Friday 23 March 2018

Spot-on Bojan sinks Swansea

Swansea 0 Stoke 1

Bafetimbi Gomis of Swansea City is beaten to the ball by Philipp Wollscheid of Stoke City
Bafetimbi Gomis of Swansea City is beaten to the ball by Philipp Wollscheid of Stoke City
Bojan Krkic of Stoke City challenges Jack Cork (l) of Swansea City Newsdesk Newsdesk

Stoke climbed above struggling Swansea in the Premier League table as Bojan Krkic's goal from an early penalty saw the Potters win back-to-back top-flight away games for the first time since December 2011.

The game's decisive moment came as early as the third minute when Ashley Williams brought down Bojan and the Spaniard confidently tucked away his second goal of the season.

Swansea might wonder whether they should have played against 10 men for most of the night following Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland's rash challenge on Andre Ayew outside the area after 17 minutes.

Butland took a bad touch from Geoff Cameron's back pass and as Ayew closed in on the ball the England goalkeeper went in to the challenge studs first.

There was no doubt that Butland took the ball but some officials might have considered his actions reckless and reached for the red card.

Referee Robert Madley, however, judged it a fair challenge and waved play on - much to Swansea's obvious displeasure.

The odds appeared stacked against Stoke as they had not won at the Liberty Stadium in four previous Premier League visits and it was almost four years since they had managed successive wins on the road.

But Stoke were the form team of the pair, their 1-0 success at Aston Villa last time out yielding a third successive win in all competitions, while Swansea had not won in five outings.


Irish Independent

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