​On paper, this one looked like it would be a pretty drab affair; in reality, it was anything but.


The first half was pretty much end to end, but there's no doubt Stoke fashioned far more clear cut chances - indeed, they took the first one that fell to them, through former Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

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Bony followed protocol and refused to celebrate, but inside, he'd have been delighted. After such a torrid time at Manchester City - the club he initially went to after making his name at South West Wales - it was the perfect start for both him and Stoke, regardless of the fact he couldn't show it.


Despite the early goal, Stoke didn't sit back and they looked dangerous each time they went forward. 


Still, they didn't have it all their own way; though they didn't see too much of the ball, Swansea were a constant threat on the counter-attack.

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The Potters would have to be careful, and boy did they learn that in the most obvious way imaginable come the eighth minute of this encounter - levelling through a Wayne Routledge header, the Swans were right back in it, their new manager Bob Bradley no doubt releasing a huge sigh of relief.


Unfortunately for him, that sigh would ultimately turn into a groan, albeit not until the second half. 


Despite Stoke hitting the post three times in the first period (twice through Charlie Adam, once through Marko Arnautovic, who, after rounding Swansea 'keeper Fabianski really should have scored), the two clubs went in level at half-time.

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Proceedings followed the same pattern after the restart; Stoke had more of the ball, but the Swans were carrying an obvious threat on the counter. 


Everything changed once Swansea defender Alfie Mawson (playing only his second game for the club) put the ball into his own net. The grave misdemeanour followed a marauding run from Stoke's teenage substitute Ramadan Sobhi - he tried to claim the goal, but it will surely go down as Mawson's.

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That was in the fifty-fifth minute. From that point on, Swansea didn't quite have the same belief they exhibited earlier, and any flickering flames of hope that they could get something out of this game where duly extinguished once Bony grabbed his second, Stoke's third. 


A close range header, Bony's strike followed a great improvised pass from Joe Allen, who also assisted the Ivory Coast international's first. The Ex-Liverpool man is in the form of his life.

Of course, like Bony, Allen was also playing against one of his former clubs; he really was a menace throughout.


After that goal - which came in the seventy-third minute - everyone in the stadium knew this one was over. Swansea had a penalty shout turned down a bit later on, but it was ultimately deemed to have been outside the box.


Aside from that, they posed little threat, and Stoke eventually ran out fairly convincing winners, and all this after losing star man Xherdan Shaquiri early in the first half. 

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Stoke's win sees them move up five places to twelfth in the table, level with Leicester City; they both have 12 points, but last season's champions remain ahead on goal difference.


As for Swansea, they remain rooted near the absolute bottom of the table, with only hapless Sunderland beneath them. With only three points separating them - Swansea have five, Sunderland, two - the Swans' American coach Bob Bradley knows fully well he has a big fight on his hands to keep the club in the Premier League.