Stoke City 2-0 Swansea City
Last Updated: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:05
Stoke City ended a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Swansea City.
The visitors were forced to hand a Premier League debut to German goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, with Michel Vorm missing due to a virus, while Stoke recalled a number of players rested for the midweek Europa League loss at Valencia.
Swansea enjoyed the early possession and could have taken the lead in the fourth minute when Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer combined, before Scott Sinclair shot over the crossbar.
That proved to be the clearest opening until just past the midway point of the half when Matthew Etherington swept over a corner from the right and Matthew Upson rose highest the head home.
Six minutes before the half-time interval it was 2-0 as Ryan Shotton took a long throw from the right touchline which was headed home by Peter Crouch, with Tremmel failing to keep the ball out despite getting a hand to it.
With just under ten minutes of the second half played Jonathan Walters should have added a third goal, but he was wide from close range after Crouch touched on another long throw.
Walters also missed the target with just under 20 minutes to go, after yet another Shotton long-throw caused problems in the home area.
Swansea struggled to make any headway against a resolute home backline, with their best chance coming deep into stoppage time at the end of the game.
Steven Caulker met a Gylfi Sigurfdsson delivery, but his header was superbly pushed onto the crossbar by Asmir Begovic, who had had little or nothing to do throughout the game.