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Mike Whalley

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  1. Post update

    Swansea 2-0 Stoke

    Anyway, that's all from me. You can catch further post-match reaction, plus all the latest on an eventful day of Premier League action, on our main live text.

    We might even have a Royal baby name for you at some point. You never know.


    Swansea 2-0 Stoke

    Some quick stats for you: Stoke committed 18 fouls during that match. That's a lot of fouls. (Swansea, not entirely innocent themselves, committed nine.)

    Swansea managed 10 shots from inside the box to Stoke's three, which is a pretty fair reflection of how the home side got on top in the second half.


    Swansea 2-0 Stoke

    Now, I realise that the race for seventh place in the Premier League is not one to quicken the pulse, but these are great times for Swansea. I may be the 43,756,245th person to point out that they nearly dropped out of the Football League 12 years ago, but repetition does not make their story any less remarkable.

  4. 'We want to nick seventh'

    Swansea 2-0 Stoke

    Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey: "We want to cement eighth place and maybe nick seventh. We have to keep pushing. The gaffer won't let us rest. He's pushed us harder than ever this week."


    Swansea 2-0 Stoke

    The Levellers' 1997 hit What A Beautiful Day blares out from the public address system as the players disappear. Swansea are firmly cemented in eighth place, and might yet fancy their chances of catching Southampton in seventh. Stoke drop one spot to 10th.


    Swansea 2-0 Stoke

    Martin Fisher

    Match of the Day commentator at the Liberty Stadium

    "Swansea were ordinary in the first half, but came out of the blocks quickly in the second, and blew Stoke away."


    Swansea 2-0 Stoke

  8. GOAL

    Swansea 2-0 Stoke - Ki Sung-yueng

    Sung-Yueng Ki

    Swansea have the points, and Jonjo Shelvey has another assist. This time, the former Liverpool midfielder collects Modou Barrow's long cross at the far post, and slides it back for substitute Ki Sung-yueng to slot his eighth goal of the season past Jack Butland.


    Swansea 1-0 Stoke

    It's not been a great game, but Swansea just about deserve the win. They're not there yet, though...

  10. Post update

    Swansea 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke seeking an equaliser with the frustrated air that my dad shows when he's looking for his car keys. Peter Crouch stabs a tame shot goalwards from the edge of the area, but Lukasz Fabianski holds comfortably.

    Sorry, dad.


    Swansea 1-0 Stoke

    From the resulting free-kick, Jonjo Shelvey wallops a shot towards the top corner, but Stoke keeper Jack Butland flies to his left to tip the ball over. Butland, who has had to wait a long time for a Premier League appearance, has done nothing wrong today.

  12. RED CARD

    Swansea 1-0 Stoke - Marc Wilson

    Stoke managed to get all the way to their 35th Premier League game of the season without a red card - but their unblemished record has gone.

    Marc Wilson, already on a yellow, hacks down Jefferson Montero and is dismissed. No argument there.

  13. Post update

    Swansea 1-0 Stoke

    Peter Crouch, as Peter Crouch does, has immediately set about making a nuisance of himself, and Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski appears to indulge in a little bit of wrestling to prevent the Stoke forward getting on the end of a cross.


    Swansea 1-0 Stoke

    A double change from Mark Hughes as he looks to save the game. Peter Odemwingie, who has missed most of the season with damaged knee ligaments, comes on in attack, as does Peter Crouch. Jon Walters and Mame Biram Diouf - who haven't offered a whole lot between them - have come off.

  15. GOAL

    Swansea 1-0 Stoke - Jefferson Montero

    Jefferson Montero

    At long, long, long last. Jonjo Shelvey, in the eyes of the linesman, just about keeps the ball in play before digging out a cross for Jefferson Montero. The Ecuador winger sneaks in behind Phil Bardsley at the back post to head in his first goal for Swansea.

    I've got to be honest, I don't think that's going to stop this game being last on Match of the Day tonight. But it's something.


    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Having been the aggressor earlier in the half, Marko Arnautovic is now the victim. Swansea full-back Angel Rangel is rightly booked for dragging back the Stoke forward.

    The floodlights are on at the Liberty Stadium. Has no one told winter it should have finished in March?


    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Charlie Adam was Stoke's main man during April, but this has been a quiet start to May. Having struggled to make an impact in an attacking midfield role, Adam is taken off and replaced by Stephen Ireland for the last 20 minutes. Ireland hasn't scored a league goal since December 2013. Now's your chance, fella.

  18. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is hobbling after being caught by Swansea left-back Neil Taylor. Looked a fair challenge, though - Taylor got the ball. N'Zonzi's a pretty tough character, and looks as if he's going to run off his pain.

