SUN
SWA
17:50
And that's full-time here. A fairly decent win for Swansea, and some encouragement for Garry Monk. Sunderland weren't desperately poor, although they'll surely need yet another squad overhaul if they're not to be fighting relegation again next season. Perhaps they might buy the creative midfielder they've been lacking for my entire lifetime. Oh, and elsewhere, City win the league. Enjoy your Sunday.
90'
Altidore is put clean through, but can't quite fashion a shot before he and the ball are brought down in the area. Some half-hearted appeals for a penalty, but nothing doing. Jozy continues with his trademark 'ooh, ow, i'm injured' rolling around post-sitter-missed.
89'
Were Norwich beating Arsenal 23-0, this would be a disastrous result for Sunderland. But they aren't, so it isn't. It's been an odd match - they've not been 'thumped 3-1 at home' bad, but they certainly haven't deserved to get anything from the game either.
84'
Almost a case of commentators' ironic curse as Altidore lets fly from range on the turn, the sort of effort that is usually sliced towards the corner flag but it only flies a few inches wide of the top corner.
84'
 
Final substitution for Sunderland - John O'Shea is off, Jozy 'Hitman' Altidore is on.
Sunderland Substitution
81'
Another free-kick for Sunderland, but Borini blazes it miles over.
78'
It's a slow end to what has been a fairly interesting game. Johnson seems determined to score the goal of the season in the dying minutes, but he's not getting very close to doing so.
Swansea City Substitution
75'
A poor clearance falls to Adam Johnson, who attempts something ridiculous with a quick bit of keepy-up before sending a dipping volley speeding towards goal. Unfortunately for him, it's right at Tremmel.
Swansea City Substitution
73'
Oof - Johnson was very close there. He let fly from what looked like far too far out, and his shot was low, but it bounced only inches wide of the post, with Tremmel arriving too late.
71'
 
Another player who could have played his last game for Sunderland goes off. Larsson is withdrawn for Ba.
Sunderland Substitution
70'
Larsson whips it in, but Tremmel manages to stop it on the line and Swansea's defence holds firm again.
68'
 
Jordi Amat deservedly goes in the book for a poor challenge and Sunderland have an opportunity to get back into it from the free-kick...
65'
Excellent passing from Sunderland, but the zip in their play expires as they reach the penalty area. Eventually, Johnson lashes one from disatance, but it's high and wide.
64'
 
And here is that sub, although it seems an odd one. Phil Bardsley is off, Ondrej Celustka is on. That could be Bardsley's last game for Sunderland - his contract expires this summer.
Sunderland Substitution
61'
The game is looking once again disjointed - Sunderland will surely need to make a sub or two soon.
58'
Sunderland have a free kick in a dangerous position, but Larsson's delivery is too deep and Brown heads well over.
56'
 
Substitution for Swansea - goalscorer Emnes off, Jonathan de Guzman on.
Swansea City Substitution
54'
 
GOAL! And now Swansea restore their advantage. It's Wilfried Bony with a fine goal, collecting a loose ball and turning before putting a fine finish beyond Mannone, low and in off the post. It looks like being an impressive victory for Garry Monk.
Swansea City Goal

Bottom Left

50'
Sunderland almost score again right away! They pour forward to roars from the home fans and Johnson cuts inside from the right but sees his shot blocked, and Swansea eventually get it clear.
Sunderland Goal

Bottom Right

49'
 
GOAL! Sunderland are right back in it now, thanks to Fabio Borini, who scores his tenth goal of the season. Adam Johnson's corner finds him and he takes advantage of some lax marking from the visitors to glance a header just past Tremmel.
46'
We're back underway at the Stadium of Light. No changes for either side.
16:47
Peep! It's half-time here at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland haven't been diabolical, but they are deservedly two behind to a Swansea side who have played very well in Garry Monk's first game in charge since becoming their manager on a permanent basis. Much to ponder for Gus Poyet in the next few minutes.
43'
Another long-range effort from Bardsley, this time just nicking the crossbar, as Tremmel made sure on its way over. They still don't look especially like scoring, the hosts.
41'
This is fantastically dull now. Swansea are still looking comfortable. That reckless yellow card aside, Fulton has looked rather decent.
38'
Bardsley is Sunderland's main attacking outlet here, and I suspect that if they do not change that, then they will not score. Again he cuts in and tries his luck from range with his right. Again it's off-target.
35'
After such a lively start, things have died right down. Swansea are back on top, and look more like the home side here. Perhaps Gus Poyet will look to shift things around at half-time.
31'
Sunderland's pressure has waned now. They may well regret not making the most of that lengthy spell of dominance.
27'
Sunderland hit the post! Sebastian Larsson sends in a wicked delivery from the left and it takes a nick off Bartley before hitting the post, before Swansea eventually clear. Much better from the hosts, this.
24'
Sunderland having some pressure now. Bardsley tries to welly one in from range, but it's blocked, before Adam Johnson's cross is well held by Gerhard Tremmel.
23'
Much better from Sunderland, who get some quick passing on the go to release Bardsley down the wing, but his cross is woeful and Swansea easily clear.
19'
 
