Stoke City shock defeat to high-flying Swans


Stoke (1) 1 Swansea (1) 2 – 3/3/21 8.15

10 seconds from the end of time-added and the ref gives one of the most controversial penalties in recent years. There’ll be hell to pay for this! here’s how the game unfolded in real time:
Two wins then two defeats. That’s Stoke this season. Now two home games. Swansea should be too good for them today, and won’t be as generous as Brentford were in the first minute on Saturday. Fletcher returns, but there’s still 5 at the back.
5.59 1-0 !! Maybe they ARE going to be generous, with Fletcher intercepting a pass from Marc Guehi, and the ball falling for Powell to slot home past an annoyed looking keeper Freddie Goodman. Have Swansea been drinking in the same pub as Brentford?
18.34 1-1 !! Roberts flies into the area, out-running Norrington-Davies, and flicks home a brilliant cross from Manning from the left. Norrington!! Wake up!
28.10 Smith smashes the post from distance, but what’s he doing coming in from the left? Helping Norrington, no doubt. Great shot. Smith is a dark (cart-) horse.
46.10 Souttar brings out a save in keeper Freddie as the ball drops for Harry to thwack from a corner. However, Batth goes down with blood flooding out of his head.
45.00 Clarke on for Bloody Batth. Stoke go 4-5-1.
49.37 Fletcher hits the post with a great chance, before Chester blasts over from point-blank. How did that not go in, ask the huge crowd…
55.02 Brown burst through, but the long ball bounces off his chest and the keeper boots it clear. Wasted.
70.50 Manning yellowed for flooring Brown. Manning lucky to still be on the pitch after bringing down Powell on the break and then claiming injury.
77.20 Manning sticking a knee into Smith’s gut, and somehow not getting the second yellow. Again.
81.35 Gunn makes extraordinary reflex save from Roberts who beats the offside trap.
85.30 Thompson on for Powell.
90+3.50 Penalty !! Clarke is harshly –  perhaps wrongly – accused of bringing down Naughton, and Ayew puts a stuttering penalty away. Grossly unfair.
90+6 Stoke beaten, Michael O’Neill livid. A travesty. FT Stoke 1 Swansea 2