Stoke 2 Swansea 2: Sigurdsson and Paloschi leads Swans’ comeback at the Britannia

“We were good value at two-nil and had a number of other chances”

Mark Hughes

That vulnerability was exposed again when Bojan was allowed acres of space and too much time as he ghosted through a couple of half-hearted tackles to slip the ball past Lukasz Fabianski.

A slip by Haugaard gave Swansea a glimmer of hope with 22 minutes left – and they seized their chance to snatch a point that should secure their survival for another season.

Wayne Routledge found Gylfi Sigurdsson with his back to goal but there looked no danger until he swivelled and beat the slow-reacting Dane.

Mark Hughes could have turned to the experience of veteran keeper Shay Given, 18 days short of his 40th birthday.

And he must have been wondering if he had made the right decision when Haugaard looked at fault again as he was beaten by Alberto Paloschi, after the Swans defence let him turn and shoot.

Hughes, though, was quick to defend the keeper and said: “I think he did well.

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