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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 19,603
SwanseaSwanseavStokeStoke
3
  • Davies, 49
  • De Guzmán, 57
  • De Guzmán, 80
1
  • Owen, 90+1

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90 mins:FULL TIME: SWANSEA 3-1 STOKE. There is the final whistle and Stoke have stuttered to another comfortable defeat at the hands of Swansea who were dominant throughout.

90 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 3-1 STOKE. A consolation for Stoke as MICHAEL OWEN arrives at the far post to nod in from close range.

90 mins:We are into added time at the Liberty Stadium.

88 mins:A change for Stoke with Michael Owen on for Etherington.

87 mins:Stoke are having one last push as Whitehead bursts forward but his cross is cleared by Danny Graham at the near post.

85 mins:Into the final five minutes now and Jerome slices one well wide from 25 yards.

82 mins:Stoke are struggling to find the fight now as they realise this game has gone from them now.

80 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 3-0 STOKE. Great goal! A superb touch from Danny Graham sets DE GUZMAN away and in on goal and he keeps his cool to finish it.

77 mins:A change for Swansea with Leon Britton replacing Michu.

76 mins:Into the final fifteen minutes now and Swansea are back to looking comfortable after a slightly nervous spell.

74 mins:Swansea make a change now with Danny Graham replacing Itay Shechter.

73 mins:If Jerome had managed to find the net there then we could have had a barnstorming finish here but you feel that might be the end of it.

70 mins:What a chance! Cameron Jerome darts to the far post but manages to lift it over from six yards out when he really should find the net.

68 mins:I wonder if those changes from Tony Pulis will spark Stoke into life? They need to find a goal soon.

65 mins:A double change for Stoke too with Cameron Jerome and Kenwyne Jones replacing Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch.

64 mins:A change for Swansea with Pablo Hernandez coming off and Roland Lamah making his debut in his place.

62 mins:Free header...blocked! A dangerous cross from Cameron is met by Crouch but Ashley Williams makes a fine block to deny him.

60 mins:An hour gone here and Stoke have been pretty awful and this has been a nice warmup so far for the semi final coming up in midweek for Swansea.

57 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 2-0 STOKE. Wonderful! Michu is felled outside the box and JONATHAN DE GUZMAN bends it superbly into the top corner from the free-kick.

55 mins:Swansea are still flying here and Stoke are on the rack.

52 mins:Swansea thoroughly deserve their lead here and Tony Pulis is on the touchline trying to get his players going.

50 mins:Here come Swansea again with Ki getting down the right and cutting back for Michu and it takes a brave block from Whitehead to deny him.

48 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 1-0 STOKE. Brilliant goal! BEN DAVIES won't get many in his career but the left back will cherish this one as he drives into the box and smashes a shot past Begovic.

47 mins:Swansea will be looking to start this second half like they ended the first but this time to force the opening goal.

46 mins:The second half is underway in South Wales.

45 mins:HALF TIME: SWANSEA 0-0 STOKE. A bit of a subdued first half but Swansea have had the better of the chances and Michu really should have headed them in front.

44 mins:A great bit of work from Michu on the left hand side and he lays it on a plate for De Guzman but he totally misses his kick.

42 mins:Swansea are ending the first half pretty strongly and Tony Pulis will surely give his team a rollicking at the break.

39 mins:Michu should score! Rangel whips a delicious ball onto the edge of the six yard box but an unmarked Michu manages to head wide of the far post.

37 mins:Lovely skill from Shechter to nutmeg Shawcross on the edge of the box but his shot takes a nick off Huth and dribbles wide.

35 mins:This has not been a particularly good first half at all at the Liberty.

32 mins:First chance for Stoke as Etherington weaves his way into the box but hits the side netting with the shot.

30 mins:Ben Davies gets to the byline and Swansea keep the pressure on as Stoke fail to clear but eventually Adam manages to smash it away.

27 mins:And now Adam is caught in possession and Hernandez slides in Michu but he scuffs it straight at Begovic.

25 mins:Angel Rangel whips a ball into the box and Huth does well to head clear with Michu waiting at the far post.

23 mins:A bit of a midfield battle now with neither side really taking charge.

20 mins:We are through the first twenty minutes and after a flurry of early Swansean pressure very little has happened here.

18 mins:It looks like Stoke have settled down now and that's rather killed the momentum the Swans had early on.

15 mins:Stoke are now looking to put pressure on the ball and make it harder for Swansea to pass it crisply.

