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Saturday 21 October 2017

Adams' joy as Walters heads Stoke to victory

Man of the match Charlie Adam was delighted as Stoke returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-1 comeback victory over Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.

With just over 10 minutes of the first half to go, Stoke's Ryan Shawcross conceded a penalty by bringing down Wilfried Bony and the Ivory Coast striker made no mistake as he slotted the ball past Asmir Begovic into the bottom right corner.

Their lead did not last long as - nine minutes later - the Potters were awarded a penalty which Adam fired home with a left-footed shot to make it 1-1 at the break.

Jonathan Walters (pictured) nodded his powerful header home from substitute Oussama Assaidi's cross as Stoke went ahead for the first time deep into the second half and the Swans never found a way back despite some late pressure.

Adam said: "I think it was (well deserved). Once we got a grip on the game. Wilfried Bony caused us a couple of problems during the game in the first half.

"There were too many balls going to his feet and he was able to turn and he and (Gylfi Sigurdsson) have managed to link up really well this year and we noticed that in the video. And once we got to grips with that and in the end I thought we desreved the victory.

"We stopped the ball getting to his feet ... when you've got that and the movement they've got with people like Sigurdsson and (Nathan) Dyer on one side and (Wayne) Routledge on the other it's difficult to defend, and we had a tough time of it.

"But once we got to grips with it we dominated the second part of the game and Walters came on and won it for us."

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