  19. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Mark Hughes

    Still no goals here. Still no news on a Royal baby name. Which will we get first?

    The tension. Ooh, the tension.

  20. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "This match has come alive in the second half, with Gylfi Sigurdsson twice going close for Swansea and Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf incurring the wrath of the home fans by appearing to dive in the Swans' penalty area.

    "The Potters' Marko Arnautovic could count himself fortunate as well, with referee Craig Pawson not spotting his ugly challenge on Nathan Dyer in which the Austrian's studs appeared to catch the Swansea winger above his ankle. Arnautovic's reprieve from a yellow card, though, is only temporary."


    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    You wait nearly an hour for a Stoke booking, and then two come at once. Now it's left-back Marc Wilson who sees yellow for clattering Swansea's Jack Cork.

    Manager Mark Hughes throws his arms up in disbelief; I can only imagine Hughes feels hard done by because Wilson hasn't committed as many fouls as some of his (unpunished) team-mates. Yes, Mame Biram Diouf, I'm looking at you.

  22. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Swansea are starting to create chances now, with Gylfi Sigurdsson missing another. Marvin Emnes holds the ball up well inside the penalty area, with Jonjo Shelvey and then Angel Rangel helping the ball into the path of Sigurdsson, who drags a shot wide from 10 yards. The home side should probably be in front.


    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Arnautovic now does get his booking, for a relatively innocuous drag back on Angel Rangel. One too many fouls for Craig Pawson's liking, I suspect.

  24. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic is pushing his luck here. First he jumps into Federico Fernandez with an over-physical challenge, and yet there's still no booking from referee Craig Pawson.

    Seconds later, Arnautovic goes in with his studs up on Nathan Dyer. It's a nasty one, but the Austria international escapes again. Stoke haven't had a player sent off this season - but Arnautovic is fortunate not to be the first.

  25. CLOSE!

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Things are starting to happen now - and I don't mean with the Royal baby's name.

    First, Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf has a penalty claim rejected as he goes to ground under Federico Fernandez's challenge - and rightly, as it looked like a stumble rather than a foul.

    Then at the other end, Nathan Dyer has visiting full-back Erik Pieters "on toast", to quote Match of the Day's Martin Fisher, before crossing for Gylfi Sigurdsson to head over from around eight yards. Sigurdsson, who is having a decent game, should have scored that.


    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    The closest we've come to a goal by a mile and then some. Angel Rangel pounces on Marko Arnautovic's slip and feeds Gylfi Sigurdsson on the edge of the area. The Iceland international, such a classy player, sweeps a lovely first-time shot against the bar.

    Still no Royal baby name, by the way. However, the Duke of Cambridge has just told the waiting crowds that he's "very happy". And no wonder - Aston Villa are beating Everton 2-0.

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    Martin Fisher

    Match of the Day commentator at the Liberty Stadium

    "There hasn't been a goalless draw between these two sides in south Wales since September 1960. We've had 15 meetings between them since then. But that first half had 0-0 written all over it."

  28. KICK-OFF

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    The players are back with us at the Liberty Stadium. The second half is off and running. Well, it's off, anyway.


    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    We have a live text commentary on the Royal baby as well, you know.

    (I think the least BBC News can do, now I've linked out to them, is to return the favour.)


    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Royal baby

    I have a feeling we may yet find out the name of the new Royal baby before we get a goal in this game.

    If you missed the news, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child, a daughter, was born at 08:34 BST.

    Alice, Charlotte, Victoria and Elizabeth are among the bookmakers' favourites for the new princess's name. According to Coral, Catherine is 50/1, Anastasia is 200/1, while Kylie and Chardonnay both have odds of 1,000/1.


    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke's physical play in the first half - particularly from Mame Biram Diouf - rather got up the noses of the Swansea fans, with referee Craig Pawson choosing not to book anyone.

    The stats show that Stoke conceded nine fouls to Swansea's four. Both sides. meanwhile, have managed one shot on target.


    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    And that, without question, is a scoreline that reflects the opening 45 minutes.

  33. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Two minutes of stoppage time signalled. Stoke end the first half on the attack, and Charlie Adam sets up Steven N'Zonzi for a chip from just outside the area, which Lukasz Fabianski arches back to tip over.

  34. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    We've had 42 minutes at the Liberty Stadium, and finally we have a shot on target. More neat build-up play from Swansea ends with Nathan Dyer setting up Jonjo Shelvey to shoot from the edge of the penalty area. Jack Butland, deputising for Asmir Begovic in the Stoke goal today, holds comfortably.

  35. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Charlie Adam

    Swansea are temporarily down to 10 men while Marvin Emnes gets ready to replace Nelson Oliveira. With the home side in a little bit of confusion, Charlie Adam collects possession 25 yards out but rolls a harmless shot wide.