Jay Fulton produces a challenge that is acceptable in Falkirk, but only when out on a Saturday night. He goes in the book for his challenge.
16'
Bardsley gets hacked down by Dwight Tiendalli, who appeared to get much more man than ball, but the referee isn't interested and Sunderland get a mere corner, which comes to nothing.
14'
 
GOAL! What a strike! It's absolutely brilliant from Marvin Emnes, of all people. Wilfried Bony supplies him with a fine pass and he spins away from John O'Shea to make the former Manchester United man look distinctly carthorsey, before absolutely battering it back Mannone. A great goal.
Swansea City Goal

Bottom Center

11'
Sunderland look frankly poor here. Not so poor that they're likely to ship the twenty or so goals Norwich will need to stay up, but rubbish nonetheless.
8'
 
GOAL! A fine pass from Wayne Routledge sees Nathan Dyer set free, cutting inside from the right and he produces a gorgeous finish, a lollipop or two before dinking it over Vito Mannone in his stride. Lovely stuff, and Swansea lead.
Swansea City Goal

Top Left

6'
Jonjo Shelvey chips the ball forward for Wilfried Bony in the Sunderland area, but Wes Brown deals with it smartly.
5'
Phil Bardsley is released with a fine pass down the left channel, and attempts to cut inside and shoot but sees his effort blocked.
3'
Both teams spreading the play nicely but without looking particularly gung-ho so far. The sun is out on Wearside, the rain stopping just as the game kicked off.
1'
And we're underway. Nothing at stake here, so let's hope both teams go for it.
15:50
Not long to go now. One thing at least for this game, we're unlikely to experience any tedious plane banners.
15:35
Santiago Vergini is one of those strange almost random Premier League Argentinians, except this one looks like it might actually work out. Is Claudio Yacob the only other one? The list of failures is long.
15:27
So, Garry Monk celebrates earning a professional contract by fielding Jay Fulton for his debut. Another scot, Adam King, takes his place on the bench, while there a total of six changes overall. There's not much messing about from Gus Poyet, in contrast: Sunderland line up pretty much as expected.
15:21
SUNDERLAND: Mannone, Vergini, Bardsley, Brown, O'Shea, Bridcutt, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Wickham. Subs: Celustka, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Mavrias, Agnew, Ustari. /// SWANSEA: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Amat, Bartley, Taylor, Fulton, Shelvey, Dyer, Emnes, Routledge, Bony. Subs: Cornell, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, King, Vazquez.
15:18
With much of the intrigue going on in the Premier League focusing on the slim chance of Manchester City letting Liverpool in, and beyond that Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur looking for the Europa League, Sunderland and Swansea can afford to relax a bit. Things looked dodgy for both sides for a while - in the former's case, a long while - but with both sides safe, they can celebrate together in the sun. Isn't that nice?

Starting Line-ups

Sunderland
Swansea City
    • 25
      Mannone
    • Phil Bardsley
    • 5
      Brown
    • 16
      C
      O'Shea
    • Vergini
    • 4
      Bridcutt
    • Borini
    • Colback
    • 7
      Larsson
    • 11
      Adam Johnson
    • 10
      Wickham
Team Manager:  Dick Advocaat
    • Bony
    • 12
      Dyer
    • 11
      Emnes
    • 15
      Routledge
    • 8
      Shelvey
    • 56
      Jay Fulton
    • 19
      Tiendalli
    • 2
      Amat
    • 27
      Bartley
    • 3
      C
      Taylor
    • 25
      Tremmel
Team Manager:  Garry Monk
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