Swansea City 3 - 1 Stoke City

Match info: Premier League at The Liberty Stadium

Date: 19/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Dean Att: 19,603

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Ben Davies 49
Jonathan de Guzman 57,80



Michael Owen 90+1

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: January 20 2013, 13:02 GMT

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup hailed the 3-1 win over Stoke as the perfect preparation for Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea.

Laudrup hails 'perfect preparation'

The Swans emerged comfortable winners thanks to a fine second-half performance following a turgid first half at the Liberty Stadium.

Teenage left-back Ben Davies got his first senior goal for the club before Jonathan de Guzman struck twice with a wonderful free-kick and a composed finish late on.

Michael Owen pulled a goal back late on for the Potters, the striker's first goal since October 2011, but it was a mere consolation.

The win tees Swansea up nicely for their second leg with Rafael Benitez's side, as they head into the game with a 2-0 advantage as they seek a first appearance at a major Wembley final.

Laudrup said: "Winning is always the perfect preparation, winning and no injuries.

"I think it was a very good performance, we dominated from the first minute.

"In the first half Stoke had to defend very deep and the only bad point of the first half was we did not score from the two or three good chances we had, but apart from that I was pleased with everything.

"In the second half we continued, but I knew we needed something special to score the first goal, if we scored the first goal I was sure we would win.

"I obviously did not expect it to come from a run from the full-back, so it is great for Ben and he deserves everything for what he is doing and this will be a very special day for him.

"The second goal was a fantastic free-kick. I have seen Jonathan score a lot of these goals in training so it is nice to see it in a game and the third was the best of the afternoon."

Laudrup had no further news on Danny Graham's possible exit from Swansea.

But the striker, who was suffering with a stomach bug, received a great reception from the home support when he was introduced as a second-half substitute, with chants of 'We want you to stay' ringing out.

Laudrup did reveal defender Chico Flores was a slight doubt for Wednesday's meeting with Chelsea after suffering a knee injury at Arsenal, but the Dane expects the centre-half to be fit in time to feature.

He said: "I had to make a decision about Chico, he has a knee injury and I did not want to take the risk because I knew Garry (Monk) or Kyle (Bartley) would do well in this type of game, and Garry did.

"I think he will be ready for Wednesday, but I am not 100 per cent."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis admitted his side were outplayed by their hosts as they suffered a third straight league defeat.

"We were second best from the first whistle to the last," he said.

"Swansea were better and deserved to win. I've got no excuses.

"You have good and bad days in football and this was a bad day for us. We looked a yard short all over the pitch. We looked sluggish and sloppy.

"Whether it's the fact we played (Crystal) Palace in extra-time (in their FA Cup third-round replay in midweek) and had to travel down early and had not been able to do anything for two days because of the snow, I don't know, but it wasn't us today."

But Pulis made it clear he does not need to sell players, including Swansea target Kenwyne Jones, who came on as a substitute, before he can strengthen his squad.

He said: "It's great speculation. If the two clubs are talking then they have to talk and speak to me and then I'll speak to Kenwyne.

"You always want to keep your top strikers. I'll be as open and honest as anybody.

"If an offer comes in for any player in the Premier League and it's the right offer then you look at it and then speak to the player.

"For example, I've had an offer this week for a player and I don't want him to go.

"There is an offer there and it's around about what the club would expect, but I've said to the player if you don't want to leave mate, then you can stay, and he wants to stay.

"And this is the same position (with Kenwyne). We are in no financial trouble at this football club. We run the club soundly and I'm honest with the players.

"If it comes to a point where we accept an offer from Swansea then it will be down to Kenwyne whether he wants to go on that.

"Because if he says no, there will be no problems with me."

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