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Stoke & Swansea play out six goal thriller

Hughes' side were handed a lifeline after a last minute penalty (©GettyImages)
Hughes' side were handed a lifeline after a last minute penalty (©GettyImages).

A game in which both teams were desperate for points, Swansea had the midweek trip to Russia to dampen their spirits ahead of their clash with a Stoke City side who have seen better form away from home this season.

Jon Walters was starting his 100th game for Stoke and he made the most of this with just eight minutes on the clock when he received the ball down the left and unleashed a shot past Gerhard Tremmel which left the goalkeeper sprawling.

Roland Lamah tried a shot at Asmir Begovic but last week’s goal scorer made easy work of it before Jonathon De Guzman was let loose in the area but again the Bosnian had it covered.

Stoke then took advantage of their spate of possession when Stephen Ireland doubled their lead in the 25th minute.

Both Wilfred Bony and Wayne Routledge unleashed shots at Begovic intent on bring The Swans back into the game before the interval but neither could stop going into the break with the lead.

Matthew Etherington came on for Wilson Palacios in the first change for Stoke as they tried to maintain the upper hand and take home the three points.

Swansea put themselves back in the game a few minutes after half-time when Bony was found unmarked in the six-yard box and made space for the free header which left Begovic with no chance.

The hosts had a spate of possession after their opening goal which saw Nathan Dyer and Routledge all try to breach Stokes defence but The Potters held firm.

Nathan Dyer put Swansea back into the game after Robert Huth failed to clear with his header, Dyer found the net after getting on the end of his clearance.

Tempers flared towards the end of the game and Angel Rangel threw a punch at Peter Crouch the referee saw and gave him yellow.

Bony popped up again with just five minutes to go to give Swansea all three points when he combined with Jonjo Shelvey, Bony side footed his effort past a helpless Begovic.

Stoke were handed a lifeline in the closing stages when the referee thought he saw Chico Flores hand ball in the area, Charlie Adam stepped up and gave the Potters a point to take back from South Wales.

Both teams played an entertaining game and whilst they perhaps won’t be happy with a point, it is what both teams deserved.

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