  36. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson slots a pass - which may actually have been a mis-hit shot - through to Jonjo Shelvey, whose first-time shot is well saved by Jack Butland. But as Shelvey is offside, it all counts for nought.

    Nelson Oliviera, meanwhile, is hobbling about after being caught on the ankle by Marc Wilson. The Portuguese striker is unable to continue, and Marvin Emnes is about to come on.

  37. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Another firm challenge by Mame Biram Diouf leaves Swansea captain Ashley Williams clutching the side of his head. Diouf is certainly putting himself about, but with no sign of a yellow card coming his way.

  38. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    It's not very exciting, this game. So I'm looking through the listings at my local cinema instead. I see that new adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd is on tonight. Mark Kermode was very positive about it on Radio 5 live yesterday. Worth a look, do you reckon?

  39. Get involved

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    Scott: Come on stoke! Let's get 8th and highest points total and a positive goal difference!

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  40. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Swansea are sticking to their passing game, with Nathan Dyer and Gylfi Sigurdsson involved in their best moves. This time Sigurdsson, from Dyer's square pass, almost threads the ball through to Nelson Oliveira, but it just has too much on it, and runs through to Jack Butland.

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    Martin Fisher

    Match of the Day commentator at the Liberty Stadium

    "Very little has happened so far. This match really does have an end-of-season feel to it."

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    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "With little to get excited about so far in this goalless match, Swansea fans at least have the distraction of booing Stoke's pantomime villain Charlie Adam.

    "The Scottish midfielder has some history with the Swans, scoring the controversial penalty earlier this season which Victor Moses won by 'cheating' according to Swansea manager Garry Monk.

    "Adam also converted a contentious spot-kick last season to earn Stoke a 3-3 at the Liberty Stadium.

    "He took less than a minute to irk Swansea's fans again today, appearing to tread on home goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski's foot long after he had cleared the ball. Adam's every touch since then has been jeered with gusto by the crowd."

  43. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke are not afraid to put themselves about here. The battle for eighth place is developing a physical edge.

    A painful moment by Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey as he gets clipped by Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf. Referee Craig Pawson has a word in Diouf's ear, but there's no card.

  44. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Jefferson Montero, who started the game on the left wing, has switched to the right. After more good interplay between Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nathan Dyer, the Ecuador international finds space for a cross that Erik Pieters skies straight up in the air and into Jack Butland's arms. Butland, so far, is having a comfortable afternoon. Stoke are solid in front of him.

  45. Post update

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    Martin Fisher

    Match of the Day commentator at the Liberty Stadium

    "Garry Monk made his senior debut for Southampton against Derby in 1998. In the same Saints team that day at Derby was the Stoke manager Mark Hughes."

    Now that's impressive research.

  46. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Lovely touch from the impressive Gylfi Sigurdsson finds Nathan Dyer, who feeds Jefferson Montero down the left. The winger's first touch is heavy, but he eventually digs out a cross that Nelson Oliviera volleys wide from a tight angle at the far post.

    "The best chance of the game so far," says Match of the Day commentator Martin Fisher - but it would have to be a pretty poor game for that one to make the highlights.

  47. Get involved

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Do feel free to chip in with your thoughts on this one, by the way. You can tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball, text 81111, or get in touch via the BBC Sport Facebook or Google+ pages.

    Very little has happened in the last five minutes - we all just got a little bit older.

  48. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    It looks as though Stoke have decided to close down Lukasz Fabianski as often as possible on back passes after Charlie Adam's late challenge in the opening minute. Now it's Mame Biram Diouf who closes down the Swansea keeper, who looks nervy and only just clears in time.

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    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin

    Final Score

    "Garry Monk has got everybody on his side and because he was in the dressing room not so long ago he knows how the players tick. They want to play for him. Swansea have done so well this season because they play so well as a team."

  50. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Early Swansea pressure. Sloppy Stoke defending gives Nathan Dyer the chance to cross towards Nelson Oliveira, but Ryan Shawcross gets in front of the striker to head behind for a corner, which the visitors deal with comfortably enough.

    Charlie Adam has just touched the ball for the first time since his late challenge on Lukasz Fabianzki, and the home fans respond with some throaty booing.

  51. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Charlie Adam is involved straight away as he stamps on the left boot of Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski while chasing down a back pass. Some unrepeatable chanting follows from the home fans, but there's no harm done.

  52. KICK-OFF

    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    Away we go...

  53. Post update

    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    The teams are with us. Stoke are wearing their natty light blue change strip, complete with navy sash. The home side are in their usual all-white kit.

    It's an overcast day in Swansea as we get ready to kick-off.

