Stoke shrugged off their disappointment at being dumped out of the Europa League in mid-week with a comfortable 2-0 home success over Swansea, bringing to an end four consecutive league defeats. Swansea whilst impressing with their style of play on their travels have failed to translate that into points and so it was today.
Their neat passing game almost paid dividends in the opening minutes against the Potters but they failed to take advantage and found themselves two headed goals in arrears at the break.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis found himself under fire for making nine changes to the team that was defeated in Valencia but was validated in his choice with a bright and breezy performance from his rested players.
The opening goal owed much to the Swans marking at a corner as defender Matthew Upson was given a free header. The second was typical Stoke as a long throw from Ryan Shotton was met by Peter Crouch to convert with another header from close range.
The South Wales outfit struggled with the height of Crouch throughout and looked uncomfortable every time the ball was lofted forward.
Stoke continued to press after the break but despite creating chances failed to add to the scoreline, whilst the team from South Wales never managed to break down a solid Potters defence.
Referee: Howard Webb
Venue: Britannia Stadium Attendance: 26,678
Stoke scorers: Upson 24, Crouch 39 Swansea scorers:
TRIBAL ASKS: For all Swansea's attractive passing game without goals they could find themselves dragged into a relegation scrap.
Yellow cards: Shawcross (STO)