- Stoke vs Swansea

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Wednesday 12 February 2014 | Britannia Stadium | Referee: Jonathan Moss | Attendance 24,822

Stoke
  • Peter Crouch (17)
Stoke
1 - 1
Swansea
  • Chico (52)
Swansea

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Chico Flores goal earned Swansea City a 1-1 draw at Stoke City on Wednesday. The defender scored a second half header to cancel out Peter Crouch's early opener.

The result sees the away side move into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table, leapfrogging Aston Villa and West Ham on goal difference, while Stoke sit three points above the relegation zone.

Mark Hughes made two changes to the side that drew at Southampton on Saturday, while Pablo Hernandez was rewarded for his performance from the bench in Swansea's 3-0 victory over Cardiff City with a place in the starting line-up.

That derby triumph was Garry Monk's first game at the helm and his side began brightly in a delayed kick-off at a windy Britannia Stadium.

Nathan Dyer's teasing cross from the right gave the home side an early scare, looping over Asmir Begovic and on to the roof of the net.

But it was Stoke, enjoying a run of just one defeat from their previous nine home Barclays Premier League games, who took the lead with 17 minutes gone.

Peter Odemwingie was played in by Crouch, only for the striker's effort to crash off the post and into the path of the former England forward, who rifled a deflected shot through a crowded six-yard box and into the net.

Monk’s side should have been level six minutes later when Wayne Routledge's whipped cross fell at the back post to Jose Canas, but he fired over the bar.

Dyer continued to cause problems down the right-hand side, and was handed another chance seven minutes before half-time when he cut inside to send a low drive wide of the post.

Wilfried Bony came into the match having not scored a Barclays Premier League goal on the road all season, but was handed a golden opportunity just after the break.

A neat one-two with Routledge gave him some space on the edge of the box, but he sent his effort high and wide.

Parity was restored in the 52nd minute when Hernandez picked out Chico inside the box and he rose highest to flick a header past a despairing Begovic.

Hughes’ side should have regained the lead just after the hour mark when a teasing ball from Charlie Adam somehow eluded both Steven N'Zonzi and Ryan Shawcross in the six-yard box.

Shawcross made amends 15 minutes later with a superb goalline clearance to deny Bony, and substitute Jonathan de Guzman then forced Begovic into a great save with a well-struck effort from distance late on, but the Potters held firm to earn a point.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We didn't play particularly well but we got ahead in the game. As the home team, you want to be able to mange the game and get through and make sure you don't concede. The goal we conceded was a poor one. Swansea played like they do, plenty of possession.

"Whether we deserved maximum points, I think people would debate that.

"Today wasn't a good performance but we got something out of the game. Maybe a couple of weeks ago we wouldn't have been able to."

Swansea head coach Garry Monk: "I think a point is a good result. We could have won that game. In the second half we were magnificent.

"Everyone gave a massive effort, I couldn't be happier with them. You want to win, let's not come and try to settle for anything.

"We knew what type of game we'd be in for here. It was a bit of a swirl, one minute the wind was going one way and the next it was going another way.

"Chico Flores was a warrior today, he showed what a good player he is. He was man of the match by a million miles."

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Manager: Mark Hughes

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Manager: Garry Monk

Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Asmir Begovic 1.0 7.52
20. Geoff Cameron - 4.41
17. Ryan Shawcross - 5.25
3. Erik Pieters - 4.63
12. Marc Wilson - 4.35
16. Charlie Adam - 5.26
19. Jonathan Walters - 4.39
6. Glenn Whelan - 4.49
10. Marko Arnautovic - 5.61
9. Peter Odemwingie - 5.55
25. Peter Crouch - 5.31
Substitutes All Fans BFR
15. Steven N'Zonzi - 4.44
24. Oussama Assaidi - 6.0
29. Thomas Sørensen - 2.63
23. John Guidetti 10.0 3.8
32. Stephen Ireland - 4.55
5. Marc Muniesa - 3.73
8. Wilson Palacios - 4.16
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Michel Vorm - 5.19
22. Angel Rangel - 4.69
33. Ben Davies - 4.69
4. Chico 10.0 4.48
6. Ashley Williams - 4.92
21. José Cañas - 4.21
12. Nathan Dyer - 5.42
7. Leon Britton - 4.55
15. Wayne Routledge - 5.0
11. Pablo Hernández - 5.14
10. Wilfried Bony - 6.43
Substitutes All Fans BFR
3. Neil Taylor - 2.74
54. David Ngog - 3.71
20. Jonathan De Guzmán - 4.71
2. Jordi Amat - 3.65
25. Gerhard Tremmel - 3.12
26. Álvaro Vázquez - 3.55
57. Marvin Emnes - 3.62

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