Jordan Ayew grabs second assist as Swansea eye survival

"Clearly that wasn't our game plan, we wanted to affect them in terms of their confidence, they were not in great shape coming into this game and there was a little anxiety before the game".

Despite their win, Swansea remain 18th in the table as 17th-placed Hull City claimed a 2-0 win over Watford on the same day, while Stoke sit 11th in the standings. If the gap had gone to five points with four to play the task would have been very hard.

Swansea's outstanding player of the season Gylfi Sigurdsson was at the heart of their opener as the Icelandic playmaker teed up Llorente and the club's leading scorer headed it past Butland.

Jack Butland's return to Stoke's first team after an absence of over a year didn't end in a fairytale for the England worldwide goalkeeper as strugglers Swansea emerged 2-0 winners in Saturday's Premier League clash.

We do look at the stats and believe it or not that is 20 metres more than he has done in other games.

Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson in action with Watford's Adrian Mariappa
Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson in action with Watford's Adrian Mariappa

Stoke, meanwhile, have now lost five of their last six matches, and Hughes admitted that his team weren't up to level in south Wales.

"It wasn't a reflection on how Saido was playing - far from it, because I thought he had one of his more effective games".

In the 68 minute Arnautovic misses a penalty, which proved to be a real game changer for Stoke. In the second half, prior to our penalty, we dominated possession in their half but we obviously needed to take the chance, convert the penalty and make it 1-1.

"Hopefully it give us that impetus to go on and finish really strongly". "It needs to go in from our point of view because the apprehension in the stadium would have risen and we would have benefited from that". At that stage it was very hard for us to get anything out of the game.

Borja Baston, Swansea's record signing, has struggled to find his feet in the Premier League this season, although has improved his form in recent games as the Swans start to scrap for points.

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