Stoke lose 8th place battle to Swansea
2nd May 2015 3pm
Stoke city were undone in South Wales by Swansea in a match, which not for the first time this season involving stoke, was poor, with chances few and far between.
Both defences were very much on top in the first half of this match with each side only having one decent opportunity in the half. Both chances came in the final 5 minutes of the half. Swansea defender Neil Taylor found the feet of Nathan Dyer, who laid it off to Jonjo Shelvey who hit it straight at the Potters keeper Jack Butland, who was deputising in the place of Asmir Begovic.
On the stroke of half time it was Stoke's turn, Steven N'zonzi with a wonderful effort after a great piece of skill turning Sigurdsson, and hitting a curling effort towards the top corner ala his Southampton effort that lead to Mame Diouf's goal but Swans keeper Fabianski made a good save to ensure the half time score was 0-0.
The second half in the end belonged to Swansea after making the break through on 75 minutes when Jonjo Shelvey, who was the architect for anything good for Swansea, ran down the right, easily cuts inside Pieters and crossed with his left foot to find the head of Jefferson Monterro to put Swansea one up.
Stoke brought on the big guns; the two Peter's to try and push for a leveller as Crouch and Odemwingie entered the fray.
Crouch had an opportunity to score but he could only hit the keeper after some nice juggling on the edge of the area.
The Potters chances of grabbing a draw evaporated as they picked up their first red card of the Premier League season as Marc Wilson picked up a second booking.
In stoppage time it was game over as Shelvey was once again involved as he found Ki and he has an easy finish to make it to.who sneaked past the sleeping Bardsley to nod home from 6 yards.
The talking point from this game was Jack Butland replacing Asmir Begovic in goals for stoke with Begovic not even makin the squad, and talks of Butland playing the remaining 3 matches also.
Is this a sign that rumours are true? Begovic to leave? watch this space.
So in the battle for 8th place Swansea lead the way but who will finish in the top 10?
It seems there are 4 teams battling between 8th and 11th.
Who will finish highest Swansea, West ham, Everton or Stoke?
Each teams remaining fixtures are as follows:
Stoke (10th/47pts) - Tottenham (H), Burnley (A) Liverpool (H)
Swansea (8th/53pts) - Arsenal (A) Man City (H) Crystal Palace (A)
West Ham (9th/47pts) - Aston Villa (A) Everton (H) Newcastle (A)
Everton (11th/44pts) - Sunderland (H) West Ham (A) Tottenham (H)