Live: Swansea 3 Stoke 1

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Michael Owen scores for Stoke, and that's his first goal for the clubm, a smart header. Just a consolation


We will have three minutes of stoppage time

This game now drawing to a fairly flat close, but Swansea fans will not mind one little bit

Michael Owen is on the field for Stoke City

Huth fires in an effort that goes about twenty yards wide

Stoke have a free kick 25 yards out. Can they get a consolation?

Swansea have been different class during this second half, and their play has been wonderful to watch at times. Stoke have had nothing in reply to make that difference.

That's a wonderful team goal. Danny Graham gets the assist with a delightful flicked layoff, and De Guzman finishes with ease. Game. Over.


Huge appeals for handball from Swansea, but again the ball was too close for the penalty to be awarded

Michu departs, to be replaced by Leon Britton.

Graham attacks down the left, but Cameron does well to block the attack

"We want you to stay", Swansea fans chant

Schechter departs and Danny Graham gets an unbelievable reception from the Swansea fans. They clearly want him to stay

Swansea now firmly back in stride, passing the ball around with real verve as their fans offer the occasional ole

Appeals for a handball for Swansea, but nothing doing from Mike Dean. Looked ball-to-hand to me

A scare for Swansea, who have no need to change from their passing game. This is time not to panic.

Stoke are enjoying much of the ball, and Cameron Jerome manages to put the ball over from about two yards. A terrible miss

Glenn Whelan fires in a free kick, which for a moment looks as if it may loop over Vorm, but the keeper holds on

Etherington carried the ball along way, and there is no near post run to help him out

Stoke will move to 4-4-2 after the changes, and Jerome and Jones are likely to be a pair that can be hit directly from defence and out wide

Swansea also make a change, and it's a debut for Roland Lamah, replacing Hernandez

Cameron Jerome and Kenwyne Jones to be introduced, replacing Crouch and Adam

Corner to Stoke, and both Huth and Shawcross are denied by solid defending. Stoke are looking to make some changes to try and alter the course of this game

The verve has been slightly taken out of the game by the two goals, but that is all credit to Swansea

Michael Laudrup will have demanded greater accuracy from his strikers, but it is a defender and a midfielder who have scored for the Swans

When you have quality like that from set piece areas (and from a defensive midfielder), you are certain to cause sides problems.

That is a fabulous goal from Jonathan De Guzman, curling home the free kick. Is that game over?


Free kick to Swansea on the edge of the box after Michu is bundled over by Charlie Adam

Peter Crouch penalised for a foul for probably the fifth time today. He feels less than happy about the decision

Stoke are rocking at the moment, and need to find a foothold here

Fantastic block from Whitehead to stop Michu scoring. He dived in front of the Spaniard. He stopped a certain goal

Huge goal for the game, because Stoke will have to push forward.

Brilliant goal from left back Ben Davies. His first senior goal, and he holds off Jonathan Walters before finishing like a striker into the bottom corner


Rangel crosses after a fabulous pass from Williams. The ball breaks to De Guzman, who shoots well over.

Huth clearly holds back Schechter, but referee Mike Dean gives no decision

Back underway...

Half time. Slightly flat, although Michu should have given Swansea the lead from six yards. Join me for more in fifteen minutes

There will be no stoppage time at all, which possibly hints at how few chances we have had

Swansea win another corner, a familiar sight in the last fifteen minutes

Ashley Williams miskicks from a corner and it is clear. Stoke break and Etherington forces Vorm into a diving save. Our first shot on target

Stoke have seen off that Swansea pressure, and seem happy to wait for half time.

Rangel again attacks down the right, and he is starting to threaten for the Swans. Hernandez then wins a corner

Chance for Michu! Huge chance for the Swans. Rangel dispossesses Etherington and crosses the ball in. From seven yards out, Michu misses the target with his header.

This is now the only game without a goal in the PL. Sorry folks.

Opportunity for Davies, who turns in the area, whose shot is blocked by Huth. From the corner, Ki fires wide at the near post. Better from Swansea

We have our second corner and Swansea's first. De Guzman takes, but again it hits the first man. It breaks to Hernandez, whose shot is deflected wide

Etherington gets in for Stoke, but his shot is poor and from out wide hits the side netting

That spell has got the crowd going, which is causing a better atmosphere. Up until the now, the game has been a touch too flat

Swansea enjoying a spell of domination, but Stoke hold with defensive certainty

Peter Crouch has a shot from the edge of the area, but again goes over. We've had six shots so far, all off target.

