Nov 10, 2013, 1:42 PM EST
Swansea City found themselves 2-0 down in less than a half-hour, and battled back to deservedly go up 3-2 until referee Robert Madley awarded a 96th minute penalty to Stoke City which the visitors converted for a share of points at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Despite owning the majority of possession and pressure, the Swans were undone early on the break as Stoke were on target with their early chances. Peter Crouch assisted both goals with great touches, but things would change.
Swansea threw immense pressure at the Stoke back four, and they were unable to deal with the pace and incision as the game grew, and they battled for three goals to take a lead with five minutes to go.
But a shot off a corner may or may not have struck Wayne Routledge‘s arm on its way through the box, and the referee allowed Charlie Adam to convert from the penalty spot and salvage a point for the visiting side.
It was Stoke on the break which gave them the early advantage. With Ashley Williams on the sidelines after an injury knock in the eighth minute, Jonathan Walters took advantage. A long ball from the back found the towering Peter Crouch who flicked on with his head to the Irish midfielder who powered through the remaining back line and finished off the post and in.
Swansea didn’t capitulate following the goal, instead dominating possession and taking control in front of the home crowd. Wilfried Bony finally unlocked the Stoke defense in the 24th minute, but couldn’t make them pay, rushing the volley and firing over off balance.
They would rue that chance, as Stoke came down the other way and again scored a second on some lovely passing. Leon Britton lost the ball in the midfield, and it fell to Walters on the wing. His pinpoint cross found Crouch in the box, whose brilliant one-time touch sprung Stephen Ireland free and he made no mistakes past Gerhard Tremmel.
Crouch’s two assists were both outstanding, and the imposing figure at front of Stoke’s attack was causing the home side all kinds of problems.Swansea reasserted their possession dominance again but again were wasteful in front of goal. Wilfried Bony found himself gifted a free chance on goal when Stoke defender Erik Pieters made a massive mistake in the 40th minute passing it back to Bony, but Asmir Begovic did well to dispossess Bony before he could get a shot off.
Swansea began the second half in control as well, and this time they wouldn’t prove wasteful. Bony got his goal when a corner in the 56th minute went long, and the Swans brought it back out to Jonathan de Guzman who sent in a perfect cross and Bony unleashed a powerful header past a hapless Begovic.
The goal sprung Swansea to dangerous heights, and the combination of Wayne Routledge and substitute Nathan Dyer used their pace to created chance after chance for Bony.
Swansea continued to pour forward and got their deserved equalizer in the 74th minute. Routledge on the left wing worked well to find space and crossed into the crowded box, and the cross was cleared by Robert Huth but only to Dyer. The 25-year-old rifled a viciious attempt that took a deflection and skidded past Begovic to level the score.
Following the equalizer Swansea didn’t take their foot off the gas, and the game because very chippy. Angel Rangel earned himself a yellow card in a scuffle where he shoved Crouch to the ground.
Swansea nearly had another chance in the 83rd where Rangel and Bony broke with numbers, but some poor touches saw the build-up break down. They wouldn’t misfire on the next chance.
Jonjo Shelvey worked hard on the wing to give him room to feed Bony in the middle, and the Dutch sensation shot the ball to the far post with one touch for the lead.
The drama wasn’t over though. With Swansea feeling like they’d snatched victory, the chippiness earlier led to six minutes of added time, and the penalty was awarded when a header came swerving through the crowded box and possibly struck the arm of Wayne Routledge right in front of goal.
It was a soft call if anything, but Bobby Madley awarded the penalty to the shock of the Swansea players. Michael Laudrup rued after the match that not a single Stoke player aside from Asmir Begovic up for the late corner appealed for the penalty call. Routledge appears to have maybe stuck his elbow out a bit, but nobody expected the call to come in.
The point for both sides is enough to bump them up a place or two. Swansea are now up to 13th level with new boys Cardiff City, and Stoke City move out of the relegation zone on goal differential, dropping Fulham below the dreaded line.
Swansea City – Bony 56′ 85′, Dyer 74′
Stoke City – Walters 8′, Ireland 25′, Adam 96′
Swansea City – Tremmel; Rangel, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies; Britton, De Guzman (Shelvey, 71′), Pozuelo (Canas, 90′), Lamah (Dyer, 55′), Routledge; Bony.
Stoke City – Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Ireland (Wilson, 72′), Palacios (Adam, 72′), Arnautovic (Etherington, 54′); Crouch.
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Nov 22, 2014, 12:06 PM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 12:01 PM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 11:57 AM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 11:52 AM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 9:45 AM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 9:41 AM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 9:35 AM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 9:30 AM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 9:25 AM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 9:13 AM EST
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Nov 22, 2014, 9:05 AM EST
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