- Stoke City’s third straight win
- Swansea City’s first home loss
- Bojan’s second league goal
Stoke City topped Swansea City, 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Monday, to win their third straight Premier League game. Bojan Krkic put Stoke on the board just four minutes into proceedings, and Mark Hughes‘ Potters held on for the following 86 minutes to move within a point of the league’s top half.
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Stoke took their early lead through Krkic, who both drew a penalty through an Ashley Williams‘ challenge and converted the ensuing spot kick. Bojan raced into the Swansea penalty area and sped by the lumbering Williams, who was then lured into a half-hearted challenge from behind and fell victim to an easy tumble from the Spanish midfielder.
Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland found himself in a world of trouble when he flubbed a simple pass out of the back with a pair of Swansea attackers nearby. Andrew Ayew gave chase, Butland slid in aggressively to win the ball from the Ghanaian attacker and arrived in the nick of time to avoid clattering into Ayew and being sent off for a reckless challenge.
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Jonjo Shelvey so nearly equalized for Swansea in the 58th minute (above video), but the England midfielder’s powerful strike from a tight angle down the right beat Butland, smashed off the inside of the far post, mere inches from crossing the goal line, and bound back into the field of play.
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With the victory, their third of the season, Stoke (12 points) catapult all the way up to 11th in the league table, a point ahead of Chelsea and a point behind a three-way tie (Southampton, Everton and Liverpool) for eighth. Swansea (10), meanwhile, remain in 13th following their third defeat of the still-young season.