Michu again can only hit the ball high over the bar when presented with a chance on his left foot. The Spaniard has been quiet so far.

Begovic is receiving a number of backpasses, which he is seemingly hitting as high into the air as he can

Half way through the first half now, and neither keeper has had to make a save as yet. Ki's wild longe range effort the only shot

Wayne Routledge penalised for a foul in the Stoke area on Whitehead. Home crowd not happy with that decision, or the apparent timewasting from Stoke

The first corner goes to Stoke, but Whelan fails to beat the first man

Ki shoots from 30 yards, but the ball comfortably goes over and wide. The crowd that had urged the effort then groan when it goes over!

Begovic does well to keep a Whitehead back header in play. Do need a chance pretty soon, I'd say

Stoke resorting slightly to a more direct approach, but Jonathan Walters has no luck in consecutive aerial duels

Michu penalised for a foul in the area on Ryan Shawcross. He gets a talkign to, and in fairness it looked a nasty one. No complaints from the Stoke man

Stoke now able to get onto the ball in midfield and exert their way back into the match. No huge chances created thus far

Etherington does well down the left and forces Monk to conceded a throw win. Swansea clear the resultant set piece

Stoke get a free kick which Etherington sends into the box. Swansea do well to clear through a series of headers

Much of the play has been down the right wing, where Hernandez will be looking to test out stand-in left back Geoff Cameron

A typically attractive passing move from Swansea. Stoke clear, but the home side have started brightly

Stoke now taking the opportunity to hold the ball in defensive areas, gaining some composure

Six minutes played and I don't think Stoke have had possession in Swansea's half as yet

Routledge just fails to find Michu in the box, and the ball is cleared.

Swansea gain a free kick out wide, and Stoke have been harried in possession on a number of occasions

Michu is teed up by Schechter, but he fires well over. Stoke yet to settle

Swansea have the first chance, with Hernandez having a shot tipped wide. In any case, the flag was up.

Swansea typically start by passing the ball around midfield

We are underway...

The two teams change ends, and we will have a minute's applause to celebrate the life of ex-Swansea midfielder Geoff Thomas, who died on Monday aged 64. A nice touch.

Swansea were unable to hold a full training session yesterday because of the snow, whilst Stoke were forced to play 120 minutes against Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Any hangovers from those events?

Just under ten minutes until kick off, and the ground is filling up nicely. Not many have been put off by the cold it seems, which is ncie to see

Both sides come into this game with identical records in their last seven Premier League games: W1 D4 L2, but Swansea will fancy their chances after just two defeats in 17 home games in all competitions

Brisbane Stokie (I think they support the away side) focuses on the line ups: "Crouch in the starting 11 ahead of Jones is the big story for us. Is Jones on his way?"

Short and sweet

Swansea Jack has been in touch (I'd guess they support the home side) to say: "2 nil to the swans"

The pitch may well cut up as the match progresses, but it must be said that it looks in great nick considering the weather

Tony Pulis: "Michael has done a fantastic job there. He has a great knowledge of the Spanish league, and I think he's worked that oracle really well. He has impressed me with the way they have set themselves up and the way they have gone about their business."

Michael Laudrup: "Saturday's game is very important. It is a home game, which means we want to get three points and get closer to the 40-point mark. Then, when we arrive at that point, we can see how many games are left. We are at a very good level right now. There are 16 games to go and we still need to carry as we have been."

Some pre-match quotes from the managers for you:

Make sure you get in touch with me via Twitter @danielstorey85 with your thoughts and predictions

STOKE: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross (c), Etherington, Adam, Nzonzi, Whitehead, Whelan, Walters, Crouch SUBS: Sorensen, Upson, Kightly, Palacios, Owen, Jerome, Jones.

SWANS: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk (c), Davies, de Guzman, Ki, Michu, Routledge, Hernandez, Shechter. SUBS: Tremmel, Bartley, Tiendalli, Britton, Dyer, Lamah, Graham.

We have the team news for you:

Swansea (evens) are being well backed to inflict a third straight Premier League defeat on Stoke. All three Premier League meetings between these two sides have ended 2-0 and it's 8/1 for Michael Laudrup's side to win by the same margin. Michu is 4/1 to net the opening goal for the Swans, while Peter Crouch, who has a good record against the Welsh side, is 13/2 to break the deadlock and 2/1 to net in 90 minutes.

There has been some frightful weather in South Wales in the last few days, so a huge well done to the stadium staff who have ensured that this game goes ahead

Welcome to our live commentary from the Liberty Stadium, where Swansea host Stoke

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