Three things we learnt: Stoke City 3-1 Swansea City
Wilfried Bony came back to haunt his old club on Halloween night and give new Swansea City manager Bob Bradley a real fright.
But enough of the poor Halloween puns … maybe.
This was a relatively straightforward win for Stoke City and it probably came as little surprise to the travelling supporters when Bony scored his first goal in eight games after just three minutes when he converted Joe Allen’s shot from close range. I believe they call it ‘sods law’.
Wayne Routledge did score an equaliser to bring Swansea back into the game but the powerful Ivory Coast striker then went on to rub further salt in the wounds by netting a second during the second half, adding to an own goal from Alfie Mawson, which sealed a third consecutive Premier League victory The Potters…
Wilfried Bony re-finds his goal scoring touch
Wilfried Bony rediscovered his goal scoring touch just in time to see off his former club as he ended his draught in front of goal.
The powerful striker opened his Stoke City account with two close range finishes, both supplied courtesy of Joe Allen, after failing to find the net in his previous seven appearances for The Potters after signing on loan from Manchester City on deadline day.
He was in the right place at the right time in the third minute to poke home Allen’s pulled shot after the visitors had failed to clear a corner and you could physically see the renewed confidence that the early goal gave the Ivory Coast striker.
Bony then added to his account in the second half with a simple close range header and he could, probably should, have gone home with the match ball but instead blazed a first time shot over the bar from twelve yards out.
Bony’s goals will grab the headlines, but his all-round performance and contribution to the Stoke City cause was extremely impressive. The big striker held the ball up well, brought others into play and generally led the line well with powerful play and good technical link up.
Everyone in football recognises the talent of Wilfied Bony, despite a difficult eighteen months at Manchester City, and if Mark Hughes can get the striker back fit, firing and confident Stoke will have an extremely valuable asset leading their attack.
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