Swansea City return to winning ways with 3-1 victory over Stoke
SWANSEA City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Stoke at the Liberty Stadium.
After a drab first 45 minutes in which the Potters tried to contain their hosts, the game burst into life in the second half.
That period was just four minutes old when local boy Ben Davies wriggled free of Ryan Shawcross and Jonathan Walters and found the bottom corner to score his first Swansea goal.
Ten minutes later Michael Laudrup’s side doubled their lead courtesy of a superb Jonathan de Guzman free-kick.
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He curled a stunning effort over the wall and past Asmir Begovic after Michu had been fouled by Charlie Adam.
Stoke then missed a glorious chance to get themselves back into the game as Cameron Jerome poked over from point-blank range following a Matthew Etherington cross which Garry Monk diverted into the substitute’s path.
Swansea made the game safe in the 80th minute when a flowing move involving Wayne Routledge and Danny Graham sent de Guzman racing in on goal.
The midfielder looked to have delayed and missed the opportunity, but kept his composure to find the bottom corner.
There was still time for Michael Owen to net his first Stoke goal at the death, glancing past Michel Vorm, though that was only ever going to be a consolation.
The first half was a forgettable affair in which Michu had the best of the few chances created.
He headed Angel Rangel’s centre wide after the full-back robbed Etherington.