- 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.