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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
19:01 2th October 2011

PREMIER LEAGUE: Swans 2 Stoke City 0

Another home win and another clean sheet saw the Swans clinch another three points against Stoke City.

A classy display saw the Swans not only cope well with the Potters' aerial and physical threat, but they put on another performance that ticked all the boxes.

Scott Sinclair sent the Swans on their way with a first-half penalty after Wayne Routledge had been fouled by Ryan Shawcross.

And they made the points save when Danny Graham broke free to slot past Asmir Begovic in the second half to open his account for the Swans.

Brendan Rodgers made two changes to his side ahead - in came Wayne Routledge and Danny Graham as Leon Britton missed out with a back injury while Leroy Lita dropped to the bench as the Swans defended their unbeaten home record in the top flight.

The visitors included £10million signing Peter Crouch in their starting XI while former Swan Mamady Sidibe was on the bench.

Mark Gower

Swans: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Garry Monk (capt), Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Mark Gower, Joe Allen, Wayne Routledge (Luke Moore, 66), Nathan Dyer, Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham (Leroy Lita).
Unused subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Fede Bessone, Jazz Richards, Lee Lucas, Stephen Dobbie.

Stoke City: Asmir Begovic, Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shawcross (capt), Jonathan Woodgate, Marc Wilson (Robert Huth, 32), Jermaine Pennant (Ryan Shotton, 80), Glenn Whelan, Dean Whitehead, Rory Delap (Cameron Jerome, 55), Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch.
Unused subs: Thomas Sorensen, Mamady Sidiby, Matthew Upson, Diedo Arismendi.

Attendance: 19,523

An eletric atmosphere at the Liberty really set the tone for a pulsating afternoon.

The Jack Army were in fine voice, cheering their side on as they looked to get an early grip on the game.

And they did just that with eight minutes on the clock.

Joe Allen raced on and threaded a pass for Wayne Routledge into the Stoke box, and Ryan Shawcross brought down the midfielder with a clumsy challenge.

It was a second spotkick in as many home games for the Swans, and Scott Sinclair - as cool as they come - slotted home into the right-hand corner despite Asmir Begovic diving the right way.

Scott sinclair

There was no respite for the visitors as Danny Graham just failed to connect with a dangerous Routledge delivery into the box.

Glenn Whelan was then booked for a late challenge on the busy Routledge as frustration crept in.

There was further frustration to follow for Stoke as Jonathan Walters blocked Mark Gower's clearance and drove a well-struck half-volley from 25 yards but Michel Vorm tipped it onto the crossbar.

Tony Pulis was forced into making a change just after the half hour as Marc Wilson was replaced by Robert Huth after injuring himself in a tackle with Nathan Dyer.

Huth moved to right-back with Wilkinson switching to the other flank. Wilkinson was soon in the referee's book after clattering Dyer before Crouch followed soon after for a foul on Mark Gower.

Half-time: Swans 1 Stoke City 0

The Swans continued their good work after the break with Graham heading over after beating Jonathan Woodgate to Dyer's cross before Sinclair's shot flew over the crossbar.

Looking to mix things up, Pulis sent Cameron Jerome on for Rory Delap. It almost paid off moments later as Jerome won a free-kick just outside the box and Glenn Whelan curled his effort around the wall. Fortunately for the Swans, it bounced back off the post and out of danger.

It was a clear warning of Stoke's intentions, but the Swans were eager themselves to grab another goal.

Brendan made his first change with 25 minutes left as Luke Moore replaced the impressive Routledge.

But it was the scorer Sinclair who went close to doubling the Swans' advantage. He cut inside after being fed by Dyer, and his curling shot looked destined for the net only for Begovic to palm it wide with a superb reflex save.

At the other end Williams' superbly-timed block denied Walters an effort on goal while Pennant was booked for bringing Sinclair down just outside following a fine breakaway from the winger.

The pressure was mounting at both ends, and Begovic again snuffed out the danger when Dyer's fine cross was heading for Graham ten yards out.

Danny Graham

It didn't matter, though, as the points were all but secured with six minutes to go.

Graham charged down Woodgate's clearance and the striker outpaced the defence and slotted past Begovic.

The Liberty almost erupted with the goal, more so with it being Graham's first for the club since his £3.5million move from Watford.

It was well deserved - for Graham and the Swans - as the hosts looked to see out the remaining minutes.

Graham was replaced by Leroy Lita before time, and the striker was given a huge applause by the Jack Army for his efforts in this win.

Victory meant the Swans went into the international break on a winning note, with the club rising to tenth in the table.

Brendan Rodgers

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