Report | Stoke City 3 Swansea City 0

8th February 2022
First team
Stoke City away Olivier Ntcham

Ten-man Swansea City fell to defeat at Stoke City as a trio of second-half goals saw the hosts claim all three points at the bet365 Stadium.

The Potters enjoyed the better of the first half without ever forcing Andy Fisher into a meaningful save.

But Jaden Philogene-Bidace opened the scoring before Lewis Baker doubled the advantage from the spot, as Ryan Bennett was dismissed after being deemed to have handled a goalbound shot.

Jacob Brown then compounded the Swans misery when he drove home from the right side of the area inside the final 12 minutes.

The visitors could have no complaints with the outcome, with their only clear opportunity coming via a blocked Jay Fulton shot and this was a disappointing showing on the back of that gutsy win over Blackburn at the weekend.

Head coach Russell Martin had made three changes from that game as Bennett came in for the suspended Ryan Manning, while Joel Piroe and Jamie Paterson dropped to the bench as Korey Smith and Fulton started.

The Swans had an early let-off when Nick Powell bungled an unmarked header from a wide free-kick and the visitors scrambled clear, and there was more alarm in the Swans area when Tyrese Campbell’s threatening cross pinballed around.

Ben Cabango then produced two outstanding challenges as Stoke probed down the Swansea left; the Wales international nicking the ball away from Campbell and then recovering to win the following 50-50 with Powell.

Flynn Downes then blocked away a volley from Philogene-Bidace with the hosts on top.

Andy Fisher mad his first save of the night as Philogene-Bidace burst between two players in the area, but the final effort was held by the keeper at his near post.

Josh Tymon then fizzed a well-struck volley just over the Swansea bar from distance, after Cyrus Christie had done well to cover in and clear a deep cross with attackers waiting.

Yet, having had to soak up so much pressure, it was the Swans who had the best chance of the game so far in the 32nd minute.

Stoke keeper Joe Bursik played a poor pass out that was picked off by Olivier Ntcham. The Frenchman had Fulton and Michael Obafemi in support and opted for the Scotsman, who saw his shot blocked.

It was a disappointing outcome given the visitors had briefly had a three on two deep in Stoke’s half, and the game was soon back in Swansea territory.

Bennett blocked away a Brown shot after he had evaded Smith, while Cabango tracked Campbell magnificently before denying him an effort on goal after the Swans had been robbed in the centre circle.

It helped ensure the visitors were level at the break and Martin opted to send on Piroe in place of Smith ahead of the second half.

But the Dutchman had barely been on the field a minute when the hosts opened the scoring.

A deflected cross found its way across the area, and Philogene-Bidace was on hand to scuff a low shot into the bottom corner.

It was a nightmare start to the half and it threatened to get worse when other deflected cross flew in the direction of Powell, but his volley was high and easily gathered by Fisher.

Paterson and Kyle Joseph were soon sent on in place of Ntcham and Christie but, again, more problems followed the change.

Again Swansea gave the ball away, Stoke countered positively and when Brown sent Fisher’s parry from Ben Wilmot’s shot back towards goal, Bennett was adjudged to have handled and sent off.

That left Baker to step up to the spot and find the bottom corner and double the home side’s lead.

It looked a long way back for the visitors and Powell nearly added to the home tally when he got away down the left, only for his low cross to find no Stoke shirts in support.

Piroe saw a shot from distance saved by Bursik inside the final 15 minutes after good work by fellow substitute Joseph.

But Brown put any thoughts of a comeback to bed as he drilled the ball home with an angled drive.

Stoke City: Joe Bursik; Ben Wilmot, Phil Jagielka, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Josh Tymon; Joe Allen (captain) (D’Margio Wright-Phillips 80), Nick Powell (Sam Clucas 75), Lewis Baker; Tyrese Campbell (Josh Maja 45), Jacob Brown, Jaden Philogene-Bidace.

Unused Substitutes: Jack Bonham, Tommy Smith, Liam Moore, Steven Fletcher.

Swansea City: Andy Fisher; Ryan Bennett, Flynn Downes, Ben Cabango; Cyrus Christie (Kyle Joseph 56), Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes (captain), Hannes Wolf; Korey Smith (Joel Piroe 46), Olivier Ntcham (Jamie Paterson 56); Michael Obafemi.

Unused Substitutes: Ben Hamer, Yan Dhanda, Joel Latibeaudiere, Finley Burns.

Attendance: 17,720 (346 away)