  54. Post update

    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam, who scored the late penalty that earned Stoke a point at the Liberty Stadium last season, was a doubt for today's game after breaking his nose in training on Thursday.

    Adam has scored in three of Stoke's last four games, though, and Mark Hughes is keen to get him out there.

  55. 'We've moved on'

    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Despite the controversy, Swansea manager Garry Monk says there is no ill feeling ahead of today's game.

    He says: "Whenever you lose against any team, it's important to win the next. We'd like to win the game, but we've moved on since the fixture earlier in the season.

    "It's important for us to finish strongly. It was one of our targets this season to finish in the top 10 and maybe control that eighth place."

  56. Post update

    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    Victor Moses

    "It may seem there is little at stake as eighth-placed Swansea host Stoke in ninth in an apparent dead rubber - but this has been a controversial fixture in the past.

    "Swansea manager Garry Monk accused Stoke winger Victor Moses of 'cheating' to win a penalty during the Potters' 2-1 win earlier this season, while Charlie Adam scored from another disputed spot-kick to earn Stoke a dramatic 3-3 draw at Liberty Stadium in the last campaign.

    "Moses has since returned to parent club Chelsea following a hamstring injury, but Adam is in the Stoke team today and there is a sense here that Swansea have a point to prove after October's fractious defeat at the Britannia Stadium."

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    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Peter Crouch

    And that's despite the fact that only Crystal Palace (462) have committed more fouls in the top flight this season than Mark Hughes' side (433).

  58. Post update

    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Stoke may be mid-table in the Premier League, but there's one way in which they have been unique this season, as the next stat will prove...

  59. 'Under the radar'

    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Martin Fisher

    Match of the Day commentator at the Liberty Stadium

    "Here we have two clubs who have largely gone under the radar this season.

    "That lack of attention and recognition comes with the territory. That territory is mid-table anonymity. And for those who love these clubs dearly, it is a price that's definitely worth paying.

    "Realistically neither are likely to be challenging for titles or places in Europe. Their aim back in August was to avoid being dragged into the relegation issue."

  60. Butland's big chance

    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Jack Butland

    An interesting selection from Stoke manager Mark Hughes, then, with keeper Jack Butland making his first league appearance for the club since January 2014.

    Butland - who has had loan spells in the Championship at Leeds and Derby since then, as well as playing in cup ties for Stoke - is selected ahead of Asmir Begovic.

    "We're mixing it up a bit," Hughes says of his team selection. "Jack Butland's coming in. We want to expose Jack to games of consequence, as that will help his development."


    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Swansea manager Garry Monk makes one change from the 3-2 win against Newcastle, with left-back Neil Taylor returning from a two-match suspension in place of Jordi Amat.

    Stoke make four changes from last weekend's 1-1 draw against Sunderland, with goalkeeper Jack Butland, right-back Phil Bardsley, centre-back Marc Wilson and midfielder Glenn Whelan replacing Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron, Philipp Wollscheid and Stephen Ireland.

    Swansea XI: Fabianski, Rangel, Williams, Fernandez, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Montero, Oliveira.

    Stoke XI: Butland, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Walters, Adam, Arnautovic, Diouf.

  62. 'Swansea have done amazingly well'

    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Bill Wyman

    While I'm on a pop music theme: BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson's opponent as he predicts this weekend's Premier League fixtures is former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

    "Swansea have done amazingly well since they came into the Premier League," says Wyman, a Crystal Palace fan. "But Stoke aren't a bad team either, so I'm going for a 1-1 draw." Lawro has gone for the same score.

  63. Post update

    Swansea v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Sir Geoff Hurst

    But Swansea are not the only side at the Liberty Stadium with a little bit of history on their minds. Last season, Mark Hughes led Stoke City to ninth place in the Premier League - their highest finish since 1975, when England's 1966 World Cup hero Geoff Hurst was providing the goals (and the Bay City Rollers were top of the charts, since you ask).

    Today, Stoke are ninth again, having been inspired lately by the brilliance of Charlie Adam - but a win today would lift them above Swansea and into eighth with three games left. Stoke's best finish since the 70s? It could happen.

    Charlie Adam
  64. Post update

    John Toshack

    May 1982. The UK top 10 singles chart includes Adam Ant, Hot Chocolate, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, and - perhaps most oddly of all - Scotland's World Cup squad. Under John Toshack, Swansea City had just finished sixth in the top flight; the highest final position in their history.

    May 2015. The UK top 10 singles chart includes Wiz Khalifa and Maroon 5, while Scotland haven't qualified for a World Cup for nearly two decades. But one thing is almost as it was 23 years ago - under Garry Monk, Swansea City are eighth in the Premier League and on course for their highest finish since Toshack's day.

    Garry Monk