Belfast Telegraph

Swans beat Stoke

Record signing Danny Graham grabbed his first Swansea goal as the Welsh club maintained their unbeaten home record in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Stoke in a feisty Liberty Stadium encounter.

Scott Sinclair opened the scoring when he slotted his second penalty of the campaign in the 10th minute after Potters' captain Ryan Shawcross, on his 100th top-flight appearance, had made a rash challenge on Wayne Routledge.

Graham then made sure of the win with five minutes remaining as he came out on top in a challenge with Jonathan Woodgate to calmly fire home his maiden strike following a £3.5million move from Watford.

The home side got off to the ideal start when Shawcross' foul on Routledge gifted Swansea the opener in the 10th minute.

The Potters skipper felled the midfielder as he raced into the box and referee Mike Jones had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, with Sinclair slotting his penalty low to Asmir Begovic's left.

Michel Vorm had little to do in the early stages but he was alert when called upon as he made a stunning save to deny Jonathan Walters.

Some sloppy play by Swansea saw Stoke begin to enjoy long spells in the opposition half.

That was marred slightly by Andy Wilkinson being guilty of an awful tackle on Nathan Dyer five minutes before the break, though. The defender's challenge was waist high and left the winger on the floor in a heap, but referee Jones somehow deemed it only worthy of a yellow card.

Swansea remained a threat on the break and it took an outstanding save from Begovic to deny Sinclair his second after he had cut in from the left and got away a curling right-footed effort.

But Graham then sealed the hosts' second win of the season as the striker got a lucky ricochet off Woodgate to go on and fire beyond Begovic.


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