Swansea City got the three points they so desperately need in a 2-0 win over Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
- Swansea City 2 Stoke City 0
- Llorente opens the scoring
- Arnautovic misses penalty
- Carroll seals win for Swans
The Swans were rewarded for their positive start to the match with a 10th-minute opener from Fernando Llorente.
The match was then decided by two second-half incidents in quick succession, as Marko Arnautovic missed a penalty for the Potters just moments before Tom Carroll's shot took a big deflection to double Swansea's lead.
The result is not enough to lift the Swans out of the relegation zone, but it will give them hope of avoiding the drop.
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— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) April 22, 2017
The Swans made an encouraging start to the match and had their reward after just 10 minutes when Llorente buried a header from a corner.
The Welsh side thought they should have had a penalty for handball just moments before, but the Spaniard struck the opening goal soon afterwards to make it moot.
Stoke striker Saido Berahino was looking to get involved from the start, without much success, and should have equalised in the 31st minute from Glen Johnson's cross, but the unmarked forward scuffed it wide.
The final chance of the first half fell to Berahino after Peter Crouch had knocked it back to the youngster, whose header was straight at goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Jack Butland almost gifted Swansea substitute Ki Sung-yueng when he dropped a free-kick conveniently for the South Korean, but a defender came to his rescue with a heroic block.
Arnautovic should have pulled the Potters level from the penalty spot in the 69th minute after some interplay between him and Xherdan Shaqiri saw the Swiss attacker bundled to the ground. But the Austrian sent his spot-kick over the crossbar.
The Swans had their second of the match mere moments later, when a long-range effort from Carroll took a massive deflection off Joe Allen to arc over Jack Butland and into the net.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) April 22, 2017