Bojan penalty gives Stoke win in Swansea
19th October 2015 8pm
Bojan Krkic`s early penalty gave Stoke their fourth consecutive victory in all competitions and their first Premier League victory at the Liberty Stadium.
Bojan won and scored a fourth minute penalty after a mazy, tricky run that lead to a collision with Ashley Williams.
The Potters defended admirably for the rest of the game with little scares to give Mark Hughes` men their third straight 1-0 away victory in all competitions.
The Potters could have extended their leads through Charlie Adam, Glenn Johnson, Joselu and Marko Arnautovic in a scrappy encounter.
On another evening Swansea could have drew level through Jonjo Shelvey or Gylfi Sigurdsson but the Welsh outfit lacked any real cutting edge.
The Potters were forced into two changes as Mame Biram Diouf and Jonathan Walters missed out as Xherdan Shaqiri and Joselu, making his full debut for the Potters, came into the starting eleven.
The Potters flew out of the blocks and were in front in the first five minutes after Bojan capitalised on a poor defensive mistake on the halfway line, before surging forward with a mazy run, jigging one way then another before he found himself in the penalty. The attacking midfielder was about to pull the trigger when Ashley Williams clumsily bundled over the former Barcelona striker.
Robert Madley, the man in the middle, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Madley previously rewarded a controversial penalty for the Potters two seasons ago at the Liberty Stadium, but this decision was more straightforward this time.
Bojan dusted himself off and converted the spot kick by taking Fabianski the wrong way, for his second goal of the season.
Stoke continued to boss the first half, being creative yet battling hard in the midfield, with the Potters central pair, Whelan and Adam particularly impressing as they constantly broke down any Swansea advances.
Scot Adam could have doubled the Potters lead after some good wing play from Stoke, but he could only blaze over on his weaker foot.
Mark Hughes` men were fortunate though when England international goalkeeper Jack Butland managed to kick the ball with both feet and nearly gifted possession to Andre Ayew. The young stopper surged from his area and flung himself at the ball, winning it cleanly, but with his studs showing and his uncontrollable leap, it could have been a different story with another referee on the field.
It could have been worse if a Swansea player was sharper to the ball and converted the ball into an empty net.
After the scare, the Potters continued to push forward and Joselu had two chances when Ashley Williams twice misjudged the ball, but the summer recruit from Hannover failed to control a far post cross from Erik Pieters and then his acrobatic overhead kick from the edge of the area went wide.
Glenn Johnson, who has hit a rich reign of form since joining the Potters in the summer, was nearly an unlikely goal scorer after linking up well with Shaqiri, but he could only drag his shot wide.
After the break, the Swans dictated tempo more, and enjoyed more possession of the ball but with no real penetration.
Gomis had a number of sights at goal, but hit horribly over a number of times.
Swansea only real threat Jonjo Shelvey did nearly level the scores, after he muscled the otherwise impressive Wollscheid off the ball, he surged into the penalty and fired under Jack Butland, only for the ball to smash back off the post and away to safety.
The Potters still looked a threat on the counter attack, with Joselu impressing on debut with his target man holding up skills and neat flicks bringing Stoke`s impressive array of attacking midfield talent into the game.
Marko Arnautovic, who is currently enjoying a goal run, had the ball in the net for the Potters again, but the Austrian strayed offside.
Swansea made a double sub as they brought on Icelander Sigurdsson and Ki as they tried to get back in the fixture. Sigurdsson almost had an instant impact, but his turn and shot had Jack Butland scrabbling but it went narrowly wide.
Arnautovic had another chance to double the Potters lead after he made a superb run and was found expertly by Shaqiri, but he could only lift the ball over the keeper and wide.
The Potters managed to hold onto the victory with some dogged defending and now move up to 11th in the table, and give Mark Hughes his best start in a league campaign at the Britannia Stadium.