Swansea City dominated Stoke City to take a convincing 3-0 victory and put proper distance between themselves and a relegation scrap.

Let’s look at how the players performed.

Carl Rushworth 6

The mix-up which saw Niall Ennis having the ball in the back of the net was a blot on the stopper's night. His passing choices into midfield were also slightly off target. Even so, it’s a clean sheet, so there’s not too much to complain about.

Harry Darling 8

A commanding presence at the back. Dealing with Stoke’s attempts to play the ball long, and stepping out calmly with the ball at his feet to start the Swans off on the front foot. He covered for his team-mates as well, tracking back brilliantly to put Ennis under pressure when he broke free at the end of the first half.

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Josh Key 8

Throughout the game he was willing to contribute going forward, providing an overlap or a dinked ball for Ronald to chase. His finish for the third goal was glorious, sliding the ball past the defender and then hammering it into the roof of the net. He also looked solid in defence, although he was seldom tested.

Ben Cabango 8

Some shaky moments for Cabango in the opening minutes with some misplaced passes, but he recovered well. Together with Darling he marshalled Stoke’s attacking threat and helped his side get out when under pressure. He and Darling deserved their clean sheet.

Josh Tymon 7

Considering he was a doubt for this match, he looked incredibly sharp. In the first 20 minutes, Tymon and Paterson set the tone for the evening. Providing pace and showing a willingness to take players on, they had Stoke on the backfoot from minute one.

Matt Grimes 8 STAR MAN

Strong, calm and collected. The captain linked the play together with neat, quick passes. He looked relaxed throughout, and that composure spread to his team-mates. He took his penalty brilliantly, firing the ball into the top right corner and killing the game from that moment on.

Ollie Cooper 8

He was serenaded as he left the field with "Ollie Cooper, he’s one of our own", as he had been earlier in the game when he put in a particularly hard tackle right in front of approving Swans fans. He ran and he ran and he ran, giving everything for the side from the word go.

Jamie Paterson 8

In the first half Paterson was the central figure, a constant threat down the left-hand side, turning defenders inside out and putting balls into the area. It was his whipped cross off a well-worked free-kick which Cullen got on the end of for the first goal. He had a quieter second half, but still carried a threat until he went off.

Jay Fulton 7

He and Grimes looked like they never really had to get out of second gear, comfortably winning the ball in the middle of the park every time Stoke threatened to get into the game. Though his attempts at goal left something to be desired, he looked strong and composed throughout the match.

Ronald 6

A willing runner with and without the ball, he worked hard for the Swans without really being given many opportunities to shine. He helped cover Key down the right-hand side, putting in some important tackles.

Liam Cullen 8

He broke the deadlock with an expertly controlled finish which settled the nerves of the fans and the players. He was quite quiet for the rest of the match, but that did not stop him leaving the pitch to thunderous applause.


Lowe (for Cooper) 8

A delightful cameo from Lowe, his turn on the halfway line as he raced away from McNally was superb, then he had the composure to check back and provide a lay-off to Key who did the rest. Later, he tried an audacious 45-yard chip which almost dipped under the crossbar.

Walsh (for Fulton) Govea (for Patterson) Abdulai (for Key) 6

The trio came on in a triple change and helped to see the game out, all three looked solid and confident.