Premier League: Swansea City 4 Sunderland 0
By Football News
Three goals in seven minutes contributed to a nightmare start for Gus Poyet as Sunderland manager in a 4-0 defeat at Swansea.
The visitors had turned in a disciplined defensive display in the opening 45 minutes, but a Phil Bardsley own goal was swiftly followed by a superb Jonathan de Guzman finish and a Wilfried Bony spot-kick after the break.
Chico Flores headed a fourth to give Swansea their first win over Sunderland since 1982 and a first at home since March, leaving Poyet’s men rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
The hosts were without captain Ashley Williams, who remains sidelined with an ankle injury, but Ben Davies recovered from a hamstring problem in time to make the starting line-up.
Boss Michael Laudrup made two changes to the side that lost 2-0 at Southampton a fortnight ago, with De Guzman and Leon Britton coming in for Jonjo Shelvey and Jose Canas.
Poyet, meanwhile, brought Bardsley, Sebastian Larsson and Steven Fletcher – returning from a shoulder injury - in for Jack Colback, Jozy Altidore and loanee Ki Sung-Yueng, who was unavailable for selection against his parent club.
And Bardsley – making his first-team return after a controversial period in the wilderness under former manager Paolo Di Canio – made an early impression as he was booked for a reckless challenge on Nathan Dyer.
But Sunderland were soon making more positive moves as Fletcher fired a left-footed strike narrowly wide from an Adam Johnson corner within the opening 15 minutes.
With Swansea struggling to find their stride, the visitors continued to press – Larsson hooking a seemingly lost cause into the penalty area from a tight angle, only to see goalkeeper Michel Vorm beat Fletcher to the cross.
The hosts had to wait until just after the half-hour mark for a shot at goal, but De Guzman sent his 25-yard free-kick beyond the right-hand post as an even first half ended goalless.
Bardsley had a chance to mark his return with a goal shortly after the break, but he scooped his effort over the crossbar from six yards after a cross from the right.
Swansea soon began to find the flow that had eluded them in the first half and, after decent chances for Dyer and Bony, they broke the deadlock in the 55th minute as Bardsley diverted the ball into his own net from a corner - the Swans' 100th goal in the Premier League.
The Liberty Stadium side doubled their lead within a minute as De Guzman got a sight of goal from 20 yards and curled a wonderful effort in the top right-hand corner of the net.
And they were three up six minutes later. Craig Gardner brought down Britton just inside the penalty area, allowing Bony the chance to send the ball beyond Keiren Westwood from the spot.
Flores completed the rout in the 80th minute, as he met a corner to head past Westwood via a Fletcher deflection.