Premier League

  • I. Afellay 13’
  • Bojan 53’
  • 68’ G. Sigurðsson
  • 79’ A. Paloschi
Premier League
Britannia Stadium
Attendance 27,649


    • KICK OFF
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      Well, that’s all we’ve got time for this afternoon. It has been a pleasure to bring you all the Premier League action from the Britannia, where it has finished Stoke City 2-2 Swansea City. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!
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      Stoke looked well in command when, shortly after the restart, Bojan netted following a slaloming run and put the hosts two goals to the good after Ibrahim Afellay’s first-half opener. However, Swansea did not roll over and give up, with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 10th Premier League goal of the season insti
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      FULL TIME! It’s ended honours-even at the Britannia Stadium, where Swansea City have comeback from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Stoke City in the Premier League. Mark Hughes’ side were fantastic for the first hour or so, but the introduction of Jefferson Montero changed the game for the visitor
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      Despite their promising start, Swansea were behind after just 13 minutes when Arnautovic - who has impressed once again this afternoon - jinked his way through the vsiitors' defence and teed up Afellay with a superb cross. The hosts should have found themselves further ahead when Bojan weaved his wa
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      HALF-TIME! That's it for the first half at the Britannia, where Ibrahim Afellay's goal - on his 30th birthday - has handed Stoke a 1-0 lead over Swansea heading into the interval. The visitors made a bright start to proceedings, but overall, Mark Hughes' side have been well worthy of their advantage
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      Kyle Naughton replaces Stephen Kingsley at left-back, while Leon Britton comes back into the starting line-up at the expense of Ki Sung-yueng and Wayne Routledge displaces Modou Barrow.
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      Swansea substitutes: Amat, Taylor, Ki, Paloschi, Emnes, Nordfeldt, Montero.
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      Swansea (4-3-1-2): Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Naughton; Cork, Fer, Britton; Sigurdsson; Routledge, Gomis.
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      As mentioned, Stoke are without Butland after the goalkeeper fractured his ankle in England's 3-2 win over Germany, so Jakob Haugaard starts between the posts. Erik Pieters returns from a calf strain to take Marc Muniesa's place at left-back, while Bojan replaces Jonathan Walters.
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      Stoke substitutes: Muniesa, Ireland, Adam, Diouf, Given, Crouch, El Ouriachi.
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      Stoke (4-2-3-1): Haugaard; Bardsley, Cameron, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Imbula; Afellay, Bojan, Arnautovic; Joselu.
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      Team news…
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      Swansea, on the other hand, have steadied the ship since Guidelin’s arrival, though there is no hiding that it has been an incredibly poor campaign for the south Wales club, who would have been hoping for a serious charge on the European places this season. They have won three of their last five Pre
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      Stoke are unbeaten in their last four meetings against Swansea at the Britannia in the Premier League, so history is on their side heading into this clash. However, they are depleted by injuries ahead of kick-off, with the ankle injury that Jack Butland sustained on international duty meaning that t
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      Hello and welcome, football fans, to this Premier League encounter, as Stoke City host Swansea City at the Britannia Stadium. Francesco Guidelin has overseen the south Wales side’s revival in recent months, and they have now managed to haul themselves 10 points clear of the relegation zone. Mark Hug
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      KICK-OFF! We are under way at the Britannia, with Stoke, donning their usual red and white stripped home strip, getting proceedings up and running.
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      It has been a rather tepid start at the Britannia, with neither side able to get on the ball and play at a quick tempo so far, though it is the visitors who are looking to try and get on the front foot as Routledge wins a corner on the right.
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      That set-piece represents an early chance for the visitors to test Haugaard on his Premier League debut, but the delivery is a poor one and the hosts are able to hook it clear. Routledge gets onto the rebound, but his strike sails well off-target.
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      CLOSE! It really has been a bright start to proceedings by Swansea, who are pressing Stoke’s defence deeper and deeper. Routledge does well to weave his way past his marker and lay off a pass to Gomis, who strikes a low effort across the face of goal, which deflects wide off Pieters.
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      That’s poor from Haugaard, who flaps at the resulting corner somewhat. Fortunately for the young debutant, his teammates recover swiftly enough, with Arnautovic taking control of the ball before hooking it clear.
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      Good defending! That’s a solid bit of work by Fernandez, who comes out quickly to block Arnautovic’s driven, swerving strike from range. The visitors cannot afford to give somebody of the quality of Arnautovic that much time and space on the ball...
    • 13'
      G I. Afellay Assist M. Arnautović
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      It was a great run, leap and header by Afellay - on his 30th birthday - but all the credit for that goal must go to Marko Arnautovic, who showed all of his qualities in terms of skill and the ability to deliver a deadly cross.
