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  • Date:26 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:26,678
  • Upson (23) Crouch (38)
Goal!

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91:53 +1.53

Shot on goal by Danny Graham from just inside the area goes over the target.

90:50 +0.50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Whitehead on Joe Allen. The ball is sent over by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Steven Caulker takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a brilliant save.

87:11

Wilson Palacios replaces Ryan Shotton.

86:57

(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Rory Delap coming on for Peter Crouch.

86:51

Andy Wilkinson challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.

84:38

Glenn Whelan takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Caulker makes a clearance.

84:33

The ball is swung over by Andy Wilkinson, Josh McEachran gets a block in.

83:22

Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, Joe Allen manages to make a clearance.

82:29

Dean Whitehead fouled by Gylfi Sigurdsson, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Whelan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

81:05

Shot from 12 yards by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.

79:12

Shot from 20 yards from Luke Moore. Comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.

77:48

Outswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the right by-line played to the near post, Danny Graham manages to make a clearance.

77:38

Cameron Jerome delivers the ball, Ashley Williams gets a block in.

76:43

Luke Moore takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

76:12

Unfair challenge on Neil Taylor by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Gylfi Sigurdsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Asmir Begovic.

74:35

Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Steven Caulker results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.

73:44

Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Caulker.

72:42

Gylfi Sigurdsson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

71:20

The ball is delivered by Ryan Shotton, Headed effort from close range by Jonathan Walters goes wide left of the goal.

70:10

Josh McEachran on for Scott Sinclair.

70:03

(Swansea) makes a substitution, with Luke Moore coming on for Nathan Dyer.

69:42

The ball is sent over by Angel Rangel.

68:48

Glenn Whelan takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Danny Graham.

68:15

Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

68:08

Marc Wilson crosses the ball, Steven Caulker gets a block in.

66:52

Unfair challenge on Ryan Shotton by Scott Sinclair results in a free kick. Cameron Jerome on for Matthew Etherington. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.

65:32

The ball is swung over by Joe Allen, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.

64:55

Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line played to the near post, Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance.

64:34

Corner taken short by Scott Sinclair.

64:11

Angel Rangel produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Steven Caulker gets a block in.

57:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Danny Graham. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.

56:19

Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from left channel, clearance by Matthew Upson.

54:27

Jonathan Walters has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

52:59

Nathan Dyer has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

48:41

Effort on goal by Matthew Etherington from 20 yards. Gerhard Tremmel makes a comfortable save.

48:04

Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save made by Gerhard Tremmel.

48:01

Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line.

47:21

Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

44:54

The ball is swung over by Angel Rangel, Asmir Begovic makes a save.

42:36

The ball is delivered by Nathan Dyer.

38:23

Peter Crouch grabs a headed goal from close range. Stoke 2-0 Swansea.Assist by Ryan Shotton.

37:16

A cross is delivered by Glenn Whelan.

35:32

Drilled left-footed shot by Danny Graham. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.

32:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Caulker on Matthew Etherington. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

30:19

Scott Sinclair takes a short corner.

29:32

Short corner worked by Joe Allen.

26:02

Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Graham. Ryan Shawcross goes into the book. Gylfi Sigurdsson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

23:25

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Matthew Upson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Stoke 1-0 Swansea.Assist by Matthew Etherington.

23:19

Centre by Ryan Shotton, clearance made by Neil Taylor.

22:40

Leon Britton fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.

20:02

A cross is delivered by Nathan Dyer, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.

13:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shotton by Neil Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

11:45

Shot by Jonathan Walters from 20 yards. Steven Caulker gets a block in.

10:36

Andy Wilkinson challenges Joe Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gerhard Tremmel.

8:41

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Matthew Upson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

8:01

Neil Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shotton. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.

5:57

Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Britton. Free kick taken by Angel Rangel.

5:51

Centre by Ryan Shotton, save by Gerhard Tremmel.

5:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Taylor by Peter Crouch. Gerhard Tremmel takes the free kick.

5:06

Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, clearance made by Neil Taylor.

