On This Day | Carroll gives Swans hope
Swansea City revived their Premier League survival push with victory over Stoke at the Liberty on April 22, 2017.
Boss Paul Clement had insisted that only a victory would do as his side welcomed the mid-table Potters to SA1.
And his players responded as goals from Fernando Llorente and Tom Carroll ended a run of six games without a win – although there was plenty of tension along the way.
Despite their recent struggles, the Swans made a bright start and took the lead after just 10 minutes as Llorente met Gylfi Sigurdsson’s corner with a precise header.
Stoke were handed a golden chance to level in the 69th minute when Federico Fernandez was adjudged to have fouled Xherdan Shaqiri.
But Marko Arnautovic could only blast wildly over the bar from 12 yards out.
The hosts took full advantage of their good fortune exactly 60 seconds later, with Carroll’s long-range strike deflected in off former Swan, Joe Allen.
Twelve years later, Wayne Routledge was the hero as Ipswich Town were beaten at Portman Road.
Graham Potter’s side travelled to East Anglia off the back of seven consecutive defeats away from home.
However, that unwanted record was finally broken when Routledge was on hand to apply the finishing touch after Daniel James’ 57th-minute strike had come back off the post.