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Summary

  1. Swansea sit 18th, two points behind Hull
  2. The Swans have only taken one point from the last 18 available
  3. Stoke looking for first away win since mid-January
  4. Butland plays for first time this season
  5. Paul Clement makes four changes to Swansea team

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By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Paul Clement called this game must win for Swansea and that is just what they have done.

Follow reaction to this game here.

Clement
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Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Fabianski flaps at the cross but gets lucky as the ball drops at his feet and the Swansea keeper grabs hold of it.

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

And another.

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

It is probably too little too late but Stoke win a corner.

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

The Swans win a corner but there is no way this is going in the box. Two minutes left.

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Four minutes added time.

Not long for Swansea to hold on. They've got the ball near the Stoke box as well.

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Crouch is going in the book here for a challenge on Mike van der Hoorn. 

He's given Van der Hoorn a little push on the back of the head. 

Swansea deserve it

Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at Liberty Stadium for 5 live Sport

Swansea have dominated this game, really. Stoke have changed their shape to a diamond with Crouch leading the line, but it's not made an iota of difference. If either side look more likely to score it's the Swans.

SUBSTITUTION

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Nothing has gone Marko Arnautovic's way today and now he is replaced by Mame Biram Diouf.  

Leon Britton is also subbed off and receives a standing ovation from the home crowd.

Britton was making his first appearance under Paul Clement and has been outstanding.

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Swansea have been excellent here and are unfortunate that Hull are 2-0 against Watford.

That result means Swansea are staying in the bottom three as it stands.

Sigurdsson
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Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Mark Hughes is furious with his side on the touchline. He makes a change replacing Saido Berahino with Ramadan Sobhi.

That does little to stop the Swansea pressure though, Ki Sung-yueng slices a half-volley wide for the home side.

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

And breathe! What a few minutes that was.

Not settling for two goals, Jordan Ayew has a shot from a narrow angle saved at the near post by Jack Butland.

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

The Liberty Stadium is bouncing.

Having just scored once from distance, Tom Carroll thinks he may as well have another go and almost finds the top corner again but for a diving Jack Butland.

'No more than Swansea deserve'

Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at Liberty Stadium for 5 live Sport

I thought we were watching the Ospreys, not Swansea, playing on the pitch. That was a rugby conversion! That wasn't just a penalty miss, that was a huge penalty miss, and what a let-off for Swansea.

And what a crazy minute of football! Instead of levelling it up Stoke now find themselves two goals down! That took a wicked deflection off Joe Allen and no chance for Jack Butland. All Swansea's supporters want is for Watford to do something against Hull.

But this is no more than Swansea deserve.

Mayhem at the Liberty

Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Moments after Stoke miss a penalty Swansea double their lead.

Tom Carroll has a hit from 30 yards and it takes a flick off Joe Allen - playing against his former club of course - and flies into the top corner.

I think they heard those Swansea fans' cheers in Stoke.

Carroll celebrates
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GOAL Swansea 2-0 Stoke

Tom Carroll

Oh my word again!!

MISSED PENALTY

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Arnautovic
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Oh. My. Word. Marko Arnautovic has skied it.

Arnautovic reacts
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PENALTY

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Shaqiri fouled by Fernandez. Stoke have the chance to level it up.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Set pieces apart, Swansea have lost their forward impetus since Llorente was replaced. Jordan Ayew has moved into the central striking position.

Clement's gamble

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium

Paul Clement has taken something of a gamble by replacing striker Fernando Llorente with centre-back Mike van der Hoorn, who has not played since January.

Swansea seem to have switched to a new 5-3-2 formation, with playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson pushed forward into an unfamiliar striker role.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Bad news for Swans fans reading this.

Hull are ahead at the KCOM Stadium. That means Swansea are right back where they started the game, in the relegation zone two points from safety.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

That is perhaps a risky substitution from Paul Clement, taking off your goal scorer and main striker for a centre-back with 30 minutes left.

There's a break in play on the field as Marko Arnautovic receives treatment for a foul by Kyle Naughton that sees the Swansea man booked.

'Berahino has been absolutely awful'

Swansea City 1-0 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at Liberty Stadium for 5 live Sport

It's been all Swansea in this second half after a lot of huffing and puffing in the first 45 minutes. 

Stoke's crosses into the box have been woefully poor - better delivery and they could easily be back on level terms.

