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Swansea defeated after controversial Joe Allen goal

Joe Allen (left) celebrates scoring Stoke's goal with team-mates Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Joe Allen was Stoke City's controversial match-winner as they edged Swansea City 1-0 in a scrappy battle between two of last season's relegated Premier League clubs.

The Wales international bagged his first goal of the season, which looked offside, and first since January as the Potters claimed a welcome win at the bet365 stadium.

Allen's clinical close-range second-half strike did the damage as the club toasted back-to-back home league wins for the first time since March 2017 when they beat Crystal Palace in the top flight.

Defeat for Swansea, who complained Allen's effort should have been disallowed, means they have now not won consecutive away league matches since January 2017 and also ended their recent two-match unbeaten run.