Saturday January 21, 2012 Day 22 Finished Stadium of Light

Sunderland 2 - 0 Swansea City

  • Sessegnon 14’
  • Gardner 85’

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  1. Sunderland sink Swansea

    Sunderland sink Swansea

    Sunderland continued their resurgence under Martin O'Neill with a 2-0 win over Swansea in the Premier League at the Stadium of Light. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Swansea City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' Full-time: Sunderland 2-0 Swansea. Two great goals from Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner.
    • 89' Seb Larsson off, Ahmed Elmohamady on for Sunderland.
    • 89' Shocking effort from Lee Cattermole. A shot from the Sunderland captain goes out for a throw.
    • 88' James McClean has been fanatastic for Sunderland today. Posed a constant threat and worked his socks off.
    • 85' GOAL! What a beauty! 2-0 to Sunderland. Stephane Sessegnon clipped a pass into Craig Gardner lurking in the centre of the pitch, around 25 yards out. The former Birmingham City midfielder brought the pass down on his chest before striking a sweetly hit volley into the left hand top corner. Great goal.
    • 84' CHANCE! Scott Sinclair skips past Wes Brown and fires a shot over the bar. Unlucky. That was a great effort.
    • 80' Delightful backheel from Sessegnon plays Wickham in on goal, but Vorm is quick off his line and clears the ball into touch.
    • 79' David Vaughan makes way for Craig Gardner.
    • 79' Leon Britton is replaced by Wayne Routledge.
    • 78' Leon Britton thrashes a shot wide from distance. That smacked of frustration.
    • 74' Sunderland's workrate has been fantastic. Whenever Swansea have broken forward the hosts have got themselves back into position before any damage can be inflicted.
    • 72' Swansea look like they've run out of ideas with 20 minutes to play. They're crying out for a spark - a piece of magic.
    • 70' CHANCE! James McClean beats his man with a nice piece of skill, but his long range effort barely troubles Michel Vorm in the Swansea City goal.
    • 68' Sunderland's strikers really have been starved of service today.
    • 66' Swansea make a change - Josh McEachran comes on for Gylfi Sigurdsson.
    • 65' That's another dangerous challenge for the Premier League scrapbook. Seb Larsson lunges in two feet on Scott Sinclair. The Swede did win the ball, but it could have easily caused Sinclair damage. No free-kick given.
    • 63' Excellent defending again from Sunderland. Yet again Phil Bardsley shackles the efforts of Swansea's speed demon Scott Sinclair.
    • 61' Sunderland can't get out of their half. It's all Swansea. Wes Brown has been immense for the home side at the back. Time and again he has been the man to stop the visitors in their tracks.
    • 60' Gylfi Sigardsson's effort has lifted the spirits of Swansea as they push for an equaliser.
    • 58' CHANCE! Much better effort this time round... Gylfi Sigardsson's whipped shot over the wall is beaten out by Simon Mignolet. Decent save, but one you would expect him to make. The goalkeeper was actually fortunate his parry didn't drop to an opposition player.
    • 58' Another free-kick for Swansea within shooting distance.....
    • 57' High tempo to the second half. A lot more open. Neither side has really taken control yet.
    • 55' Sigurdsson wastes a free-kick in a promising position for Swansea by crashing a free-kick into the wall. That was poor.
    • 53' Nathan Dyer's cross from the right takes a deflection off of Kieran Richardson and dribbles into the arms of Simon Mignolet. That could have gone anywhere....
    • 51' Goalmouth scramble in the Swansea box. Shots, blocks and tackles aplenty. The visitors manage to hack the ball clear of danger.
    • 49' O'Neill clearly asked for more positivity from his team in the second half. You can see there's more of an attacking focus already.
    • 47' Sunderland start the second half how their began the first, with plenty of intent.
    • 45' Second half kicks-off at the Stadium of Light....
    • 45+3' Half-time: Sunderland 1-0 Swansea City. The visitors dominated the opening period, but a moment of brilliance from Stephane Sessegnon is what seperates the two sides.
    • 45+2' Swansea applying the pressure at the end of the half, with two corners in quick succession.
    • 45' Three minutes of injury time to played at the end of the first half.
    • 44' A frustrated Danny Graham fires a wild shot into the stands.
    • 43' Once again Phil Bardsley defends well against Scott Sinclair. The former Manchester United defender has had a solid first half against Swansea's speedster.
    • 42' Nathan Dyer darts past Kieran Richardson, but his final ball lets him down and Sunderland clear their lines.
    • 40' CHANCE! Patient approach play from Swansea leads to a shot from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Deflection takes pace off the shot and it spins into the grasp of Simon Mignolet.
    • 38' After increasing the tempo, Sunderland revert to sitting back. Swansea trying to keep the ball and expose the channels by encouraging their full-backs to join the attack.
    • 35' Change of tactics from Sunderland... They're now pressing the play and trying to force Swansea into making mistakes.
    • 33' Swansea have bossed the first half with 60% possession, but there's only one statistic that matters and that's goals. Sunderland have one. The Swans have none.
    • 31' CHANCE! Swansea forced to try long range efforts. Gylfi Sigardsson hits an ambitious effort wide from 25 yards. Simon Mignolet looked to have it covered.
    • 29' Sunderland have enjoyed little possession so far, but they've rarely looked in trouble. The Black Cats are happy to just sit back and challenge Swansea to break them down. Martin O'Neill's team have demonstrated their organisation and discipline during the opening 30 minutes.
    • 26' .... Spoke too soon. Gylfi Sigardsson chips a cross to the back post, where Danny Graham has pulled off David Bardsley... The Swans striker doesn't get enough on his header and it loops over the bar.
    • 25' Swansea playing some nice football, but they've not managed to penetrate Sunderland's defensive barricades.
    • 23' Swansea starting to enjoy a bit of possession after a strong start from Sunerland.
