Sam Clucas’ rasping drive and James McClean’s last minute strike were enough to secure a second successive three points for Stoke City as they overcame Swansea City at the bet365 Stadium this afternoon.
McClean added the Clucas’ opener to secure the points in stoppage time with the Swans pushing forward
Michael O’Neill’s men are now seven points above the Championship’s relegation zone, with a superior goal difference.
Both sides were tentative at the beginning of the second period with both the Swans and the Potters trying to find the opening effort of the half. It was the Potters who opened the scoring at the bet365.
Some neat build-up play between McClean and Allen led to the latter teeing up former Swan Clucas, who drove the ball into the visitors’ net.
With the game open and attacks coming quickly, Stoke should have put the points to bed when Ince’s delivery was turned over the bar by substitute Lee Gregory, he should have scored.
City continued their dominance when Allen’s determination opened up the Swansea backline, only for his effort to inch past Woodman’s post. With the Swans attempting to find an equaliser, the Potters found a gap, and with Powell’s pass heading nowhere, McClean pounced.
The Irishman won the ball back and kept his cool driving the ball home. That goal secured a valuable three points for the Potters who are now seven points above the bottom three.