Sunderland slump to Swansea defeat
Three second-half goals condemned Sunderland to defeat at Swansea City and struck a blow the Black Cats’ hopes of climbing out of the relegation zone by Christmas.
Sunderland headed into the game on the back of three wins from their last four games, and knowing that another victory would likely take them out of the relegation zone.
But following an even first half, the Swans found an extra gear in the opening minutes of the second half, striking twice before the hour and then adding a third ten minutes from full-time to seal a comfortable win.
Fabio Borini returned for the visitors to make his first appearance since August, and his re-introuduction to the squad is timely following the news that Duncan Watmore will not play again this season.
Swansea applied pressure from the first whistle, but the visitors worked well to clear the danger and succeeded in creating opportunities of their own, albeit against the run of play.
The game’s first goal from the penalty spot after Jason Denayer was adjudged to have handled Wayne Routledge’s cross. Gylfi Sigurdsson dispatched the opportunity and matters were made worse for the visitors less than five minutes later.
Fernando Llorente was more alert to a short corner that the Sunderland defence, and he produced a moment of clinical attacking play to stroke the ball home and double Swansea’s advantage.
The hosts, who have now taken seven points from their last four matches under manager Bob Bradley, continued to press and stifled any hopes Moyes’ men harboured of forging a route back in to the contest.
Instead the added a third ten minutes from full-time, as Llorente completed a brace following his double against Crystal Palace two weeks earlier.
The Spaniard combined with Jefferson Montero to loop a header past Jordan Pickford to make it 3-0.
The defeat means Sunderland return to the bottom of the Premier League, but there are just two points between 20th and West Ham in 17th ahead of the upcoming programme of midweek fixtures.