    • 21' For those eagle eyed fans who spotted a few typos from yours truly, well done... thanks for pointing them out - apologies for the mistakes, trying to keep up with the game, while keeping you guys well informed. Errors have been amended.
    • 18' Danny Graham's defensive header fell for David Vaughan.... And he smashed the ball high and wide of the target.
    • 18' Sunderland have a free-kick in a dangerous position...
    • 14' GOAL! Stephane Sessegnon gives the home side the lead with a brilliant finish. From out on the left wing the Sunderland striker played a one-two with James McClean, before clipping a wonderful shot into the top right hand corner. Great goal. Sunderland 1-0 Swansea City.
    • 14' CHANCE! Nathan Dyer slides the ball across the face of the goal for an unmarked Scott Sinclair... But the winger blazes the ball over the bar.
    • 13' Big chance for Wickham to stake his claim for a starting berth after signing from Ipswich Town last summer.
    • 11' Eye injury has forced Bendtner to come off, with Connor Wickham coming on in his place.
    • 9' Ouch.... Angel Rangel catches Nicklas Bendtner with a kick to the face. Not sure they'll be too many people feeling sorry for the Big Dane, but it was fair old whack to the chops nonetheless.
    • 7' In these opening exchanges Sunderland have shown glimpses of expansive football, more akin to the visitors.
    • 5' CHANCE! Kieran Richardson picks Seb Larsson out at the back post... And the Swede crashes a first time volley against the post from an acute angle. Close to the opening goal.
    • 3' Nathan Dyer breaks into the Sunderland box, but his run is curtailed by a crunching challenge from Wes Brown. Risky tackle to make in the penalty area, but the former Manchester United defender timed it to perfection.
    • 2' Whoops, foul throw from Sunderland's Kieran Richardson. Touch embarrassing for a professional....
    • 1' And we're off at the Stadium of Light....
    • 14:56 We're just minutes away from kick-off now... The two teams are out on the pitch.... Can Sunderland bounce back from defeat against Chelsea? Or will Swansea build on their brilliant 3-2 win over Arsenal?
    • 14:55 The away team has failed to win in the last 10 Premier League games officiated by Chris Foy.
    • 14:54 Sunderland have recorded one win in their last six Premier League home games refereed by Chris Foy.
    • 14:53 Swansea have committed less fouls than any other team in the Premier League this season (176).
    • 14:51 Sebastian Larsson is one away from his 25th English league goal. He is the club’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with five goals.
    • 14:50 Swansea's 20 Premier League goals from English players this season - is only bettered by Chelsea (22) and Manchester United (26).
    • 14:48 Sunderland's David Vaughan is set to make his 50th Premier League appearance (35 for Blackpool, 14 for Sunderland). He is also one away from his 25th English league goal.
    • 14:46 Swansea have the worst away record in the league with six points, having won one, drawn three, and lost six of the 10 games.
    • 14:36 In total, Sunderland have lost one of their last eight Premier League games at the Stadium of Light. They last won back-to-back Premier League games at home in December 2010 under Steve Bruce.
    • 14:35 Swansea's Scott Sinclair has netted four Premier League penalties this season – more than any other player in the division.
    • 14:33 Four of Sunderland's 11 Premier League goals under O’Neill have come in the last seven minutes of matches, including three in the last two minutes – two of which were winning goals.
    • 14:31 Swansea's Danny Graham has scored seven Premier League goals this season – the only Englishmen with more are Wayne Rooney (13), Daniel Sturridge (9) and Frank Lampard (9).
    • 14:29 Sunderland have won one of their three Premier League matches against promoted club this season – 3-2 at QPR. They failed to win in all three Premier League home matches against promoted teams last season – losing to Blackpool and West Brom and drawing with rivals Newcastle.
    • 14:28 Swansea have won back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time and in the top flight for the first time in almost 30 years (since August to September 1982). They last won three top flight games in a row between February and March 1982, when they were on a run of four consecutive victories.
    • 14:26 Martin O’Neill is one short of his 100th Premier League draw as manager. Only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp and David Moyes have ever reached this milestone in the Premier League era.
    • 14:25 Swansea have picked up 26 points from their 21 Premier League matches. At this stage last season, Championship playoff winners Blackpool had 28 points from their first 21 Premier League matches and were in 10th position in the table. They won two of their remaining 17 Premier League matches (10 defeats) and were eventually relegated.
    • 14:24 SWANSEA: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Taylor, Williams, Dyer, Sinclair, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Graham. Subs: Routledge, Monk, McEachran, Moore, Tremmel, Augustien, Richards.
    • 14:23 Sunderland have won four of their seven Premier League matches under manager Martin O’Neill, and are unbeaten in all three at home – beating Blackburn and Manchester City and drawing with Everton.
    • 14:22 SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Bardsley, Richardson, Brown, O'Shea, Larsson, McClean, Cattermole, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Turner, Gardner, Wickham, Dong-won, Meyler, Elmohamady, Westwood.
    • 14:19 Sunderland have only lost once in a total of nine home league games against Swansea, a 1-0 defeat in the old Division One in February 1982.
    • 14:19 Swansea are unbeaten in their last seven league matches against Sunderland, since a 1-0 away defeat in the old Division Two, 48 years ago, in April 1964.
    • 14:18 The teams drew 0-0 at The Liberty Stadium in the Premier League in August. Both league games have never ended draws in the previous 10 seasons they have been in the same league.
    • 14:16 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Sunderland versus Swansea City from the Stadium of Light.
  • Summary

