The Potters had gone 11 games without victory prior to today and their cause was helped by some slack defending from the away side as Crouch put Michael Laudrup’s team to the sword.
The Swans had enjoyed a storming start to the campaign banging in 10 goals in their first three games but have failed to score in their last top-flight three fixtures.
Tony Pulis ‘route one’ approach continues to see him come under fire but he will afford himself a wry smile as Stoke comfortably beat a side famed for their slick, pass and move philosophy. The hosts’ famed aerial prowess certainly proved useful in the 12th minute as Crouch found himself unmarked to head Glenn Whelan’s corner past Michael Vorm.
Stoke continued to dominate the first half as they lay siege to Vorm’s goal as a brittle Swansea defence struggled to cope with Crouch and the England striker profited again in the 35th minute. The former England striker needed two bites of the cherry to score after being setup by Jonathan Walters.
Crouch then had the chance to complete his hat trick but headed Matthew Etherington’s cross over the bar as Pulis’ side saw out a comfortable victory in the second half with their lead rarely threatened by Swansea who will hoping their fortunes pick up next week when they host Reading at the Liberty Stadium.