Jonathan Walters earns Stoke City 2-1 win at home to Swansea

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The head of Jonathan Walters proved the difference for Stoke City in their 2-1 victory over Swansea.

The striker’s effort 15 minutes from time was enough to deliver Mark Hughes’ men their second home win of the season during a lively encounter at the Britannia Stadium.

In an entertaining first 45 minutes which saw plenty of possession and chances for either side.

The visitors drew first blood after Wilfred Bony was wrestled to the ground in the area by Potter’s skipper Ryan Shawcross just after the half hour mark.

The Ivorian frontman converted the penalty to give Gary Monk’s side, fifth in the Premier League before kick off, the lead.

But minutes late Stoke had a spot kick of their own when referee Michael Oliver adjudged Angel Rangel to have fouled winger Victor Moses as he ran into the Swansea box.

Charlie Adam stepped up and tucked his effort into the bottom right corner past Łukasz Fabiański to level.

Adam could have claimed a second moments later after he latched onto a Stephen Ireland flick on the stroke of half time but blazed the chance well over.

The Potters came out firing in the second half, bombarding the Swansea goal but Phil Bardsley and Adam both failed to hit the target.

A diving header on 65 minutes from Peter Crouch also came close to giving Stoke the lead.

And the home side were nearly made to rue missed chances when a scramble in the Stoke goalmouth saw Ki Sung-Yueng almost poking a shot home before Asmir Begovic smothered the chance.

The decisive blow came 15 minutes from time as substitute Oussama Assaidi’s cross was met by fellow replacement Walters, who placed a fine header into the corner.

Hughes’ men then held on to claim the spoils.

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