Bojan’s fourth-minute penalty was enough for Stoke City to beat Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium this evening for a third straight Premier League victory.
The Swans came closest to equalising when Jonjo Shelvey struck through the legs of Jack Butland from a narrow angle, only for the ball to come back off the post.
The game’s solitary goal came early but was a worthy winner as Bojan ran with the ball from the halfway line and skilfully took on two players before being clipped by Ashley Williams in the box.
The Spaniard, who has only recently returned from an eight-month layoff with a serious knee injury, smashed the resultant penalty into the top corner for his second goal in four games.
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Stoke survived a couple of nervy moments. Butland’s hashed clearance on 13 minutes nearly gifted Andre Ayew a chance, but the England goalkeeper recovered to make a crucial, if perhaps dangerous, tackle.
And Shelvey rattled the woodwork with a fine effort a couple of minutes shy of the hour mark, creating room for a shot only yards from the byline which rebounded off the inside of the post and to safety.
Otherwise the hosts were limited to strikes from distance as they failed to carry the same attacking threat that they did at the start of the season. They are now 14th and five without a win in the top flight.
Stoke are up to 11th in the standings courtesy of a second successive 1-0 success. Mark Hughes’s men have Watford and Newcastle United next and will be hopeful of continuing to climb the table.
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