02/10/2011 14:00 v Stoke
Swansea continued their unbeaten home record in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Stoke City at the Liberty.
Brendan Rodgers was eyeing a positive response from his players following the 4-1 humbling by Chelsea eight days earlier, but they quickly settled into the rhythm against the Potters.
Their early pressure eventually paid dividends in only the eighth minute when Nathan Dyer was brought down by Ryan Shawcross in the penalty area.
Scott Sinclar stepped up to the spot and, for the second home match running, made no mistake in tucking the ball away from 12 yards out.
The Swans continued to press for the second goal in order to give them breathing space with Sinclair’s shot been blocked by Jonathan Woodgate, while Danny Graham was inches away from connecting with a Wayne Routledge cross.
Stoke responded as Jon Walters saw a dipping 25-yard volley brilliantly saved by Michel Vorm, and Glen Whelan hit the post with a precise free-kick that had the Swans keeper beaten.
Nevertheless, after absorbing the pressure, the hosts sealed the points with five minutes remaining as Graham finally netted his first Swansea goal by charging down Woodgate’s attempted clearance, before neatly lifting over Begovic.
Victory saw the Swans climb into the top half of the table as they became the first promoted club to keep a clean sheet in each of their first four home matches in the Premier League.
Swans: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Allen, Gower, Dyer, Sinclair, Routledge (Moore, 66), Graham (Lita, 90).
Subs not used: Tremmel, Bessone, Richards, Lucas, Dobbie.
Stoke: Begovic, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilkinson, Pennant (Shotton, 80), Whelan, Whitehead, Wilson (Huth, 33), Delap (Jerome, 54), Walters, Crouch.
Subs not used: Sorensen, Upson, Arismendi, Sidibe.