Diouf winner sinks Swans to the bottom
SStoke City turned around an early deficit to record a much-needed 2-1 win at the bet365 Stadium and consign Swansea City to the foot of the Premier League table.
The hosts, unbeaten at home against the Swans in this competition, fought back from the shock of falling behind in the third minute to ease the pressure on Manager Mark Hughes after just one win in their previous seven outings.
Wilfried Bony’s volley against his former club raised hope for Swansea, who then frustrated Stoke for the majority of the first half only to concede twice in the space of four minutes. After Xherdan Shaqiri converted Joe Allen’s throughball to level the scores, Mame Biram Diouf smashed in a left-footed shot to grab what turned out to be the deciding goal in the battle between t wo s t r uggl i ng s i des. While the result helps Hughes, opposite number Paul Clement will be feeling the strain after Crystal Palace’s 0-0 draw at West Brom sunk his Swans to 20th place in the standings.
Having failed to score throughout November, a new month resulted in a change of fortune in front of a goal for Clement’s side.
WWatford missed a chance to inflict more away misery on 10-man Tottenham as the two sides fought out a 11 draw at Vicarage Road yesterday.
Davinson Sanchez was shown a straight red card for catching Richarlison with a stray elbow in the 52nd minute, hampering his side’s hopes of making up ground on the top four.
But the home team will feel most frustrated after failing to make their numerical advantage count.
The Hornets earlier opened the scoring through Christian Kabasele, the defender heading in his second goal in five Premier League matches from Tom Cleverley’s corner.
Tottenham, facing the prospect of a fourth consecutive away defeat in the league, quickly restored parity through Son Heung-min.
And although Sanchez’s dismissal re-opened the door for Marco Silva’s side, Spurs survived the scare of a long-range Abdoulaye Doucoure shot against the upright to claim a hardearned point and recapture sixth from Burnley.
Harry Kane appeared set to give his side the perfect start inside five minutes, but the England striker was unable to connect with Kieran Trippier’s enticing low ball across the face.
Instead, it was left to Kabasele to open the scoring as he got away from Eric Dier, rose above Kane and nodded Cleverley’s corner inside the far post. AFP