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19 October 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: C. Pawson
• Attendance: 20245
P. Bardsley 57' (own goal)
J. de Guzmán 58'
W. Bony 64'
S. Fletcher 80' (own goal)
So Swansea earn a first home win in the league this season, while Poyet has much work to do before the all-important Tyne-Wear derby next weekend. That's it for our coverage but check back into this very website a bit later for live text commentary of West Ham United v Manchester City. Cheerio.
90' + 4'
And that's the final whistle. A chastening experience for Poyet on his Sunderland debut.
90' + 2'
Swansea are still in search of a fifth goal but cannot find a way through the visitors' backline.
Pozuelo tries to feed Vasquez, but the young Spaniard is offside. We're into stoppage time now.
This is a real battering that the visitors are taking. Swansea have simply steamrollered them in the second half.
That Chico goal was the 20th Sunderland have conceded this season - more than any other club in the league.
Alvaro Vasquez looks to get in on the act but his through ball fails to reach Dyer.
Own Goal Steven Fletcher
Brilliant save from Westwood! Michu powers a header towards goal but the Sunderland man dives at full stretch to his left to keep it out. Corner.
You have to feel for the Sunderland fans who have travelled a long way to watch their team in action in the south of Wales.
The home side have eased off after sailing to a 3-0 lead and are content just to keep possession of the ball.
Getafe loanee Alvaro Vasquez makes his league debut for Swansea in place of Wilfried Bony.
Swansea earn another corner after good work by Routledge. De Guzman takes it but his cross is punched clear by Westwood.
Sunderland look to muster a response but Borini loses the ball in the final third and the move breaks down.
This is turning into a harrowing debut in the dugout for Sunderland boss Gus Poyet. The visitors will be thinking about damage limitation now.
Penalty Goal Wilfried Bony
Goal! Right after Westwood pulls off a miraculous save from De Guzman, Gardner brings down Britton in the box with a needless foul. Bony strikes the resulting penalty into the left-hand corner of goal. Cool finish.
Borini fires over almost immediately after coming on as a substitute for Adam Johnson. Close.
Assist Wayne Routledge
Goal Jonathan De Guzmán
Goal! What a goal that is. Swansea work the ball to De Guzman, who curves a delightful finish from outside the box. Superb strike.
Own Goal Phil Bardsley
De Guzman's corner is inadvertently played into his own net by Bardsley. 1-0 Swansea.
Swansea come at the visitors again as Dyer takes aim from long range. Westwood saves to his left. Corner.
Swansea playing with real intent in the second period. Rangel plays a delicious cross right into the feet of Bony but the striker blazes over from a couple of yards out.
CLOSE! Super pass by Bony to free Michu but the Spaniard fires wide from a tight angle.
Corner comes to nothing as Sunderland clear comfortably.
Swansea's turn to attack now and Michu plays a delightful one-two with De Guzman before being cut off by a Sunderland defender. Corner.
What a chance! Swansea fail to clear the resulting corner until it falls to Bardsley in the six-yard box, but the defender blazes over wildly. Big let-off for the hosts.
Giaccherini goes on a run down the right but his cross is played behind by Chico for a corner.
Away we go in the second half. No changes made by either side.
And that's half time. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will be pleased with what he has seen so far, but the home side were growing into the game as the half wore on. Stick around for the second period.
45' + 2'
Yellow Card Chico
45' + 2'
Chico fouls Johnson and earns a booking. And that's the last action of the half.
Swansea starting to turn up the heat now, with Michu especially growing in influence.
Yellow Card Valentin Roberge
Roberge sloppily loses possession to Michu before fouling the Spaniard. Referee Craig Pawson resists calls from the home side for a red card and books the Sunderland man instead.
Michu and Bardsley clash and a bit of argy bargy ensues. Swansea get a free kick at the end of it... which comes to nothing.
Dyer looks to slip in Michu with a quick pass but the Sunderland defence hold firm.
Gus Poyet's Brighton side had the best defensive record in the Championship last season. Sunderland's backline has looked assured so far.
Swansea pin back the visitors with some good possession before Rangel lets fly from long range. Westwood saves comfortably low to his left.
Cattermole barges into Bony in a dangerous area. De Guzman over the free kick but his effort flies just wide of goal. So close for the Swans.
Swansea have a corner but it comes to nothing. The home side look a bit pedestrian and are struggling to build momentum. Sunderland will be the happier side as we approach the 30-minute mark.
Rangel and Dyer exchange passes on the right before Bardsley steps in to win the ball back.
Sunderland go close again. Bardsley's looping cross from the left is acrobatically kept in play by Larsson, but Fletcher is closed down before he can finish. Still 0-0.
Cracking atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium eventhough the home fans have not had much to cheer about thus far.
De Guzman nearly worms his way through two defenders but his touch is too heavy and Westwood sweeps up.
Swansea struggling to get their strikers Michu and Bony in the game here. Rangel's cross from the right sails a long way behind goal.
Giaccherini slightly over-hits his through ball to Larsson from a promising position, allowing Vorm to gather.
Swansea regain the ball after a sustained spell of Sunderland possession, but cannot do much with it as the ball eventually finds it way tamely to Keiren Westwood.
Chance! Larsson's corner is headed over by Fletcher. Almost the perfect start for the visitors.
Swansea concede a free kick in a dangerous position. Larsson's cross from the left is played behind for a corner by Amat.
Bardsley chops down Nathan Dyer about 40 yards from goal and is booked for his transgression. Michu's free kick sails behind for a goal kick.
Yellow Card Phil Bardsley
Sunderland passing the ball around nicely at the back before Gardner loses the ball cheaply in midfield.
Swansea uncharacteristically keep giving the ball away sloppily. Poyet will be pleased with the solid start his side have made here.
Bony loses possession in the centre-circle to Giaccherini, whose through ball falls to Steven Fletcher. But the Scot is ruled offside.
Swansea play the ball around in their own half, but a long punt up front trickles out for a Sunderland goal-kick.
Swansea get us underway at the Liberty Stadium.
Gus Poyet should be familiar with his surroundings after nearly succeeding Roberto Martinez as manager at Swansea in the summer of 2009. He was even given a tour of the Liberty Stadium but ultimately lost out on the job to Paulo Sousa.
Sunderland: Westwood; Celustka, O’Shea, Roberge, Bardsley; Cattermole, Gardner; Johnson, Giaccherini, Larsson; Fletcher. Subs: Mannone, Cuellar, Borini, Altidore, Colback, Dossena, Vaughan
Swansea City: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Amat, Davies; Britton, De Guzman; Dyer, Michu, Routledge; Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Pozuelo, Taylor, Vasquez, Shelvey, Tiendalli, Canas
TEAM NEWS: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher starts after returning from injury but midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng is ineligible against his parent club, while the Swans hand a start to fit-again playmaker Jonathan de Guzman. Full line-ups on the way.
Swansea, meanwhile, are hovering perilously close to the relegation zone themselves after an underwhelming start to the season. Michael Laudrup’s side are bidding to end an eight-match winless run at home stretching back to March.
All eyes, of course, will be on new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, who gets his first taste of top-flight management after taking over from the eccentric and often volatile Paolo Di Canio. The Uruguayan has a mountainous task on his hands as he takes charge of a side lying rock bottom in the league table following five successive defeats.
Afternoon all and welcome to our live text coverage of an intriguing Premier League encounter between Swansea City and Sunderland from the Liberty Stadium in south Wales.
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