Mike Dean, who has officiated 15 games dishing out 56 yellows and three reds at a rate of 3.93 cards per game.
    • 14:45 Match odds: Swansea 6/5, Stoke 13/5, draw 12/5
    • 14:40 Tony Pulis (Stoke, on Jones): "If there is going to be anything done with another football club, we will do our business with the football club. If we sell Kenwyne, then I will speak to you about it. If we don't sell Kenwyne, then I will speak to you about it, and then you can ask me why we did one or the other."
    • 14:35 Much of the pre-match has been dominated by talk of the future of striker Kenwyne Jones. Manager quotes: Michael Laudrup: "It's not the right time to talk about a player when they are about to play against us in 24 hours.”
    • 14:30 Fairly or unfairly, the stats appear to reinforce the stereotypes for this fixture. The Potters have scored a league high 57% of their goals from set pieces; while their hosts have scored a lower proportion of goals from set-pieces than any other team this season: 6.5%. Furthermore, Tony Pulis’ side have conceded more fouls than any other team in the Premier League 291 and earned the most cards (45 yellow 3 red).
    • 14:25 Stoke have picked up only one victory from their last seven games as they travel to the Liberty Stadium, where the hosts have only tasted Premier League defeat twice this season. However, only one point and one place separates these teams.
    • 14:20 Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and midfielder Charlie Adam are set to return having been rested on Tuesday in the FA Cup replay against Crystal Palace. Defender Marc Wilson, out since breaking his leg in October, is in training again but not yet ready for selection, nor is midfielder Rory Delap (calf). While reported Swansea target Kenwyne Jones is on the bench.
    • 14:20 Swansea midfielder Kemy Agustien will be sidelined for the next four weeks after suffering an ankle injury in the FA Cup third-round replay defeat at Arsenal. While Ki, Michu and Hernandez all return having been rested on Wednesday.
    • 14:15 TEAMS: Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk (c), Davies, de Guzman, Ki, Michu, Routledge, Hernandez, Shechter. Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Tiendalli, Britton, Dyer, Lamah, Graham. /// Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross (c), Etherington, Adam, Nzonzi, Whitehead, Whelan, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Upson, Kightly, Palacios, Owen, Jerome, Jones.
    • 14:10 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage from the Premier League where Swansea City face Stoke City at The Liberty Stadium.
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      Goals ×2 7.6 8
      6.9 6
      Substitution Out64′ 7.3 6
      Substitution Out78′ 8.3 6
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      Substitution In63′ 2.5 5

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  1. Who works out the formations for Yahoo/Eurosport? If­ Michu doesn't play up front then who does?

    From Sam, on Sun 20 Jan 16:02
  2. Only Huth !

    From Ali, on Sun 20 Jan 4:47
  3. stokies non league bound for sure, team of over 6'­ #$%$, all the best thanks for popping in, totally­ outclassed by a footballing TEAM.

    From Graham, on Sat 19 Jan 21:58
  4. I think adam has been pullises worst siging along with­ crouch

    From IVOR, on Sat 19 Jan 17:10
  5. Nice to see a team that actually plays football winning­ against a team of thugs; well played Swansea; hope more­ good teams do the same to Stoke and they go down to­ where their football will be appreciated....non-League

    From bobby, on Sat 19 Jan 16:46
  6. Stoke are #$%$ today!!!

    From D, on Sat 19 Jan 16:39
  7. I bet Swansea will win the game at least for 2:1!­ MICHU,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Where are YOU­ today?????????????????????????????? Come on­ please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU are the ­ KEY-PLAYER for the team, AREN'T YOU?

    From stanley, on Sat 19 Jan 16:06
  8. Hope Owen will get a run out of 15 -20 minutes at­ least. Stoke need to give him a chance to get match­ fitness and do what he does best, score goals!

    From Mark Bell, on Fri 18 Jan 15:18
  9. Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa­ aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    From Achtung Spitfuer!, on Thu 17 Jan 17:34
  10. Whats all this chinky stuff being on here we are the­ Swans lets give the Potters a hammering oh yes got it­ the make china mugs haha come on the Jacks

    From Delboy, on Thu 17 Jan 8:14
  11. Michuuu attaaack! 2-0 for Swans...

    From Gorjan, on Tue 15 Jan 11:46
  12. Easy 3 points for the Jacks....................Walters­ hat trick for us as well boyos

    From John, on Tue 15 Jan 9:04
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