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

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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.

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