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Stoke City 2-0 Swansea City: Clucas and McClean helps Potters ease relegation fears

Stoke City's Joe Allen in action against Swansea City's Conor Gallagher
Stoke City's Joe Allen challenges Swansea City's Conor Gallagher
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Stoke City eased their relegation worries as Sam Clucas scored against his former club in the day's only game in the Championship.

James McClean added the hosts' second in added time as the visitors missed the chance to rise into the play-off zone against a team who began the day 14 places below them.

Stoke rose two places to stand seven points above the danger zone.

Swansea stay seventh, a point behind Preston North End, in sixth.

Stoke's second straight win, to follow Monday night's victory over Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion, was their seventh in 14 league games under manager Michael O'Neill.

Steve Cooper's Swansea are now winless in their last nine away Championship games.

Second-half strikes for Stoke

Swansea started brightly when Jack Butland saved Conor Gallagher's powerful ninth-minute shot but Freddie Woodman then underlined why Swans boss Cooper is keen to hold onto his keeper when he saved one-handed from Stoke's other Swansea old boy Joe Allen before denying Clucas with his legs.

McClean fired straight at Woodman then Wales striker Sam Vokes headed over from close range just after the restart, before McClean failed to get his head on a brilliant Clucas cross a minute later.

But Stoke's pressure finally paid off when Clucas drilled home from just outside the box after 55 minutes.

Swansea went closest to levelling when Matt Grimes' free-kick hit the bar, but McClean wrapped it up when he robbed Marc Guehi before putting the result beyond doubt when he smashed the ball through Woodman's legs.

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill:

"We have got momentum building. It has been a good start to the year from us and there are a lot of positives. But we have to keep working to improve our home form.

"The atmosphere in the stadium in the second half helped drive the team forward. That positivity makes playing a bit more enjoyable and helps the team. It is important we send the fans home happy.

"We didn't start well and there was as nervousness in our play in the first 15 minutes. It took us a while to work out how to make it more difficult for Swansea to build from the back.

"But, once we got over that period we created belief and opportunities and we were good. We had the best chances in the first half, we were worthy winners with our second-half display."

Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper:

"This was a missed opportunity. The game was there to win with the way we started. The crowd were against Stoke at the start and we should have capitalised on that.

"We never felt like we were under the cosh. It was never a 2-0 game and there wasn't an awful lot between the teams. But we did not manage certain situations well enough.

"If you are not going to win a game, you have to make sure you don't get beat. And we've let them in too easy for their first goal.

"For the second we're obviously chasing the game a little bit and that can happen when you're throwing bodies forward. But we didn't do enough in terms of creating."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 14Smith
  • 6Batth
  • 5Lindsay
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 4Allen
  • 22Clucas
  • 7InceSubstituted forCollinsat 87'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forDioufat 90+2'minutes
  • 11McClean
  • 9VokesSubstituted forGregoryat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Davies
  • 18Diouf
  • 19Gregory
  • 24Cousins
  • 28Ngoy
  • 34Thompson
  • 37Collins

Swansea

  • 27Woodman
  • 23RobertsSubstituted forRodonat 76'minutes
  • 44Cabango
  • 2Guehi
  • 24BidwellSubstituted forBastónat 83'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 28ByersSubstituted forDhandaat 77'minutes
  • 8Grimes
  • 22A Ayew
  • 33GallagherBooked at 25mins
  • 10Celina
  • 19Brewster

Substitutes

  • 4Rodon
  • 6Fulton
  • 9Bastón
  • 15Routledge
  • 20Wilmot
  • 21Dhanda
  • 25Mulder
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
22,593

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away11
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 2, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Swansea City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Nick Powell.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 2, Swansea City 0. James McClean (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Nathan Collins.

André Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Nathan Collins replaces Tom Ince.

Bersant Celina (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Stoke City).

Offside, Stoke City. Lee Gregory tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

Booking

Borja Bastón (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Borja Bastón (Swansea City).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

André Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Borja Bastón replaces Jake Bidwell.

Attempt missed. Joe Allen (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

André Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

Conor Gallagher (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Hand ball by Rhian Brewster (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Yan Dhanda replaces George Byers.

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Joe Rodon replaces Connor Roberts because of an injury.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Joe Allen.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

Attempt blocked. Rhian Brewster (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bersant Celina.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Lee Gregory replaces Sam Vokes because of an injury.

Offside, Stoke City. Sam Clucas tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Rhian Brewster (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James McClean with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Conor Gallagher.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Powell.

Attempt saved. Rhian Brewster (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 25th January 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom281411350311953
2Leeds28157643241952
3Fulham29147842301249
4Nottm Forest28139639281148
5Brentford28145944212347
6Preston2913794234846
7Swansea2912983433145
8Millwall28111163632444
9Bristol City2812884240244
10Sheff Wed28126103931842
11Blackburn28117104035540
12Hull28116114036439
13Cardiff2891273941-239
14QPR28115124651-538
15Reading28107113532337
16Derby2891092936-737
17Middlesbrough29811102936-735
18Birmingham2997133546-1134
19Stoke2994163642-631
20Charlton2979133741-430
21Huddersfield2878133144-1329
22Barnsley2959153554-1924
23Wigan2858152543-1823
24Luton2863193461-2721
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