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Swansea City 0-1 Stoke City

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Swansea v Stoke
Stoke City were bottom of the Premier League table on 12 September - they are now 11th

Stoke City secured a third straight Premier League win to add to Swansea City's problems as Bojan's early penalty settled a scrappy encounter.

The former Barcelona forward sent Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way after he was bundled over by Ashley Williams.

Stoke, now 11th in the table, had chances to extend their lead through Glen Johnson, Charlie Adam and Joselu.

Jonjo Shelvey went close to equalising when his low, angled shot hit the inside of a post and bounced out.

Bojan performance 'delights' Hughes

Yet this was a distinctly under-par performance by Garry Monk's side, who drop to 14th in the table and are without a win in five league games.

Stoke were creative, industrious, dogged and determined as they dominated the opening 45 minutes.

The hosts rallied after the break, substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson going close with a dipping shot soon after Shelvey had been denied by the woodwork.

Worrying times for Monk

Monk deservedly won plenty of plaudits for leading Swansea to an impressive eighth-placed finish last season.

That was partly down to ruthless home form, with Arsenal and Manchester United among nine teams who left the Liberty Stadium without any points.

But these are worrying times for Monk and his players. The Swans look desperately short of confidence after a return of just two points from a possible 15.

Shelvey graphics
Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey had more touches than any other midfielder or forward (left touchmap) and had six shots (right graphic - green = on target, red = off target, yellow = blocked), with only one of those on target. The England international has only ever had more shots twice in a Premier League game

Jefferson Montero, Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew were unrecognisable from their impressive early season form in a lacklustre team performance, a throwback to the latter days of Michael Laudrup's time in charge before the Dane was dismissed in February 2014.

Monk needs to get the Swans, who have an awkward trip to fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday, firing quickly again.

"We went five games without a win last season. I'm not worried. We'll come through it no problem," said the Swansea boss afterwards.

Stoke's rapid rise

Stoke were left propping up the Premier League table with two points from five games after a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on 12 September.

Yet Mark Hughes' side have moved above champions Chelsea and are only two points behind seventh-placed Tottenham after an impressive change in form.

They bossed Swansea from the start, with Williams' foul on Bojan a gift which cost their Welsh opponents dear.

Swansea v Stoke
Swansea's worst winless run under Garry Monk came in February and March 2014 – six games

Adam and Glenn Whelan were particularly impressive in midfield, with forwards Joselu, Bojan and Marko Arnautovic ensuring the home defence was overworked.

Stoke have been guilty this season - against Norwich and Leicester - of failing to hang on to a lead.

Against Swansea, there was little doubt of the outcome once Bojan scored.

However, there was a moment of concern when keeper Jack Butland came charging out and committed a studs-up challenge on Ayew which went unpunished.

The incident was replayed on the big screen inside the ground provoking a chorus of jeers from Swans fans.

"I was a little bit upset that the replay was shown in the stadium," said Hughes. "That shouldn't be allowed. It isn't allowed."

Man of the Match - Joselu

Swansea v Stoke
Stoke's Joselu was a handful throughout for Ashley Williams and the rest of Swansea's defence. The former Real Madrid forward went close with an acrobatic overhead kick - a rare moment of quality in a scrappy match

What they said

Swansea City manager Garry Monk: "We found it difficult to break them down. I think we deserved a point but I can't grumble with a defeat.

"We've had a month of not hitting those levels.

"They're very good players. I need to get them back to that level. I have big confidence in this group."

Swans in a difficult moment - Monk

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "Sometimes you think you've scored too early. But we had control of the game.

"Maybe if we'd taken more care with the final pass we might have capitalised on more opportunities.

"They never really created anything of note. We've restricted them and created opportunities.

"Swansea never got any momentum in the game which was important. We're on a decent run of form."

The stats you need to know

  • Stoke have won consecutive Premier League away games for the first time since December 2011.
  • Swansea have failed to keep a clean sheet in six of their last seven Premier League fixtures.
  • Stoke forward Bojan has found the back of the net in three of his last five Premier League starts on the road.
  • The Swans have only won two of their last 11 league fixtures



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 41mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 24CorkSubstituted forKi Sung-yuengat 59'minutes
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 57mins
  • 58BarrowSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 59'minutes
  • 10A AyewSubstituted forMacedo Lopesat 80'minutes
  • 20Montero
  • 18Gomis


  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 7Britton
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 17Macedo Lopes
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 26Naughton
  • 27Bartley


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 8Johnson
  • 20Cameron
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 3PietersBooked at 45mins
  • 6Whelan
  • 16AdamSubstituted forVan Ginkelat 70'minutes
  • 22ShaqiriBooked at 66mins
  • 27BojanSubstituted forIrelandat 79'minutes
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forAfellayat 75'minutes
  • 11Joselu


  • 5Muniesa
  • 7Ireland
  • 12Wilson
  • 14Afellay
  • 15Van Ginkel
  • 25Crouch
  • 29Haugaard
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Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamStoke
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 0, Stoke City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, Stoke City 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Bafétimbi Gomis is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Xherdan Shaqiri tries a through ball, but Joselu is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eder (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bafétimbi Gomis.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marco Van Ginkel (Stoke City).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Eder (Swansea City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Eder replaces André Ayew.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Bojan.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Ibrahim Afellay replaces Marko Arnautovic.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jefferson Montero (Swansea City).

  16. Post update

    Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Marco Van Ginkel replaces Charlie Adam.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a through ball.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 19th October 2015

As It Stood

1Man City97022481621
3Man Utd9612158719
4West Ham95222012817
6Crystal Palace95041210215
13West Brom9324711-411
19Aston Villa9117815-74
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