Bony Haunts Swansea With Double


Wilfried Bony grabbed his first goals for Stoke against his old club to ensure a third win on the spin.

The Ivorian scored a brace in an excellent 3-1 win over Swansea.

Bony’s first came in the third minute, poking home Joe Allen’s strike in front of the travelling handful of visiting supporters.

The relief was clear to see, but the score was level again soon after. Wayne Routledge out-jumped Phil Bardsley to head in from close range.

It was a soft equaliser, but Stoke went on to hit the woodwork an incredible three times before half-time- twice through Charlie Adam and once via the boot of Marko Arnatuovic.

You feared it wasn’t to be Stoke’s day, but Ramadan Sobhi had different ideas.

The Egyptian winger had replaced Xherdan Shaqiri early on, and 10 minutes into the second half jinked past Angel Rangel before firing a shot across goal. Swansea defender Alfie Mawson could only help the ball over the line and Stoke were ahead again.

The points were made safe 20 minutes from time. Allen ran into the area and although his initial shot was superbly saved, the ex-Swansea midfielder somehow managed to feed Bony from the rebound. The striker- who has described his recent goal drought as a “difficult time”- gobbled up his second goal, but reserved the applause for Allen’s part in the goal.

The last three matches have yielded nine points and a goal difference of plus six.

Bring on West Ham next Saturday, although Stoke will play that match without Arnautovic who is suspended after picking up a booking.

Stoke City: Grant, Bardsley, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Adam, Allen, Shaqiri (Ramdan 26), Arnautovic (Crouch 86), Bony (Walters 79). Unused: Given, Muniesa, Imbula, Bojan.

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