Stoke City secured a first home win since November as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the midweek action in the Championship. Jaden Philogene-Bidace opened the scoring on his birthday in the 47th minute before Ryan Benett was sent off in the 58th minute for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. Lewis Baker converted the penalty before Jacob Brown sealed the three points in the 78th minute.
Stoke’s Michael O’Neill: “(Philogene-Bidace) is a good player, he’s getting sharp, he’s dynamic and he does a lot of work off the ball as well. The other thing we like about him is that he’s brave; he puts himself in dangerous situations. I knew I was getting a good player, Steven Gerrard told me I was getting a good player and we certainly haven’t been disappointed. It was a really good performance altogether. From start to finish, I thought we dominated from the off. I was disappointed we weren’t ahead at half-time but scoring early in the second half and then getting another after the red card, the game was done at that point.”
Swansea’s Russell Martin: “It’s not good enough. We didn’t start the game well. Saturday has taken a lot emotionally, physically, and mentally out of the guys. We just haven’t got enough players who can play relentlessly throughout a busy schedule. We were forced into a lot of changes and we paid the price. There wasn’t enough intensity and there was a lack of quality on the ball, which hasn’t been the case for so long.”
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