3:58

Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Direct free kick taken by Neil Taylor.

1:54

Effort on goal by Scott Sinclair from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

0:38

Unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Steven Caulker restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Vorm expects same from Stoke Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm believes Stoke will offer few surprises in Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium. The Dutch keeper was part of the Swans side that defeated Stoke 2-0 in October, and now with 13 league games remaining, the two clubs are level on 30 points with only Swansea's superior goal difference separating them. Vorm expects a tough match from Tony Pulis' side but believes the Potters' game plan is easy to read which will once again give Swansea the advantage. "I think they're hard to beat especially at home but if we keep our possession and the way we play, especially after the new year, we can beat everybody," Vorm told the club's official website, www.swanseacity.net. "Stoke are a team that are fighting and use a lot of long balls - the opposite of how we play. I think if we get the ball and play how we can play we can win. "A good thing is there's not really a secret to how they play. You know what to expect and the way they play - you can prepare for it quite well. "Still, you never know how the match will go. For us the most important thing is to stop them playing a lot of long balls and if we've got the ball not to lose it too fast. If we've got the possession they run after us and I think that's the best way to defeat them." Stoke are in the middle of a congested run of fixtures, having played in the FA Cup and the Europa league - which they exited on Thursday night thanks to a 2-0 aggregate defeat by Valencia - whereas Swansea return to action fresh from last week's training camp in Tenerife. Vorm believes the break came at the perfect time and provided a much-needed boost for the final stages of the season. "We had a lot of games and I think if you have a rest after a couple of days in the nice weather it's always good," Vorm said. "It costs a lot of strength and power to play how we do but especially against teams like Stoke. If you want to beat them to need to create high pressure and not let them put the ball too fast and lean back on our defence. "The way they play is very hard to defend. You can beat them but it will be a tough one." Swansea will be boosted by a return to fitness by midfielder Joe Allen after he missed the 3-2 home defeat by Norwich. However, Kemy Agustien looks set to miss out after he picked up a knock in training and fellow midfielder Andrea Orlandi (hamstring) is also a doubt. Jonathan Woodgate believes Stoke will play a better passing team than European conquerors Valencia when they welcome Swansea to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers' side have been one of the surprise packages of the Barclays Premier League season, staying well away from the bottom three and earning numerous plaudits for their style of play. The match comes three days after Stoke's 1-0 defeat by Valencia at the Mestalla and Woodgate is hoping the clash will have prepared them well for the encounter with the Swans. The former England defender said: "We have a big game on Sunday and we need to win it. "Swansea are similar to Valencia. They play just as much football as them, in fact they even pass the ball a bit more than Valencia. We should be used to that now and it should be a good game. They (Swansea) have been first class. The way they have played their football and got to where they are is a credit to them. They had more possession than Arsenal, and they beat them - that is some job." Stoke manager Tony Pulis will make significant changes from the side knocked out of Europe. The Potters boss left nine first-team players at home for the defeat in Spain, including the likes of Peter Crouch, Jon Walters and Matthew Etherington, and all are likely to come in as Stoke look to arrest a run of four straight league defeats. Robert Huth serves the final match of a three-game ban but Rory Delap is available after having his red card at Crawley overturned, while Pulis could give Asmir Begovic a start in goal ahead of Thomas Sorensen.

Formation:442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

Formation: 433Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

  • Asmir Begovic
  • Andy Wilkinson
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Matthew Upson
  • Marc Wilson
  • Ryan Shotton
  • Dean Whitehead
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Matthew Etherington
  • Jonathan Walters
  • Peter Crouch
  • SUBS
  • Thomas Sorensen
  • Kenwyne Jones
  • Ricardo Fuller
  • Jermaine Pennant
  • Rory Delap
  • Cameron Jerome
  • Wilson Palacios

