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  • Date:02 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance:19,523
  • Sinclair - pen (8) Sinclair - pen (8)
    Graham (84) Graham (84)
Goal!

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94:10 +4.10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Leroy Lita. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

93:32 +3.32

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

93:09 +3.09

Peter Crouch fouled by Garry Monk, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.

92:19 +2.19

Mark Gower decides to take the corner short.

89:50

Glenn Whelan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal. Leroy Lita on for Danny Graham.

87:33

Ryan Shotton concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Ryan Shotton is booked. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.

85:53

Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Ashley Williams results in a free kick. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.

84:18

Danny Graham gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 2-0 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Joe Allen.

82:48

Danny Graham is ruled offside. Dean Whitehead takes the indirect free kick.

80:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Ryan Shotton. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.

79:24

(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Ryan Shotton coming on for Jermaine Pennant.

75:44

Unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair by Jermaine Pennant results in a free kick. Jermaine Pennant shown a yellow card. Scott Sinclair fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

75:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Moore on Dean Whitehead. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.

73:48

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

72:29

Unfair challenge on Garry Monk by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

71:45

Jermaine Pennant fouled by Luke Moore, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant.

71:03

Luke Moore is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

70:14

Foul by Cameron Jerome on Michel Vorm, free kick awarded. Michel Vorm takes the direct free kick.

68:13

Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Fantastic save by Asmir Begovic. Mark Gower takes a floated corner from the right by-line to the near post. Nathan Dyer produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

66:23

Cameron Jerome takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

64:49

Unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Wayne Routledge goes off and Luke Moore comes on. Joe Allen takes the free kick.

64:02

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Danny Graham.

62:07

The offside flag is raised against Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

60:56

Foul by Jonathan Walters on Michel Vorm, free kick awarded. Michel Vorm takes the direct free kick.

58:03

Foul by Ashley Williams on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded. Neil Taylor booked for unsporting behaviour. Glenn Whelan has an effort direct from the free kick. Foul by Wayne Routledge on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Wayne Routledge goes into the referee's book. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from right wing, clearance by Danny Graham.

55:55

Wayne Routledge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.

53:41

Foul by Mark Gower on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Mark Gower goes into the book. Rory Delap goes off and Cameron Jerome comes on. Jonathan Woodgate takes the direct free kick. Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Comfortable save by Michel Vorm.

52:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Rory Delap. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mark Gower.

51:29

Corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line.

50:38

Effort from just outside the area by Scott Sinclair goes over the bar.

48:10 +3.10

Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Neil Taylor gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Danny Graham.

46:59

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower, Close range header by Danny Graham goes over the bar.

46:56 +1.56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Scott Sinclair. Jermaine Pennant takes the free kick.

45:15

Ashley Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Jermaine Pennant restarts play with the free kick.

44:26

Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Gower. Peter Crouch receives a caution. Garry Monk takes the free kick.

43:42

Unfair challenge on Garry Monk by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Garry Monk restarts play with the free kick.

42:54

Rory Delap produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

41:02

Danny Graham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.

39:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Wilkinson on Nathan Dyer. Andy Wilkinson shown a yellow card. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.

38:29

Michel Vorm fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

36:48

Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Angel Rangel goes over the bar.

36:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Glenn Whelan. Direct free kick taken by Garry Monk.

32:46

(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Robert Huth coming on for Marc Wilson.

26:17

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant, Garry Monk makes a clearance. The official flags Jonathan Walters offside. Michel Vorm takes the indirect free kick.

25:07

Short corner taken by Garry Monk from the left by-line.

22:05

Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Williams. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.

20:16

Effort on goal by Jonathan Walters from 20 yards. Save made by Michel Vorm. Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Marc Wilson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

18:39

Foul by Glenn Whelan on Wayne Routledge, free kick awarded. Glenn Whelan booked for unsporting behaviour. Neil Taylor takes the free kick.

18:03

Unfair challenge on Danny Graham by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.

