Relegation rivals Stoke and Swansea each moved another point away from the relegation zone after playing out a draw at a windy Britannia Stadium.

The game was in doubt at one stage because of the weather, and kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes.

Stoke led at the break when Peter Crouch fired home after Peter Odemwingie had hit the base of a post.

But the Swans saved a point in the second half as Chico Flores headed in Pablo Hernandez's cross.

Swansea are now four points above the bottom three, with Stoke a point below them.

It was doubtful the game was going to be played at all at 18:20 GMT, when the ball would not remain still during referee Jonathan Moss's stadium inspection. However a local weather forecast indicated the wind would die down, with the game given a new 20:00 GMT kick-off time.

The conditions were still windier than either team would have hoped for, but Stoke adapted better and took the lead.

Crouch played the ball to Odemwingie, who struck a post, and the ball fell kindly for the England striker, whose deflected shot from 16 yards crept past a host of defenders and in.

Officials test out pitch

The ball was also rolling away from the corner flag during the pre-match checks

Swansea, as usual, were dominating possession but the Potters had the better chances. Marko Arnautovic forced a save with a swerving effort from 25 yards and Jon Walters fired a shot at Michel Vorm's chest.

As the game drifted towards half-time, the difficult conditions were showcased when Asmir Begovic struggled to place the ball for a goal-kick because of the wind.

Swansea's passing had more precision after the break and Wilfried Bony blazed a shot high and wide with Nathan Dyer furious he had not played him in on the right.

The equaliser came when Crouch headed Hernandez's corner straight back to the Spaniard, who crossed for Flores to flick a header past Begovic.

Referee decisions 'disappoint' Hughes

Stoke brought on striker John Guidetti for midfielder Glenn Whelan with 20 minutes to go as they chased a winner.

But it was Swansea who had the best opportunities to win the game. Bony went close when his shot from eight yards was saved by Begovic and then cleared off the line by Ryan Shawcross.

Substitute Jonathan De Guzman then forced a great diving save from the Bosnian goalkeeper with a shot from 25 yards.

There was almost a late twist when Stoke appealed for a penalty after Crouch went down under pressure from Flores, but referee Moss was not interested.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes:

"We didn't play particularly well but we got ahead in the game. As the home team, you want to be able to manage the game and get through and make sure you don't concede. The goal we conceded was a poor one. Swansea played like they do, plenty of possession.

"We are a little bit disappointed the referee didn't give us a couple of penalties. Whether we deserved maximum points, I think people would debate that.

"Today wasn't a good performance but we got something out of the game. Maybe a couple of weeks ago we wouldn't have been able to."

Flores a 'warrior' says Monk

Swansea boss Garry Monk:

"I think a point is a good result. We could have won that game. In the second half we were magnificent.

"Everyone gave a massive effort, I couldn't be happier with them. You want to win, let's not come and try to settle for anything.

"We knew what type of game we'd be in for here. It was a bit of a swirl, one minute the wind was going one way and the next it was going another way.

"Chico Flores was a warrior today, he showed what a good player he is. He was man of the match by a million miles."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 03 Pieters
  • 06 Whelan (Guidetti - 68' )
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 12 Wilson
  • 09 Odemwingie
  • 16 Adam Booked
  • 25 Crouch Booked
  • 19 Walters (N'Zonzi - 56' )
  • 10 Arnautovic (Assaidi - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Muniesa
  • 08 Palacios
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 23 Guidetti
  • 24 Assaidi
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 32 Ireland

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 22 Rangel
  • 33 Davies
  • 21 Cañas
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams Booked
  • 12 Dyer (Emnes - 82' )
  • 07 Britton Booked (Amat - 90' )
  • 10 Bony
  • 11 Hernández (De Guzmán - 75' )
  • 15 Routledge

Substitutes

  • 02 Amat
  • 03 Taylor
  • 20 De Guzmán
  • 25 Tremmel
  • 26 Alvaro
  • 54 Ngog
  • 57 Emnes
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 24,822

Match Stats

Shots

7 14

On target

4 2

Corners

2 5

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 1, Swansea City 1.

90:00 +5:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Swansea City 1.

90:00 +5:05

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +5:05

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

90:00 +3:26

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:26

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

90:00 +2:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +1:43

Delay in match José Cañas (Swansea City) because of an injury.

89:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Jordi Amat replaces Leon Britton.

88:25

Attempt missed. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

87:40 Booking

Booking Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

87:25

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

85:41

Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross following a corner.

85:14

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

85:08

Attempt saved. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

82:22

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

82:22

John Guidetti (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Nathan Dyer.

80:56

Hand ball by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

80:20

Hand ball by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

77:10

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

77:10

Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:37

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

74:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Jonathan De Guzmán replaces Pablo Hernández.

74:04

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

74:04

Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:41

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:41

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

71:21

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

70:30 Booking

Booking Leon Britton (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:23

Foul by Leon Britton (Swansea City).

70:23

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:32

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:32

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

67:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. John Guidetti replaces Glenn Whelan.

63:19

Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

63:19

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:15

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

59:15

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:05

Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:05

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

55:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Oussama Assaidi replaces Marko Arnautovic.

55:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Steven N'Zonzi replaces Jonathan Walters.

53:07

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies.

51:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Swansea City 1. Chico (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

50:54

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Peter Odemwingie.

46:37

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Davies.

46:08

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

45:27

Attempt missed. José Cañas (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 1, Swansea City 0.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 1, Swansea City 0.

45:00 +1:06

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

45:00 +1:03

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

43:20

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

38:39

Foul by José Cañas (Swansea City).

38:39

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:32

Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Davies.

35:56 Booking

Booking Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

35:38 Booking

Booking Ashley Williams (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

33:50

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:50

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

31:28

Offside, Swansea City. Pablo Hernández tries a through ball, but Wayne Routledge is caught offside.

29:49

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:49

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

29:38

Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

28:44

Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City).

28:44

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:26

Attempt missed. José Cañas (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a cross.

24:28

Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:28

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

21:23

Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

20:49

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

20:27

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:27

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

19:14

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Michel Vorm.

19:12

Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

16:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Swansea City 0. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

16:49

Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Peter Crouch.

13:40

Foul by Leon Britton (Swansea City).

13:40

Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:29

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:29

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

10:32

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

10:32

Marc Wilson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:55

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:55

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

9:36

Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Crouch.

2:19

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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