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Stoke City 3-1 Swansea City: Bony, Allen punish former employer

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  • Bony scores twice vs former team
  • Adam hits two first half posts
  • Routledge scores

Wilfried Bony bagged a brace against his old squad as Stoke City handed Swansea City another loss, this one a 3-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Monday.

Ramadan Sobhi forced Swansea into an own goal for Stoke’s other goal, while Wayne Routledge netted for Swans.

Swansea remains 19th with 5 points, and have gained one point in three matches under new coach Bob Bradley.

Stoke moves up to 12th, with 12 points.

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Bony scored after just three minutes, darting onto a mishit Joe Allen shot and blasting it into the roof of the net from inside the six. 1-0.

The visitors drew level when Gylfi Sigurdsson chipped a ball toward Routledge, who would’ve earned a penalty had he not headed home; Phil Bardsley was hugging him like a cheap suit.

Marko Arnautovic had a shot deflect wide of the goal soon after, and Charlie Adam hammered a shot off the right post in the 23rd minute.

Then Arnautovic rounded Lukasz Fabianski before passing the ball off the left post. Swans would soon run out of fingers to count their blessings.

That’s not to say the Welsh side had no chances, as Routledge forced Lee Grant into a tremendous save in the 43rd minute. The corner was wasted, though, and we went to halftime level at 1.

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Stoke went ahead through Sobhi, the exciting Egyptian winger who worked the left side of the box before drawing a shot across goal that Swans’ center back Alfie Mawson pushed over his own line. It seems destined to be an own goal.

Arnautovic slipped Joe Allen through on Fabianski in the 73rd minute, and Allen pushed his own rebound to Bony for a headed finish.

Swansea should’ve had a penalty kick when Routledge was slammed down by Erik Pieters inside the 18. No luck for Bradley and Swans on a rough night in Stoke.

VIDEO: Garry Monk’s tactical changes led to win over Manchester United

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Manchester United was the better team in the first half against Swansea City, and took the lead right after the break when Juan Mata fired past Lukasz Fabianski in the 48th minute.

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Then, Swans’ boss Garry Monk made some tactical changes to his side, switching from a 4-2-3-1 formation to more of a 4-4-2. Ki Sung-yueng came into the center of the midfield replacing Wayne Routledge on the wing, which allowed Andre Ayew to move higher up the pitch with Bafetimbi Gomis. Swansea would then score two goals in five minutes, the first from Ayew and the second from Gomis.

Speaking after the big win, Monk said he recognized the issues in the first half and made the formation change, which United had trouble coping with.

I just felt that they were causing us problems, especially centrally with their midfielders.

So I thought with my three [midfielders], that we needed to maybe add another player. So I changed it with the four midfielders inside and we were restricting them. I don’t think they got control, and they had to really adapt to our tactical change.”

Later in the match when Manchester United put on Marouane Fellaini as a target man and started playing more direct, Monk brought on the big Kyle Bartley to help add more size and presence in the air to his defense.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admitted that his side did not adjust to Swansea’s change, as Garry Monk has now won all three matches against LVG in the Premier League, twice coming from behind to do so.

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Last season was Garry Monk’s first full campaign in charge of Swansea City, and he led the Swans to a record points tally and their highest ever finish in the Premier League. Just 36-years-old, Monk received great praise for his side’s play and even received some calls as the possible manager of the year.

Today, he showed that wasn’t just beginner’s luck. Tabbed as one of the brightest young minds in the game, maybe Monk’s age shouldn’t be part of the equation. He’s just a really good manager.

Chelsea 2-2 Swansea City: Courtois sent off as Blues lose lead twice at home

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Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew scored as Swansea City twice came back from a goal down in earning a draw against 10-man Chelsea on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Oscar scored for Chelsea, which also got a Federico Fernandez own goal off a Willian cross. The real story for Chelsea is the impending suspension of Thibaut Courtois, who took down Bafetimbi Gomis in the second half to receive a red card.

The Blues play Manchester City next week in a critical encounter.

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Jonjo Shelvey looked especially electric early for Swansea, playing some pinpoint crosses and exhibiting some well-chosen dribbles in the first quarter hour.

Shelvey played in Bafetimbi Gomis for a 15th minute chance that should’ve been a goal, but Gomis took an extra touch that allowed Thibaut Courtois to get a piece of his offering.