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Match Report

Potters halt poor run Stoke brought a four-match losing run in the Barclays Premier League to an end as first-half goals from Matthew Upson and Peter Crouch earned them a comfortable 2-0 victory over Swansea. Potters boss Tony Pulis made 11 changes from the side knocked out of the Europa League by Valencia in midweek and he got the result he was looking for, with Upson heading in his first goal for the club in the 24th minute before Crouch followed suit from another set-piece 15 minutes later. Scott Sinclair missed a glorious chance for Swansea in the opening two minutes and they had to wait until injury-time for another one, Asmir Begovic pushing Steven Caulker's header on to the bar. Both managers made changes in goal, with Pulis giving Begovic his first league start in almost three months ahead of Thomas Sorensen, while the ill Michel Vorm was replaced by Premier League debutant Gerhard Tremmel for Swansea. The teams' preparations could not have been more different, with Stoke playing both legs of the Valencia tie and an FA Cup clash with Crawley while Swansea, who won the reverse fixture 2-0 in October, took the opportunity to head off to Tenerife for a training camp. Brendan Rodgers' side got their first glimpse of goal inside two minutes, and it was a very good one, Nathan Dyer breaking down the right and pulling the ball back for Sinclair, who skied his shot horribly over the bar. Stoke immediately broke down the other end and a long throw from Ryan Shotton was only half cleared to Glenn Whelan on the edge of the box, and his shot was flicked on by Crouch but well blocked by the Swansea defence. After a lively start the tempo dropped, but in the 24th minute the deadlock was broken as Upson powered in a header from a Matthew Etherington corner as Tremmel chose to stay on his line. Swansea responded well and full-back Neil Taylor was allowed to run virtually from the halfway line into the heart of the penalty area before Upson produced a crucial block. The visitors were monopolising possession but lacked a cutting edge and they were undone again six minutes before the break from another set-piece. This time Shotton's long throw was Stoke's weapon and Crouch had the simple task of nodding it in past the despairing dive of Tremmel. Stoke began the second half looking hungry for a third and again it was set-pieces that were causing problems for Swansea, although Tremmel did well to punch the ball away after Crouch had headed an Etherington corner towards goal. At the other end, Dyer, who had looked Swansea's most dangerous player, curled a shot wide of the far post but it was a rare break for Swansea and in the 55th minute Jon Walters almost made it three. Shotton's long throw again picked out the head of Crouch, who beat Tremmel to the ball comfortably to flick on but Walters could only place his header over the bar. Stoke were pressing very high up the pitch, not allowing Swansea's defenders any time on the ball, and even when they did manage a spell of pressure they could not test Begovic. Both managers made changes, Cameron Jerome replacing Etherington for Stoke while Luke Moore and Josh McEachran came on for Sinclair and Dyer for Swansea. Shotton was having a fine game for the hosts and curled in a superb cross that Walters probably should have done better with than head wide of the near post. Swansea pressed hard in the closing stages but did not test Begovic until injury-time, when the Bosnia international somehow managed to push Caulker's bullet header onto the bar from Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick. The victory, Stoke's first points in the league since a draw with Liverpool on January 14, meant Pulis' side climbed above their opponents and into 12th place in the table.

Form Guide

    WDLLLL
  • Stoke
  • VS
  • Swansea
  • WWLDWL

Last Meetings

  • Swansea
  • 2 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 02/10/2011
  • Swansea
  • 1 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 16/04/1983
  • Stoke
  • 4 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 11/09/1982
  • Swansea
  • 3 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 06/03/1982
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 2
  • Swansea
  • 17/10/1981

Top Scorers

Stoke

  • P Crouch 6
  • R Delap 2
  • M Etherington 2
  • J Walters 2
  • C Jerome 2
  • R Shawcross 2
  • G Whelan 1
  • R Huth 1
  • K Jones 1
  • R Shotton 1

Swansea

  • D Graham 9
  • N Dyer 3
  • S Sinclair 3
  • L Lita 2
  • J Allen 2
  • A Williams 1
  • W Routledge 1
  • L Moore 1
  • GT Sigurdsson 1

Goals

Stoke

    • Total goals 62
    • Goals per game 24
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Swansea

    • Total goals 66
    • Goals per game 28
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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