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Player Ratings: Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City

Sports Mole takes a closer look at the individual performances of the players involved during Stoke's 2-1 win over Swansea.

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 individual performances of the players involved at the Britannia Stadium.


Stoke player Charlie Adam scores from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Swansea City at Britannia Stadium on October 19, 2014© Getty Images

Stoke

Goal

Asmir Begovic: The Bosnian goalkeeper made a couple of important saves in the first half when Swansea dominated. Made another important stop after the break to deny Ki Sung-yueng. (7/10)

Defence

Phil Bardsley: Let his aggression get the better of him once or twice during the match, but put in a good shift overall. (7/10)

Ryan Shawcross: Was stupid in giving away a penalty during the first half, though he redeemed himself in the second half by organising his defence well and keeping Swansea at bay. (7/10)

Marc Wilson: Worked well with Shawcross at the back, blocking and tackling when necessary to make sure that Swansea did not make their dominance count in the first half. (6/10)

Erik Pieters: Was reckless on a couple of occasions as Stoke looked to upset their opponents with some tough tackling. Other than that he complemented his defensive teammates solidly (7/10)

Midfield

Steven N'Zonzi: Struggled to adapt to the pace of the game in the first half, but he was more effective after the break with some good runs from deep. (7/10)

Stephen Ireland: Was a strangely-muted presence in midfield before he was taken off on 62 minutes. Looked stifled and failed to contribute going forward. (6/10)

Charlie Adam: The Scot always wanted to be involved going forward and got into some decent crossing positions out wide. Took his penalty well with a calm finish from 12 yards. (7/10)

Victor Moses: Was a constant threat out on the left wing, running at Swansea and giving them plenty to think about. Could have had a bigger say on the game, but was forced off with an injury 15 minutes from time. (8/10)

Attack

Mame Biram Diouf: Did not have a big impact on the game, with a few of Stoke's attacks bypassing him altogether. Linked well with his teammates once or twice, though Mark Hughes would have expected more from him. (6/10)

Peter Crouch: Had little to work with in the first half as Stoke were pinned back in their own half. However, he provided more of a threat in the final third after the break thanks to the home side's more cavalier approach. (6/10)

Substitutes

Jonathan Walters: Gave Stoke an attacking injection when he was introduced on 62 minutes, culminating in his superb header to win the match. (7/10)

Geoff Cameron: Coming on at the same time as Walters, Cameron did a decent job of providing Stoke with some mettle during the final stages. (6/10)

Oussama Assaidi: Made an instant contribution when he came off the bench on 73 minutes, floating in a lovely cross for Walters to head home. (6/10)


Wilfried Bony of Swansea City scores the first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Swansea City at Britannia Stadium on October 19, 2014© Getty Images

Swansea

Goal

Lukasz Fabianksi: Did not have a lot to do for much of the match as Stoke rarely shot on target. Could do little about the two goals that he conceded. (6/10)

Defence

Angel Rangel: Put in a robust performance in defence, giving Stoke as good as he got with some hard tackling and a physical approach. (7/10)

Ashley Williams: Organised his defence well during the first half, only to see them overworked in the second due to Stoke's resurgence. (6/10)

Federico Fernandez: Did not always look up to scratch, but he battled well against the likes of Crouch and Diouf. (6/10)

Ben Davies: The youngster gave a competent showing at full-back, dealing well with what was put in front of him. However, found life more difficult in the second half. (6/10)

Midfield

Ki Sung-yueng: Anchored his midfield well for most of the game. Could have put Swansea back in front midway through the second half, but he fluffed two chances inside the box. (7/10)

Tom Carroll: Similar to Ki, Carroll provided the visitors with stability in the centre of the park, breaking up Stoke attacks and distributing the ball without any nonsense. (7/10)

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Was highly effective during the opening 45 minutes with his trademark runs, passing and vision in the pocket, but he failed to have the same impact as the game progressed. (7/10)

Wayne Routledge: Worked hard down the right flank, giving Swansea plenty of width and pace high up the pitch. (7/10)

Nathan Dyer: Looked good out wide thanks to his usual blend of speed and skill. Linked well with Routledge, Sigurdsson and Bony to scare the hosts in the first half. (7/10)

Attack

Wilfried Bony: The Ivorian put in a solid shift for Swansea, forcing Stoke on the back foot with his power and pace. Did not have a great deal to work with at times, but he remained dangerous and got on the scoresheet with a penalty. (7/10)

Substitutes

Bafetimbi Gomis: Looked lively when he came on with 25 minutes to play, busying himself in the final third with an eagerness to get on the ball. (7/10)

Jefferson Montero: Struggled to have the same influence as Gomis when he was introduced on 65 minutes. (5/10)

Marvin Emnes: Should have given the Swans an injection of pace and trickery when he made a cameo appearance late on, but he failed to do so. (5/10)


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Stoke player Charlie Adam scores from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Swansea City at Britannia Stadium on October 19, 2014
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