Diego Costa had himself a penalty claim denied after being chopped down in the box moments later. Perhaps it was reputation, but a kick was not awarded. Replays seemed to show Fernandez got a piece of the ball with his sliding tackle.

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Chelsea struck first from an odd, untouched free kick. Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski was prepared for Gary Cahill to touch Oscar’s free kick, but no deflection came and the ball bounced into the goal. 1-0 to the reigning champs, 24′.

Swans equalized through new signing Andre Ayew, and it took great effort. Courtois stopped Gomis’ header, then Cahill blocked Ayew on the rebound before the former Marseille man swept an equalizer home in the 29th minute.

Less than a minute later, Willian got the ball in space on the left and dribbled toward the 18 before launching a cross that took a turn off his marker, Federico Fernandez, and looped over a helpless Fabianski.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson stung a free kick off the wall early in the second half, setting up a corner kick that found Gomis but not the scoreboard. Swans earned another corner moments later. Fernandez headed over the goal.

Then Gomis made a perfect run to get 1 on 1 with Courtois. The forward touched around Courtois, whose foot came down on Gomis’ knee. Gomis hit the deck and a PK was given, along with a red card.

Asmir Begovic came on for Oscar to face the penalty, and Gomis converted the chance.

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Swans would have their chances.

Gomis tapped in a goal in the 68th minute, but was offside by a step.

Begovic made a diving save on Wayne Routledge in the 73rd minute.

The counter became the ally of both sides, and Chelsea had a few promising looks at earning a winner despite their man disadvantage. No goal would come for either club.

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Swansea City 2-0 Queens Park Rangers: Monk’s Swans soar as Redknapp’s R’s fall yet again

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Swansea City has climbed back to sixth in the Premier League after two late goals prodded Garry Monk’s side past Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers 2-0 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers remains in the drop zone with just 11 points and a minus-13 goal differential. How much longer will R’s chairman Tony Fernandes stick with Redknapp?

Ki Sung-yueng and Wayne Routledge scored for Swansea.

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If QPR manages to stay up this season, point to Rob Green’s form over the past few weeks as a critical element.

The biggest example of this on Tuesday came on a Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick that came as close as physically possible to crossing the line before Green pushed it away. The goal decision system stood firm with Green’s hands.

Swansea was on the front foot for most of the first half, taking 10 shots to QPR’s three.

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And that carried well into the second half, with Swans finally finding their breakthrough on a Ki shot on the left of the box. It sailed past Green to the short side to make it 1-0 in the 77th minute.

Nathan Dyer then found Routledge for the proverbial nail in the R’s coffin, as the former Newcastle man hit a low, hard left-footer past Green in the 83rd minute.

Lineups

Swansea City: Fabianski, Richards, Bartley, Williams, Taylor, Britton (Shelvey, 79′), Ki, Routledge, Sigurdsson (Carroll, 87′), Montero (Dyer, 70′), Bony

Goal: Ki (77′), Routledge (83′)

Queens Park Rangers: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Suk-Young; Vargas, Henry, Barton (Hoilett, 80′), Fer; Kranjcar, Austin

Premier League Team of the Week: Find out who starred on Matchday 3

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It was a week for captains and mostly underdogs in the Premier League’s team of the week, as QPR, Burnley and Swansea players dotted the XI.

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If you’ve bought into the notion that Swans are now a power, and they look great, perhaps you’ll disagree with the assessment. Nathan Dyer makes a second appearance in the XI, and is joined by Swansea teammate Wayne Routledge.

Newcastle teen sensation Rolando Aarons hit the scene with a scintillating sub performance against Crystal Palace, while the defense carries two big leaders: Burnley captain Jason Shackell and Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross.

Alberto Moreno and Diego Costa make sure traditional powers Liverpool and Chelsea get a representative in the team as well.

Matchday 3 – Premier League Team of the Week (Formation: 3-4-3)

GK: Rob Green

Defenders: Jason Shackell, Ryan Shawcross, Alberto Moreno

Midfielders: Nathan Dyer, Morgan Schneiderlin, Rolando Aarons, Wayne Routledge

Forwards: Jason Puncheon, Charlie Austin, Diego Costa