    • 85' GOAL! What a beauty! 2-0 to Sunderland. Stephane Sessegnon clipped a pass into Craig Gardner lurking in the centre of the pitch, around 25 yards out. The former Birmingham City midfielder brought the pass down on his chest before striking a sweetly hit volley into the left hand top corner. Great goal.
    • 84' CHANCE! Scott Sinclair skips past Wes Brown and fires a shot over the bar. Unlucky. That was a great effort.
    • 70' CHANCE! James McClean beats his man with a nice piece of skill, but his long range effort barely troubles Michel Vorm in the Swansea City goal.
    • 45+3' Half-time: Sunderland 1-0 Swansea City. The visitors dominated the opening period, but a moment of brilliance from Stephane Sessegnon is what seperates the two sides.
    • 40' CHANCE! Patient approach play from Swansea leads to a shot from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Deflection takes pace off the shot and it spins into the grasp of Simon Mignolet.
    • 31' CHANCE! Swansea forced to try long range efforts. Gylfi Sigardsson hits an ambitious effort wide from 25 yards. Simon Mignolet looked to have it covered.
    • 26' .... Spoke too soon. Gylfi Sigardsson chips a cross to the back post, where Danny Graham has pulled off David Bardsley... The Swans striker doesn't get enough on his header and it loops over the bar.
    • 14' GOAL! Stephane Sessegnon gives the home side the lead with a brilliant finish. From out on the left wing the Sunderland striker played a one-two with James McClean, before clipping a wonderful shot into the top right hand corner. Great goal. Sunderland 1-0 Swansea City.
    • 14' CHANCE! Nathan Dyer slides the ball across the face of the goal for an unmarked Scott Sinclair... But the winger blazes the ball over the bar.
    • 5' CHANCE! Kieran Richardson picks Seb Larsson out at the back post... And the Swede crashes a first time volley against the post from an acute angle. Close to the opening goal.

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.8 6
      Defenders
      6.2 7
      6.4 7
      7.5 8
      6.5 6
      Midfielders
      5.9 6
      Substitution Out79′ 5.7 7
      Substitution Out89′ 7 7
      Goal 8.6 7
      6.5 8
      Strikers
      Substitution Out12′ 4.4 6
      Subs
      Substitution In79′ Goal 6.6 7
      Substitution In12′ 6.8 6
      Substitution In89′ 5.1 5
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.2 6
      Defenders
      6.3 6
      5.9 6
      6.9 6
      5.1 6
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out78′ 6.6 6
      6.5 7
      7.3 6
      Substitution Out66′ 6.9 7
      7.3 7
      Strikers
      6.8 6
      Subs
      Substitution In78′ 5.6 5
      Substitution In66′ 5.9 5

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