17:28

Foul by Nathan Dyer on Marc Wilson, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

15:07

Ryan Shawcross fouled by Ashley Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Pennant shoots direct from the free kick.

14:20

Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line to the near post, Mark Gower manages to make a clearance.

10:55

Shot by Scott Sinclair from 20 yards. Blocked by Jonathan Woodgate.

8:29

Wayne Routledge provided the assist for the goal.

7:41

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Ryan Shawcross. Penalty taken right-footed by Scott Sinclair and scored. Swansea 1-0 Stoke.Assist by Wayne Routledge.

5:41

Angel Rangel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.

4:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Wilkinson on Scott Sinclair. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Pulis challenges Potters to avoid Euro hangover Stoke boss Tony Pulis does not want to see a successful week end on a sour note again when his team face Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. The Potters go into the clash at the Liberty Stadium on the back of two impressive results over the past few days, a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Turkish side Besiktas in the Europa League on Thursday and last weekend's 1-1 draw with Manchester United, both at home. A fortnight earlier, the Staffordshire outfit had overcome Liverpool 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium and then held Dynamo Kiev to a 1-1 draw in Ukraine in their Europa League Group E opener, only to be hammered 4-0 at Sunderland on the Sunday. It was their first - and to this point sole - defeat of the campaign, and Pulis is keen to avoid a repeat against the Swans. "The big challenge is raising your game for matches in a week, which is what we need to do at Swansea after the excellent results against Manchester United and Besiktas," Pulis told www.stokecityfc.com. "We had a similar sequence in the lead up to Sunderland when we beat Liverpool and then drew out in the Ukraine against Dynamo Kiev, so that is a sobering reminder of what can happen if we're not right on it in this instance. "I'm told the record books show that sides who have successful Europa League campaigns find that their league form drops off as a result, so it will be very interesting to see what happens, but we are very mindful of that." Winger Matthew Etherington (dead leg) will undergo a fitness test ahead of the clash having limped out against Besiktas. Defender Jonathan Woodgate is available again having not been part of Stoke's European squad and the rested Asmir Begovic is set to return in goal. Salif Diao (fractured cheekbone) is another injury doubt while Kenwyne Jones (hamstring) remains sidelined. Proud Welshman Pulis is well aware of the threat posed by newly-promoted Swansea, the Premier League's first Welsh club who recorded their maiden victory in the division in their last home game with a 3-0 triumph against West Brom. "Swansea have done fantastically as a football club over the past five or six years - not just since (their manager) Brendan Rodgers came in, but prior to that as well," Pulis said. "They have built a smashing football club there with an almost brand new stadium which has a fantastic atmosphere. "I've watched them twice this year and they are a very, very good side. They pass the ball around well and they have good players." Swansea boss Rodgers has heaped praise on "incredible" captain Garry Monk as the centre-half prepares to again put his body on the line against Stoke despite not being fully fit. The 32-year-old missed the first four games of the Swans Premier League campaign as he struggled to get over a long-standing foot problem, caused by pain-killing injections in his back, which has seen him experiencing numbness. But he was pressed into action ahead of schedule when Rodgers found himself with a chronic shortage of centre-halves, injuries to Alan Tate and Steven Caulker and FIFA's denial of clearance for the signings of Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche leaving him with Ashley Williams as his only fit option. That lack of options saw Monk summoned back into the side for the 3-0 win over West Brom and last weekend's 4-1 defeat at Chelsea. And at the end of a week when Carlos Tevez was suspended after being accused of refusing to play for Manchester City, Rodgers has been amazed by the commitment his skipper, who has played for the club in all four divisions of the league pyramid, has shown. "He has been incredible considering what he has been through. He has put himself forward when he hasn't been fully fit and he hasn't let anyone down," he said. "Against West Brom he was exceptional and against Chelsea he was doing his best against some world class players. "He is a player I can rely on, a great captain. Many players in his position, maybe nine out of 10 players, would not have put themselves forward. "He has an incredible mentality and he is a great man and it shows the mark of him. Many would be frightened to be exposed at this level but he put himself forward while trying to get fully fit as he understands the problems we have got. "He gives everything once he pulls the shirt on and we will need him more in the future." Midfielder Leon Britton (back) is the major fitness concern for Rodgers. Striker Danny Graham could come back into the starting line-up in place of Leroy Lita. end

