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Live Reporting

By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Stoke 2-2 Swansea

    There's a brief report already up on the website. Here it is. I'm off to flesh it out a bit. Thanks for your company - see you soon.


    Stoke 2-2 Swansea

    That is indeed that.

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    Stoke 2-2 Swansea

    Joselu sees the opportunity of a dramatic winner as we enter the fag end of the three minutes of added time. The Stoke striker pounces on Jack Cork's weak clearance, but the shot from outside the area is gathered easily by keeper Lukasz Fabianski. That might just be that.

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    Stoke 2-2 Swansea

    Jefferson Montero is chasing a winner as we head into stoppage time. He races at goal from the left, there are men in the centre... and he dribbles a shot harmlessly wide of the near post. I can feel the thousand-yard stares of his team-mates from here.

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    Stoke 2-2 Swansea

    The Stoke fans are stunned by what they have seen over the last quarter-of-an-hour. Marko Arnautovic tries to rescue things with a free-kick, but the ball brushes the outside of the netting. It's been a very odd game, this. Very entertaining, but thoroughly odd.

  6. GOAL - Stoke 2-2 Swansea (Alberto Paloschi)

    And how the substitutions have worked for Francesco Guidolin. It is not Montero who gets the equaliser, though, but Alberto Paloschi, the other sub. He gathers the ball just outside the penalty area, and beats Jakob Haugaard at the near post with the help of a deflection. Who's your money on now?

    Alberto Paloschi of Swansea
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    Stoke 2-1 Swansea

    Jefferson Montero has made a huge difference since coming on. Stoke look terrified every time the winger collects the ball on the left. He drifts the ball just too far for Alberto Paloschi to reach on this occasion, but there may well be more chances.

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes, looking to give his side a more solid look, take off the artful Bojan Krkic and send on Mame Biram Diouf.


    Stoke 2-1 Swansea

    Another change by Francesco Guidolin: a straight swap this time. Bafetimbi Gomis is off and fellow striker Alberto Paloschi is on. If Swansea save this, Guidolin will deserve credit for the changes he has made in the second half.

  9. GOAL - Stoke 2-1 Swansea (Gylfi Sigurdsson)

    He's a classy player is Gylfi Sigurdsson, and he has given Stoke a few jitters. Wayne Routledge gets away down the right, and his low ball across finds the Iceland international on the edge of the penalty area. The shot on the turn completely bamboozles Jakob Haugaard. There may or may not have been a slight deflection, but not enough to confuse the goalkeeper that much. Haugaard is left flat-footed, and a little embarrassed.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea
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    Stoke 2-0 Swansea

    We could have had a third Stoke goal. Marko Arnautovic gets down the left and crosses low for Joselu - who is not quite sharp enough to anticipate it, and just cannot get there.


    Stoke 2-0 Swansea

    Francesco Guidolin has to do something to try to salvage a match that is getting away at great speed. The Swansea coach's response is to replace holding midfielder Leon Britton with winger Jefferson Montero. The Ecuador international has happy memories of facing Stoke - he scored his first Swansea goal against them last May. Can he make a difference now?

  12. 'Mark Hughes is pulling up trees'

    Stoke 2-0 Swansea

    Dion Dublin

    Former Leicester and Aston Villa forward on Final Score

    Mark Hughes, Stoke manager

    "If Stoke keep things very, very quiet and don't let anybody know what they are doing and what they are achieving then they have a great chance of getting into Europe. 

    "Mark Hughes is pulling up trees and doing great with that squad."

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    Stoke 2-0 Swansea

    And now Stoke are showing off a little. Marko Arnautovic cuts in from the left, and sets up Giannelli Imbula on the edge of the penalty area. A low shot is steered goalwards. Lukasz Fabianski gathers comfortably, but the Stoke fans applaud warmly. 

  14. GOAL - Stoke 2-0 Swansea (Bojan Krkic)

    Bojan Krkic gathers the ball 40 yards from goal, and fancies a run. And so off he goes, with Swansea unable to prevent his progress. When he reaches the edge of the penalty area, he strokes a left-foot shot towards the far corner. Keeper Lukasz Fabianski should save it, really - he gets a strong hand to the ball. But it will look nice on Match of the Day tonight.

    Bojan Krkic of Stoke
    Bojan Krkic of Stoke
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    Stoke 1-0 Swansea

    Meanwhile, Bafetimbi Gomis is offside. Which would have been a great title for a Samuel Beckett play, I feel.

    Bafetimbi Gomis of Swansea
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    Stoke 1-0 Swansea

    It's as you were at the start of the second half, with no changes by either side. There's an early contretemps as Stoke centre-back Philipp Wollscheid, up for a corner, accidentally boots Swansea defender Federico Fernandez in the face. Fernandez has the anguished face of a man who might write a strongly-worded letter to the local paper about the matter. I don't think he will, though.

  17. KICK-OFF

    Stoke 1-0 Swansea

    As the second half gets under way, some people are questioning whether we really did just get Little Mix to go through the half-time stats. All I'd say is: Look at the picture. It's them.

  18. Half-time stats with Little Mix

    Stoke 1-0 Swansea

    Little Mix

    As Little Mix blare out over Stoke's public address system, let's get them to go through the half-time stats with us.

    "Well, Mike, both teams have had six shots on goal (two on target for Stoke, one for Swansea), and the possession has been pretty even - 50.6% for the home side, 49.4% for the visitors. There's a big difference in the foul count, though - Swansea have conceded nine, Stoke three. And while Mark Hughes' side have won 27 duels, Francesco Guidolin's team have come out on top in just 15."

    Little Mix with the half-time stats, there, with a little help from Opta. Thanks, Little Mix!


    Stoke 1-0 Swansea

    Stoke are very good value for their half-time lead.

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    Stoke 1-0 Swansea

    Jakob Haugaard has not had much to do in Stoke's goal so far, and has not looked entirely convincing when he has been called into action. But the Premier League debutant makes a decent stop here, diving to hold Jack Cork's shot from the edge of the penalty area following Bafetimbi Gomis' tee-up.

    Jakob Haugaard of Stoke