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      GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!! STOKE TAKE THE LEAD!! Well, I mentioned that Swansea were giving Arnautovic too much time and space on the ball, and this time the Austrian winger has punished them! He does brilliantly to get the better of Fernandez, before nudging the ball back onto his stronger right foot and
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      CHANCE! That’s unlucky! Routledge drives to the byline and does excellently to keep the ball in play, hooking a cross back into the centre of the area. Gomes latches onto it, hammering an effort towards goal which is blocked by Wollscheid, before Cameron manages to claw the ball away from danger.
    • 18'
      STAT FLASH - Stoke have not lost in the Premier League this season in a game that they have scored the opening goal.
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      That goal has lifted the Britannia crowd to no end, and Stoke now look extremely comfortable as they start to see more and more of the ball. Again, Arnautovic is the danger man as he combines expertly with Bojan to make his way into the Swansea area, but his eventual cross towards Joselu is blocked
    • 21'
      Yellow card! That’s a late, hefty challenge by the Swansea captain Williams, who dived in on Joselu, winning none of the ball and taking all of the man, and he duly becomes the first player to go into Martin Atkinson’s notebook.
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      Top defending from Wollscheid! Following Williams’ foul, Afellay lofts in the resulting free-kick, but the delivery is a poor one. Fabianski collects it with ease before kick-starting a swift counter-attack, with Routledge again leading the Swansea charge. He drifts in from the right before attempti
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      There’s some real concern now for Arnautovic, who is having to receive treatment for what appears to be a knee injury. He eventually manages to return to his feet and hobble his way to the sideline, but it remains to be seen whether the Austrian Player of the Year will be able to continue...
    • 27'
      Well, it appears that the former Werder Bremen forward will be able to continue now, as he makes his way back onto the field, just in time to work his way into the area as Whelan stands over a free-kick 40 yards from goal...
    • 28'
      CHANCE! Whelan delivers a pearler of a cross into the area, which Joselu rises highest to meet. His header is an accurate one, but lacks any power, and Fabianski is able to make a comfortable stop.
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      Confident goalkeeping from Haugaard, who comes out in commanding fashion to gather in a looping, swerving cross from Naughton. Good play from the youngster!
    • 32'
      Stoke are winning the midfield battle at the moment, and getting to every loose ball first. Key to their domination in this area so far has been Inmbula, who at every opportunity is looking to drive forward at pace, meaning that the Swansea defenders have no choice but to close the hosts’ record sig
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      CHANCE! Brilliant play from Bojan! That really is fantastic from the former Barcelona playmaker, who jinks past Britton with ease before driving at goal at pace. He dummies a shot before slipping through a lovely disguised pass into the path of Afellay, but the Netherlands midfielder’s resulting eff
    • 37'
      Great play once again from Stoke, who are beginning to pick out real gaps in Swansea’s midfield. Whelan drives a throughball into Bojan, who takes it under control and turns in one fluid movement. The Spaniard again looks to take on his marker and slip through a pass to Joselu, but this time William
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      HIGH AND WIDE! That’s awful from Gomis, who blasts a long-range strike way over the crossbar after getting on the end of what was a decent counter by the visitors.
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      As always, the Stoke fans are well behind their side and creating a tumultuous atmosphere at the Britannia, and there is a huge appeal from the crowd as Williams dives in once again on Joselu, but Mr Atkinson - correctly - does not book the Swansea skipper.
    • 43'
      CLOSE! Well, it would not have counted anyway, but that was a great chance for the hosts to double their lead. Afellay did brilliantly to engineer himself with half-a-yard and loop in a cross to Joselu, but the former Hannover man could only turn the effort wide - though he was offside anyway.
    • 44'
      Good save! That's a fine stop from Haugaard, who gets down low to his left to grasp hold of a driven low strike from Cork, who had latched onto a loose ball at the edge of Stoke's area.
    • 46'
      Second-half! We are back under way at the Britannia, with Swansea – in their bright green and black away strip – getting proceedings back up and running. There have been no changes by either side at the interval.
    • 48'
      A corner now for Stoke, which Afellay again takes. His out swinging delivery is flat, with plenty of pace, but Cameron is unable to connect with his attempted header before Wollscheid concedes a free-kick for a high-foot on Fernandez.
    • 50'
      The second half has begun in much similar fashion to how the first ended, with Stoke pressing high and Swansea unable to exact any real pressure. Sigurdsson, who so often this season has been the visitors’ main creative outlet, has been starved of service so far this game, and is having to drop deep
    • 53'
      G Bojan Assist M. Arnautović
    • 53'
      GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! FANTASTIC FROM BOJAN!! What an effort that is from Stoke’s star player, who picks up the ball 40 yards from goal and drives once more towards the edge of the box, taking on three Swansea players before slotting an unerringly accurate finish into the bottom-right corner – though F
    • 53'
      Glenn Whelan will be credited with the assist for that goal, but it was purely down to the individual spark and brilliance of Bojan - who has netted his first goal in 12 games.
