Peter Crouch scored twice as Stoke City registered their first Barclays Prmier League win of the season by beating Swansea City at the Britannia Stadium.
The striker scored both goals in the first half, heading in Glenn Whelan's corner in the 12th minute and then reacting quickest when his shot was saved to convert the rebound, taking his tally for the campaign to five goals in all competitions.
Stoke began the contest brightly and grabbed an early lead after Michel Vorm's save from Jon Walters led to a corner. Crouch was left unmarked when it was swung in by Whelan, allowing the striker to crash in a header.
Swansea were almost in trouble at the back again moments later as Vorm was charged down by Crouch, but they survived that before seeing Charlie Adam rifle an attempt over the bar.
The visitors looked to apply some pressure and after Michu had struck a weak effort at Asmir Begovic, a lapse at the back by the Potters saw them pass the ball straight to Danny Graham, whose shot on the turn was saved.
At the other end Vorm showed his strength by coming out to beat Adam to the ball and punch it away, a collision which left the Stoke man temporarily down hurt. After getting back to his feet Adam sent a curler into Vorm's arms and Michu then bent an effort just the wrong side of Begovic's left post.
The hosts regained their momentum and in the 36th minute they doubled their advantage as Crouch struck once more. He was able to bring the ball down from a floated cross into the area and then tuck it away on the follow-up after Vorm had parried his initial shot.
The away side came out after the restart looking full of purpose and Begovic was called upon to tip a Ki Sung-yueng effort over the bar. Swansea continued to attack and Graham might have done better with an effort he scooped over the goal.
Stoke hit back and Michael Kightly was just unable to convert from close range as he strived to meet Adam's cross. Crouch looked intent on securing his hat-trick, but headed one effort on to the bar and then missed with an attempted overhead kick before being substituted.
Kightly and Walters also tried their luck towards the end to no avail, but the Potters had done enough.
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