Angel Rangel of Swansea City and Wifried Bony of Stoke City battle for the ball.
Angel Rangel of Swansea City and Wifried Bony of Stoke City battle for the ball. Michael Regan

Old boys pour more misery on Swans

FOOTBALL: Two familiar faces came back to haunt Swansea City in a 3-1 defeat at Stoke in the English Premier League.

Wilfried Bony scored twice, while another former player, Joe Allen, had two assists as the home team made it three successive EPL victories.

Swansea remains rooted in the bottom three and now has not won since the opening game of the season.

The Welsh side did respond well to an early Bony goal to equalise through Wayne Routledge but the second half belonged to the home side, which stretched its lead through an Alfie Mawson own goal before Bony sealed the win.

Stoke moved up to 12th in the league following the win, while Swansea is in second bottom on five points, five away from safety.

What was more galling for the Swans was that both Bony and Allen were realistic transfer opportunities in the off-season and the club missed out on signing both.

Stoke, whose dismal start to the season had left them at the foot of the table after five games, has now turned things round, with Bony scoring in the league for the first time since Boxing Day.


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