Swansea stops rot by beating Stoke but still in drop zone

SWANSEA: Swansea ended a six-game winless run by beating Stoke 2-0 but the team remains in the English Premier League relegation zone.

Fernando Llorente's 10th-minute header and a deflected Tom Carroll strike with 20 minutes remaining lifted some of the gloom around Liberty Stadium.

Just before Swansea extended its lead, Stoke missed a chance to equalize when Marko Arnautovic sent his penalty high over the crossbar.

Swansea remains two points from safety after Hull also beat Watford 2-0.