10/11/2013 16:10 v Stoke City

21st June 2017

The Swans fought back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 only to be pegged back by a controversial penalty decision which sub Charlie Adam slotted home in added on time to earn Stoke a share of the spoils.

In a thrilling six-goal encounter, the Potters took an eighth-minute lead through Jonathan Walters before Stephen Ireland doubled their lead before the half-hour.

That left the Swans a mountain to climb after the break, but Wilfried Bony pulled one back with a powerful header before the hour to give the Swans hope.

Sub Nathan Dyer then fired the Swans level with quarter of an hour left to set up a grandstand finish.

And when Bony slotted home from six yards to edge the Swans ahead in the 86th minute, it looked like the hosts had completed the most dramatic of comebacks.

But the drama didn't end there. With five minutes of added on time to come, referee Robert Madley awarded Stoke a controversial penalty after he adjudged Wayne Routledge to have handled Robert Huth's header.

Up stepped sub Adam, and the Scottish midfielder sent Gerhard Tremmel the wrong way to pinch a point for the Potters as the Swans were pegged back in the last minute for the second time in a week following on from the Europa League draw with Kuban Krasnodar.

This point moved the Swans up to 13th place and onto 12 points from 11 games.

The Swans had got off to a disastrous start as Stoke took the lead after just eight minutes.

With skipper Ashley Williams off the pitch having treatment for an ankle injury, the visitors took full advantage as a clearance up the pitch was nodded on by Peter Crouch for Walters, who fended off Ben Davies and Chico Flores before firing past Tremmel.

The Swans went in immediate search of an equaliser and they created a good chance through Angel Rangel, whose cross met the head of Roland Lamah, but he could only direct it straight at Asmir Begovic.

While Stoke sat back on their lead, the Swans were strongly pushing for a goal, and Bony wasted a half-chance following Routledge's cross as he could only half-volley wide.

But Stoke struck ruthlessly on a counter attack to double their lead on 25 minutes.

Walters squared to Crouch, and the England striker's first-time pass sent Ireland in on goal, and he calmly slotted past Tremmel.

The Liberty was stunned, but the Swans kept plugging away. And they had a golden chance to pull one back as Erik Pieters' pass back dropped to Bony, but when he raced in on goal and attempted to round Begovic, the keeper got a hand on the ball to deny the striker.

Bony was at it again shortly after as he headed wide from a cross and then Chico glanced a Jonathan de Guzman corner off target before the break.

The Swans needed a quick reaction in the second half, and they pulled a goal back in the 57th minute just shortly after introducing Dyer for Lamah.

A curling de Guzman cross met the head of Bony, and the club-record signing powerfully headed past Begovic from six yards out. The Swans continued to push for an equaliser and were camped in the Stoke half.

Laudrup made another change as Jonjo Shelvey came on in place of de Guzman while Stoke made a double change of their own as Marc Wilson and Adam were introduced.

But it was the Swans who got the reaction they were looking for in the 74th minute as a Routledge cross was nodded out by Huth to Dyer, and the substitute's half-volley spun into the net.

It was thrilling as it was tense, and it set up a grandstand finish.

The Jack Army were pushing their team on for a winner.

And the Liberty erupted in the 86th minute as sub Shelvey twisted and turned his marker inside the box before crossing low to Bony, who directed his effort low past Begovic.

Laudrup made his final change in added on time as Jose Canas came on in place of Pozuelo as the Swans looked to hold onto their lead.

And the drama continued, unfortunately for the Swans, as a re-taken corner found Huth, and his header was deemed to have hit the hand of Routledge.

Substitute Charlie Adam stepped up and slotted past Tremmel to earn the visitors a share of the spoils in the most dramatic of encounters.


SWANS: Gerhard Tremmel, Angel Rangel, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams (capt), Ben Davies, Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman (Jonjo Shelvey, 71), Alejandro Pozuelo (Jose Canas, 90), Wayne Routledge, Roland Lamah (Nathan Dyer, 55), Wilfried Bony.
SUBS: Gregor Zabret, Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor, Alvaro Vazquez.

STOKE: Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (capt), Robert Huth, Erik Pieters, Jonathan Walters, Steven Nzonzi, Stephen Ireland (Marc Wilson, 71), Wilson Palacios (Charlie Adam, 71), Marko Arnautovic (Matthew Etherington, 55), Peter Crouch.
SUBS:Thomas Sorensen, Glenn Whelan, Kenwyne Jones, Oussama Assaidi.