Saido Berahino has been absolutely awful, only two or three successful pieces of link-up play so far and the rest of the time losing the ball. He's not a poor player, but he's been very poor this afternoon.

Saido brought a nice man-bag with him to south Wales today, though...

Saido Berahino's bag
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SUBSTITUTION

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Goal scorer Fernando Llorente has been taken off by Swansea manager Paul Clement.

It looks as though Clement is settling for the one goal as centre-back Mike van der Hoorn is the man to replace him. 

Llorente
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Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Lukasz Fabianski has been really sharp in coming off his line today and comes out to claim Glen Johnson's cross here.

Stoke have put plenty of crosses into the box, as you would with Peter Crouch up top, but at almost every opportunity the Pole has come out to stop the ball reaching Crouch.

'Swansea cannot sink deep'

Swansea City 1-0 Stoke City

Dean Saunders

Ex-Liverpool and Wales striker on Final Score

Stoke would have hoped Saido Berahino could have made a bigger impact since joining. But of course he brings baggage with him, and to be fair if he has a strong pre-season next year could be his. 

In this second half, the one thing Swansea cannot do is sink deep. Because if they retreat, at some point a Xherdan Shaqiri cross will find Peter Crouch's head.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

This time Sigurdsson can't find a team-mate in the box as Peter Crouch heads away.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Chants of "Leon, Leon, Leon" ring around the Liberty as Leon Britton slides in to break up a Stoke attack.

Swansea go straight up the other end and win a corner. They're always dangerous with Gylfi Sigurdsson about.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

That spectacular volley a few years back aside, Peter Crouch isn't known for his long-range shooting.

He's just tried a shot from outside the box here but it trickles into Lukasz Fabianski's arms.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

We're back under way again.

Swansea are 45 minutes away from a massive, massive win.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

As Dafydd points out Fernando Llorente is not the quickest.

What he is though is a goal scorer, particularly when the ball is in the air. Half of his goals this season have been headers.

Despite Stoke coming into the game towards the end of the half, I think the home side deserve their lead.

Action areas
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Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium

You can see why Fernando Llorente's sprinting stats are so low.

As good as he is in the air, the Spaniard is not a natural runner.

Leon Britton just played a fine through ball to him out wide, but Llorente chased it with the ease and pace of a beached cruise liner.

HALF-TIME

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

What am I talking about?

Swansea come within a whisker of doubling their lead as Jordan Ayew gets in down the right side of the box, unleashes a low shot which goes narrowly wide.

Straight up the other end, Berahino has another chance but he heads straight at Fabianski from Peter Crouch's knock back across goal.

And that is half-time.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Swansea are just sitting in, looking to take their lead into the break.

There'll be two minutes of added time.

Johnson
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Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Both sides are struggling to create chances as we head towards half-time. 

Stoke are starting to have more of the ball but the Swansea defence, plus the midfield in front, are holding strong.

Xherdan Shaqiri has a shot from distance but it flies high and wide of the left-hand post.

'Stoke have done very little'

Swansea City 1-0 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at Liberty Stadium for 5 live Sport

Mark Hughes
Reuters

Very ragged performances from both teams, really. 

Mark Hughes will be very unhappy with the way his side started this game. For such an attacking line-up Stoke have done very little going forward. I'd expect significantly more intent in the second half.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Much has been made of Fernando Llorente's performance last week at Watford. The Spaniard was recorded to have sprinted less than 20 metres in the match.

His header is the difference here, however. Today he's completed 23 sprints and, for those of you wondering, played at an average speed of 6.97km/h with a top speed of 27.40km/h.

Llorente
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Swansea 1-0 Stoke

As things stand Swansea are out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Fernando Llorente's early goal here has them above Hull in the table who are currently goalless at home against Watford.

Swansea 1-0 Stoke

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium

It is a little difficult to gauge the mood inside the Liberty Stadium.

At times, the place is bouncing with noise and optimism as Swansea search for a precious win.

At others, it is gripped with nerves - such as when Stoke's Saido Berahino wasted a great opportunity as he headed wide from Joe Allen's pinpoint cross. This game is on a knife edge.

Berahino and Britton
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Swansea 1-0 Stoke

That is by far Stoke's best chance of this half.

Joe Allen plays in a beautiful cross, right onto the head of Saido Berahino but the Englishman makes a mess of the header putting it harmlessly wide from seven yards.

Berahino is yet to score for Stoke since his January move from West Brom.