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Joe Allen inspires Stoke to victory then offers hope to downed Swans

Stoke City 3 Swansea City 1

By Robert Jones

Published 01/11/2016

On the ball: Stoke City’s Joe Allen holds off Ki Sung-yueng
On the ball: Stoke City’s Joe Allen holds off Ki Sung-yueng

Joe Allen tipped former club Swansea to start climbing the Premier League table in the near future despite setting up two of Stoke's goals in a 3-1 win at the bet365 Stadium.

Striker Wilfried Bony ended his drought with a brace against the side for whom he scored 25 goals in 54 top-flight games, with both laid on by Allen.

The Potters' other strike, which arrived after Wayne Routledge's equaliser, came via an Alfie Mawson own goal.

Allen said: "I thought they were very good. Even at 3-1 I thought they still looked a threat.

"We didn't quite wrap the game up as well as we could have - the general performance you can see they're a really good team and I'm confident they'll do fine this year and I'm hopeful they'll be able to turn things round like we have and climb up the table."

The result leaves Swansea's American boss Bob Bradley with one point from his opening three fixtures and he said: "We're still at times making mistakes that are costing us, so you look at all parts to see how we can get a little bit better.

"It's definitely concerning, we understand that, and as I mentioned, when things are going a little bit in the wrong direction it takes a real strong effort from everybody to get things turned around so we need some results."

Stoke picked up just three points from their first seven league games but have now won three in a row to climb to 12th, and manager Mark Hughes urged his side to continue their momentum to get into the top half as quickly as possible.

"I thought our attacking play was excellent - we had any number of chances that could have gone in for us but we got the job done," he said.

"It was important to get that third win - it's very difficult in the Premier League for teams at our level.

"We don't want to be in the bottom half - we don't feel we're a bottom half team."

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