Flores earns Swansea vital point at Stoke

A second half header from Chico Flores earned Swansea City a vital point against their relegation rivals Stoke City.

Flores earns Swansea City vital point at Stoke

A second half goal from Chico Flores earned Swansea City a vital point against relegation rivals Stoke City last night.

Peter Crouch put the home side ahead in the 17th minute, in a game that was in doubt because of the weather. Kick off was eventually delayed by 15 minutes.

Flores' header from Pablo Hernandez's cross in the 52nd minute meant a much-needed draw for the Swans, who are unbeaten since Garry Monk took charge at the club ahead of last weekend's derby with Cardiff City.

Swansea will now prepare for their 5th round FA Cup tie against their former manager Roberto Martinez's Everton this weekend.

You can watch the match live on ITV at 1pm on Sunday.


Stoke City match 'more important than derby'

Garry Monk's first game in charge was a success Credit: PA

Head coach Garry Monk has told his Swansea players that today's trip to Stoke is a more important game than Saturday's south Wales derby.

Monk's tenure in charge following Michael Laudrup's sacking could hardly have started better, as the Swans eased to a 3-0 win over near-neighbours Cardiff.

The result moved the Swans four points clear of the bottom three, and into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table.

But there is little time to dwell on the derby triumph with a trip to the Britannia Stadium - where Swansea have lost on their two Premier League visits.

Monk admits the application his side show against the Potters will tell him more than the one-off atmosphere of a derby.