12 mins:Stoke finally get out of their own half but Whelan's ball into the box is straight into the arms of Vorm.

9 mins:The hosts are on the attack again with De Guzman swinging a cross in and Shechter is only just too short to get his head on it.

7 mins:It really is one way traffic here and Swansea are all over Stoke.

5 mins:And now Shechter wins the ball off Robert Huth and sets Michu away but he fires straight at Begovic.

3 mins:An early chance for Swansea as Michu sets Pablo Hernandez away but he pulls his effort narrowly wide.

1 mins:We are underway in South Wales.

Stoke: Begovic, Whitehead, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Etherington, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Walters, Crouch.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Davies, Hernandez, de Guzman, Ki, Michu, Routledge, Shechter.

Stoke have begun to concede goals of late and that will concern Tony Pulis who will be looking for an improvement today.

The Swans most certainly have their minds on next week's second leg of the Capital One Cup semi final with Chelsea.

Welcome to the Liberty Stadium where Swansea are preparing to host Stoke.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 19,603
SwanseaSwanseavStokeStoke
3
  • Davies, 49
  • De Guzmán, 57
  • De Guzmán, 80
1
  • Owen, 90+1

match report

Swansea won their fourth home league game of the season as three second-half goals helped them brush aside Stoke City 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

All three Swansea goals were of real quality after a flat first period, with young defender Ben Davies scoring his first goal in senior football before Jonathan de Guzman curled home an excellent free-kick.

With nine minutes to go, De Guzman got his second of the game after a delightful Danny Graham flick, and there was time for an injury-time consolation from Michael Owen for Stoke.

Both sides made significant changes from those that faced FA Cup replays in midweek. Garry Monk came back into the Swansea side that made six changes. Ki, Michu and Ashley Williams were recalled, whilst Leon Britton was rested and Chico Flores injured. For Stoke, Kenwyne Jones, who was has been the subject of a rejected bid from Swansea, was dropped in favour of Peter Crouch.

Swansea started brightly, and Pablo Hernandez forced Begovic to tip wide of the post before noticing that he had been flagged offside. A minute later Michu was teed up by Itay Schechter, but could only fire high over the bar on his left foot.

Stoke's best chance came when Matthew Etherington played a one-two with Charlie Adam but slided his shot wide of the post from eight yards with Crouch well placed in the middle.

The hosts then spurned the best chance of the first half when Angel Rangel dispossessed Matthew Etherington near the goal line, and his cross was perfect, finding Michu seven yards out. The Spaniard, looking for his 14th Premier League goal of the season, could only head the ball inexplicably wide.

Swansea took the lead four minutes into the second half when left-back Davies ventured forward, shrugged off Walters and surged into the area before providing an accomplished finish, rolling the ball past Begovic.

Five minutes later, the home side's lead was doubled. Adam bundled over Michu 20 yards out, and De Guzman curled a free-kick home expertly into the top left-hand corner.

With 20 minutes to play, substitute Cameron Jerome somehow managed to miss from three yards, after a cross into the box fell at his feet via the head of Ashley Williams.

Swansea wrapped things up with a wonderful team move ith nine minutes to go. The ball was played into the feet of Graham, and the striker played a delightful one-touch flick round the corner to De Guzman, who finished with ease.

There was still time for Owen to grab a consolation for Stoke with a glancing header in stoppage-time, but there were few cheers from players or supporters following the striker's first goal for the club.

team line-up

1Michel Vorm
6Ashley Williams
33Ben Davies
16Garry Monk
22Angel Rangel
20Jonathan De Guzmán
24Ki Sung-Yueng
9Michu78
15Wayne Routledge
11Pablo Hernández64
17Itay Shechter74

substitutes

25Gerhard Tremmel
2Kyle Bartley
10Danny Graham74
14Roland Lamah64
7Leon Britton78
12Nathan Dyer
21Dwight Tiendalli

referee

Mike Dean

team line-up

1Asmir Begovic
4Robert Huth
17Ryan Shawcross
18Dean Whitehead
2Geoff Cameron
15Steven N'Zonzi
26Matthew Etherington85
19Jonathan Walters
6Glenn Whelan
16Charlie Adam63
25Peter Crouch63

substitutes

33Cameron Jerome63
29Thomas Sřrensen
8Wilson Palacios
9Kenwyne Jones63
10Michael Owen85
20Matthew Upson
21Michael Kightly

referee

Mike Dean

match stats

possession %5643
shots on target32
shots off target86
corners76
tackles won1210
offsides20