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Stoke City 1-1 Swansea City

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Chico Flores scores

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."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Begovic
  • 20Cameron
  • 3Pieters
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forGuidettiat 68'minutes
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12Wilson
  • 9Odemwingie
  • 16AdamBooked at 36mins
  • 25CrouchBooked at 88mins
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forN'Zonziat 56'minutes
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forAssaidiat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 8Palacios
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 23Guidetti
  • 24Assaidi
  • 29Sørensen
  • 32Ireland

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Davies
  • 21Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 4Flores Moreno
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 36mins
  • 12DyerSubstituted forEmnesat 82'minutes
  • 7BrittonBooked at 71minsSubstituted forAmatat 90'minutes
  • 10Bony
  • 11HernándezSubstituted forDe Guzmánat 75'minutes
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 25Tremmel
  • 26Vázquez García
  • 54Ngog
  • 57Emnes
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
24,822

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 1, Swansea City 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Jordi Amat replaces Leon Britton.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Nathan Dyer.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea26176348212757
2Arsenal26175448262256
3Man City25173568274154
4Liverpool26165566323453
5Tottenham2615563632450
6Everton25129437261145
7Man Utd26126841311042
8Southampton2610973729839
9Newcastle26114113238-637
10Swansea2677123336-328
11West Ham2677122833-528
12Aston Villa2677122736-928
13Hull2676132531-627
14Stoke2669112741-1427
15Crystal Palace2582151834-1626
16Norwich2667131939-2025
17West Brom26412103038-824
18Sunderland2566132538-1324
19Cardiff2657141944-2522
20Fulham2662182658-3220
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