Formation:451Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

  • Michel Vorm
  • Ashley Williams
  • Neil Taylor
  • Garry Monk
  • Angel Rangel
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Nathan Dyer
  • Wayne Routledge
  • Joe Allen
  • Mark Gower
  • Danny Graham
  • SUBS
  • Gerhard Tremmel
  • Stephen Dobbie
  • Leroy Lita
  • Luke Moore
  • Federico Bessone
  • Ashley Richards
  • Lee Lucas

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Match Report

Graham off the mark Record signing Danny Graham grabbed his first Swansea goal as the Welsh club maintained their unbeaten Premier League home record with a 2-0 victory over Stoke in a feisty Liberty Stadium encounter. Scott Sinclair opened the scoring when he slotted his second penalty of the campaign in the 10th minute after Potters captain Ryan Shawcross, on his 100th top-flight appearance, made a rash challenge on Wayne Routledge. Graham then made sure of the win with five minutes remaining as he came out on top in a challenge with Jonathan Woodgate to calmly fire home his maiden strike following his #3.5million move from Watford. Glenn Whelan went closest for the visitors as he hit the post with a low free-kick, while Jon Walters had a volley athletically tipped onto the bar by Michel Vorm as Swansea's defence remained unbreached on home soil. Much had been made of the clash of styles between the sides and there were eight bookings in total, with Stoke's five meaning they are set for an FA fine. Andy Wilkinson was one of those to see yellow but was fortunate not to have been dismissed for a horrible waist-high tackle on Nathan Dyer. Swansea were without Leon Britton after the midfielder failed to overcome a back complaint, and Graham was preferred to Leroy Lita in attack while Stoke were without Matthew Etherington, who failed a fitness test on a dead leg. The home side got off to the ideal start when Shawcross' foul on Routledge gifted Swansea the opener in the 10th minute. The Potters skipper felled the midfielder as he raced into the box and referee Mike Jones had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, with Sinclair slotting his penalty low to Asmir Begovic's left. Graham then came within inches of doubling the lead as he just failed to reach a Routledge cross. Vorm had little to do in the early stages but he was alert when called upon as he made a stunning save to deny Walters, tipping the striker's improvised volley onto the bar and over. The visitors were finding it easy to bring Peter Crouch into the game, with diminutive Swansea midfielder Joe Allen struggling to compete with the giant striker in the air. And some sloppy play by Swansea saw them begin to enjoy long spells in the opposition half, although two trademark long throws from Rory Delap represented their only threat. Angel Rangel headed over at the other end after meeting Mark Gower's corner before Wilkinson was guilty of an awful tackle on Dyer five minutes before the break. The defender's challenge was waist high and left the winger on the floor in a heap, but referee Jones somehow deemed it only worthy of a yellow card. Pulis brought former Cardiff striker Cameron Jerome on for Delap, and the forward ought to have done better than firing weakly wide after being found by a Walters header. Whelan exchanged shoves with Ashley Williams and then hit the woodwork with a low free-kick as the feisty nature of the contest continued. Routledge than became the latest player to see yellow after he scythed down Jermaine Pennant. Swansea remained a threat on the break and it took an outstanding save from Begovic to deny Sinclair his second after he had cut in from the left and got away a curling right-footed effort. The Potters were caught out again when Allen freed Sinclair, with Pennant earning a booking for a cynical foul as the Swansea man closed in on the box. Graham then sealed the hosts' second win of the season as the striker got a lucky ricochet off Woodgate to go on and fire beyond Begovic.

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