    • 55'
      Superb play once again from Bojan, as he links up with Arnautovic before slipping a neat reverse into Joselu, but he is shirked off the ball by Williams. Stoke maintain the pressure, however, as Arnautovic again drives down the left before sliding it inside to Imbula. The former Porto midfielder tri
    • 58'
      Swansea have not scored more than two goals in any Premier League fixture this campaign, and it looks as though they will be hard pressed to manage to grab even one goal this afternoon, with Huagaard having had very little to do on his debut so far.
    • 60'
      Finally, Swansea manage to forge a foray forward, with Angel Rangel powering down the right and into the area. The veteran Spaniard takes a touch before getting his shot off, but Wollscheid is well-placed to make the block.
    • 61'
      SI J. Montero SO M. Arnautović
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      A first change of the game now, as Jefferson Montero comes on for Swansea, replacing Leon Britton. It is certainly an attacking move by Francesco Guidelin, and it is the Ecuadorian’s first appearance for Swansea since the Italian manager took over at the Liberty Stadium.
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      CHANCE! Brilliant once more from Arnautovic, as he drives past his marker and towards the byline. Again, he caps off the run with a superb cross – this time a low one across the face of goal – but a slight touch by Naughton prevents Joselu from getting on the end of it and tapping home into an open
    • 66'
      Sigurdsson finally manages to get on the ball in an advanced position in midfield, but his looping cross towards Gomis is cut out expertly by Wollscheid.
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      G G. Sigurðsson Assist M. Arnautović
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      It was a great run by Routledge, who evaded the challenge of Arnautovic before driving forward down the right and picking out Sigurdsson, who duly did the rest and moved into double-figures for the season.
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      GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!!! SIGURDSSON HAULS SWANSEA BACK INTO THE GAME! What a strike that is by Swansea’s top-scorer! The Iceland midfielder does brilliantly to take Routledge’s driven cross under control at the egde of the box, before turning and drilling a venomous low strike past Haugaard and into t
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      SI A. Paloschi SO M. Arnautović
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      A second change now for the visitors, as Bafetimbi Gomis makes way for Alberto Paloschi - the January signing who could well make himself a hero for Swansea this afternoon...
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      SO CLOSE! Scrappy play from Stoke, as they once again fail to clear the danger in midfield and Cork takes advantage by regaining possession and setting Montero free down the left. The pacey winger drives into the box before floating a cross to the back post – in similar fashion to the one that Arnau
    • 74'
      SI M. Diouf SO M. Arnautović
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      A change now for the hosts, as Bojan - whose superb individual goal is keeping Stoke ahead at the moment - is replaced by Mame Biram Diouf.
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      Swansea are dominating possession now, working patient moves from side-to-side in an attempt to pick out some gaps in Stoke’s backline, but so far the hosts are remaining steadfast and solid.
    • 79'
      G A. Paloschi Assist M. Arnautović
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      It was a patient, well-worked move by Swansea, and it was their skipper Williams - playing as an auxiliary striker, who set up Paloshi on the cusp of Stoke’s area.
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      GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!! PALOSCHI LEVELS FOR SWANSEA!! The substitute is indeed the hero for the visitors! Montero does brilliantly to get towards the area and lay it off to Williams, who in turn nudges the ball onto Paloschi, who much like Sigurdsson, turns and shoots at goal. The strike takes a d
    • 81'
      SI S. Ireland SO M. Arnautović
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      Another change now for the hosts as Glenn Whelan, who appears to be injured, makes way for the more attack-minded Stephen Ireland.
    • 82'
      SI N. Taylor SO M. Arnautović
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      A final change now for Swansea, as Kyle Naughton is replaced by Neil Taylor.
    • 84'
      That’s a silly tackle by Fer, who concedes a free-kick around 25 yards out from Swansea’s goal, slightly to the right of centre. Arnautovic is going to take it…
    • 85'
      CLOSE! That’s unfortunate for Arnautovic, who gets the free-kick up and over the wall, but his strike inches just wide and into the side-netting.
    • 88'
      It is Stoke who are doing all the pressing now, as Arnautovic again gets down the left and looks to get a cross in. However, this time the delivery is a poor one and Swansea are able to counter through Montero. The Ecuadorian takes on his marker, driving at pace towards the byline, and Wollscheid ev
    • 89'
      CLOSE! Swansea fail to make anything of the corner and the hosts manage to launch a swift counter-attack. Afellay leads the charge, powering forward through the heart of midfield before trying his luck with a dipping strike from distance, but his effort sails just off-target.
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      SAVE! That was an opportunity for Stoke, as Joeslu does well to engineer some space for himself to get a shot off from 20 yards out. His effort is low and hard, but Fabianski is equal to it.

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    Steve Cooper



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 6 17
    Yellow Cards 0 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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