Swansea beat Stoke 3-1

Two goals from Jonathan de Guzman, and one from Ben Davies, help Swansea City to a comfortable win over Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium.

Laudrup: 'Perfect preparation' for League Cup

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup was pleased with his side's 'very good performance' in beating Stoke City 3-1 in the Premier League yesterday. He described victory, and managing to avoid any injuries, as 'perfect preparation' for their Capital One Cup second leg against Chelsea on Wednesday.

'I think it was a very good performance, we dominated from the first minute. The only bad point of the first half was we did not score from the two or three good chances we had. I knew we needed something special to score the first goal, if we scored the first goal I was sure we would win.'

Once full back Ben Davies had put them ahead with his first goal for the club, Jonathan de Guzman quickly curled in a free-kick and added another strike, rounding off an incisive team move. Swansea are ninth in the table, after West Brom drew with Aston Villa in their late game.

Jonathan de Guzman
Laudrup hailed de Guzman's second goal - Swansea's third - as 'the best of the afternoon' Credit: David Davies / PA Wire / Press Association Images

Full-time: Swansea 3 Stoke 1

Swansea City have beaten Stoke City 3-1 to move up to eighth in the Premier League. After a quiet first half, in which Michu went closest for the home side at the Liberty, Swansea flew out of the blocks in the second.

Left back Ben Davies opened the scoring, with a rare strike. Jonathan de Guzman then scored a fine free kick, and added his second with ten minutes to go, to make sure of the win for Michael Laudrup's men. Michael Owen got a consolation goal for Stoke in injury time.

Jonathan de Guzman
de Guzman celebrated two goals from midfield Credit: David Davies / PA Wire / Press Association Images

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Latest: Swansea 2 Stoke 0

Swansea City lead Stoke City 2-0 with 20 minutes to play at the Liberty Stadium. Full-back Ben Davies put Michael Laudrup's side ahead just after the break, and Jonathan de Guzman added a second, just seven minutes later, with a fine free kick.

Ben Davies
Davies celebrated a rare goal for Swansea Credit: David Davies / PA Wire / Press Association Images