Oct 19, 2014 at 4pm UK at ‚Äčbet365 Stadium
StokeStoke City
2-1
SwanseaSwansea City
Adam (43' pen.), Walters (76')
Shawcross (33'), Biram Diouf (35'), Bardsley (45'), N'Zonzi (89')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Bony (34' pen.)
Bony (75')

Match Analysis: Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City

Match Analysis: Stoke 2-1 Swansea
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Sports Mole takes a closer look at Stoke's 2-1 win at home to Swansea in the Premier League.

Stoke City moved into the top half of the Premier League table on Sunday thanks to a 2-1 win at home to Swansea City.

Wilfried Bony put the visitors ahead with a penalty on 34 minutes, but Charlie Adam converted his own spot kick soon after to bring Stoke level at the break.

The Potters then secured the points 15 minutes from time as substitute Jonathan Walters headed in from Oussama Assaidi's cross.

Here, Sports Mole takes a closer look at the action between the two teams at the Britannia Stadium.

Match statistics

Stoke
Shots: 17
On target: 3
Possession: 43%
Corners: 3
Fouls: 17

Swansea
Shots: 13
On target: 5
Possession: 57%
Corners: 5
Fouls: 7

Was the result fair?

Swansea will feel unfortunate that they did not come away with at least a point after playing some good attacking football at the Britannia Stadium. The visitors could have won the match on another day, but on this occasion it was Stoke who persisted in their inimitable way to earn the spoils.

Stoke's performance

The Potters were underwhelming in the first half as they chased the ball in vain against a confident Swansea side. There was little in the way of creativity, while their organisation was lacking. Meanwhile, Peter Crouch had hardly any service up front as the lone striker.

However, that all changed in the second half as the home side took the game to their opponents. They picked up most of the loose balls and had a whopping 75% possession at one point. Not only that but they varied their attacks, using both wings and stretching the play. A win looked unlikely when they went behind, but Mark Hughes's team showed great determination to turn things around.

Swansea's performance

The Swans played some delightful football during the first half, passing the ball around crisply and with intent. Wilfried Bony, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge all looked threatening in the final third, while Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled the strings in behind. Meanwhile, Ashley Williams and his defensive colleagues were assured at the back, giving the hosts little in the way of opportunities.

They maintained this standard at the start of the second half, but they soon tired and allowed Stoke to come onto them. The visitors still created one or two chances thanks to their counter-attacking style, but they did not do much to truly frighten Stoke.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Victor Moses: The Stoke winger was a constant threat, running at Swansea whenever he had the chance. The visitors struggled to get to grips with him, and he remained dangerous with and without the ball until he was brought off with a leg strain on 73 minutes.

Biggest gaffe

Ki Sung-yueng had a glorious chance to get Swansea back in front midway through the second half, but the normally-reliable midfielder scuffed his shot in the box before he did the same again seconds later when he was gifted another opportunity.

Referee performance

Michael Oliver had an eventful afternoon, to say the least. The official was right to award Swansea a penalty for Ryan Shawcross's clumsy grappling with Bony, but his decision for Stoke's spot kick was poor. Moses was right in front of Oliver when he went down easily under a challenge from Angel Rangel, but the referee gave the foul nonetheless. All in all, this was an inconsistent display.

What next?

Stoke: The Potters return to action on Saturday when they travel to high-flying Southampton in the Premier League.

Swansea: The Swans resume their Premier League campaign on Saturday at home to Leicester City.

Stoke City's English-born Irish striker Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Swansea City at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on October
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