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Stoke 1 - 1 Swansea: Flores turns good guy to earn Swans a point

Swansea bad-boy Chico Flores finally made the headlines for all the right reasons after a February to forget for the Spaniard.

At a blustery Britannia Stadium, with the game going ahead only after two pre-match safety inspections given the storm-force winds prior to kick off, Flores deservedly earned Swansea a point.

Prior to grabbing his third goal of the season, this month had proven to be a wretched one for the 26-year-old.

On February 1, Flores was at the heart of a controversial storm that resulted in West Ham's desperate bid to overturn a three-match ban for Andy Carroll after the two had clashed in a 2-0 defeat for the Swans, with the midfielder over-reacting to a challenge.

A few days later Flores was apparently involved in a training ground bust-up with interim manager Garry Monk.

Monk later insisted the incident had been blown out of all proportion and that he and Flores were all smiles again.

Flores starred again in Saturday's thumping 3-0 derby win over Cardiff as Monk began his managerial career with a bang after taking up the reins from the sacked Michael Laudrup.

And he was in the right place at the right time to deftly flick home a Pablo Hernandez cross beyond the despairing reach of Asmir Begovic in the 52nd minute to keep Swansea in 10th.

Swansea could justifiably say they should have won the game as they were the better team for the most part, after Peter Crouch bagged his eighth goal of the season in the 17th minute.

Crouch first teed up Peter Odemwingie for a thumping right-foot drive that crashed back off the post straight to the lanky striker whose follow-up deflected off a diving Leon Britton trying to block.

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