Swansea 3-1 Stoke: Potters finish with nine men at Liberty Stadium
Bruno Martins Indi and Tom Edwards sent off as Swansea cruise to victory in Sky Bet Championship clash.
Last Updated: 09/04/19 11:19pm
Dan James produced another scintillating display as Swansea beat nine-man Stoke 3-1 in front of watching Wales manager Ryan Giggs at the Liberty Stadium.
Giggs handed 21-year-old James his international debut and the winger excelled by scoring a stunning first-half opener and leading the Stoke defence a merry dance.
The Potters simply couldn't cope with James and he was taken out by last man Bruno Martins Indi, who saw red. He was also fouled in either half by Tom Edwards, who was sent off for two bookings.
Swansea defender Mike van der Hoorn and Stoke's James McClean had both scored before the break, but Oli McBurnie made it 3-1 to the hosts in the second half.
Stoke named former Swans Ashley Williams, Joe Allen and Sam Clucas in their starting XI while Wales international striker Sam Vokes also began on familiar territory.
Swansea included young Wales talents Connor Roberts and James, which made Giggs a more than interested observer from the stands.
James made a bright start by playing in Nathan Dyer, who shot tamely at Jack Butland while, at the other end, Clucas was booed by the home crowd.
McBurnie was next to go close, first forcing Butland into a smart low save and then seeing a low cross deflected out for a corner. A home goal soon arrived, with James the scorer.
The electric winger - so impressive since the New Year - cut inside from the left and his curling right-foot effort was too good for Butland as it went in off the post.
Giggs burst into applause, while his Wales assistant Albert Stuivenberg held his head in his hands in apparent disbelief at the quality of the goal.
It ended Stoke's run of 591 minutes without conceding.
Vokes - who has fallen out of favour with Wales under Giggs - missed a sitter at the other end for Stoke as he side-footed wide.
James was then hacked down off the ball by Edwards who was booked and from the resulting free-kick Wayne Routledge fired across the box for Van der Hoorn to tap home.
Stoke had been awful to that point but made it 2-1 with the last kick of the half as McClean fired past Kristoffer Nordfeldt - who should have done better - from 30 yards.
Stoke just couldn't cope with James and Martins Indi hacked the winger down to see red at the start of the second half.
Matt Grimes and George Byers went close with free-kicks and Dyer appealed for a penalty before the unstoppable James was fouled again by Edwards. The only possible result was a second booking and a sending-off.
Swansea's dominance became absolute with a two-man numerical advantage and McBurnie made the game safe late on as James was substituted to a standing ovation.
Graham Potter: "I have run out of superlatives on Dan. We were just lucky to witness it. It was as good an individual performance as I have witnessed. He was so, so good.
"If you are being honest that level of performance is above the Championship. He works hard for the team. Dan will be the first to say he needs the team to help him get the ball and the structure to express himself, but he has got quality to top it all off. Ryan [Giggs] knows what it's like to play as a wide man and I'm sure he'll be delighted."
Nathan Jones: "It was a difficult night. Let's give Swansea credit - I thought they were excellent in the first half. We struggled to contain them and the sendings off killed us.
"A lot of people have struggled to contain James. He's in good form and if he continues in that vein he'll be a top player."