Diouf win­ner sinks Swans to the bot­tom

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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

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