Swansea give Poyet tough start

A flurry of second-half goals ensured a miserable start to life in the Premier League for Gus Poyet, as Swansea were 4-0 winners at home to Sunderland.

Last Updated: 20/10/13 at 15:15 Post Comment

Angel Rangel: The Swansea full-back celebrates after his side's opening goal

Angel Rangel: The Swansea full-back celebrates after his side's opening goal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The visitors enjoyed their share of the early possession and the best chance of the first half fell to Steven Fletcher, whose half-volley just evaded the post.

Swansea came closest to breaking the deadlock through a Jonathan de Guzman free-kick, but his curling effort from distance was unable to find the top corner.

After an evenly-matched start to the second half, the Swans eventually took the lead on 57 minutes when De Guzman's corner was inadvertently turned into his own net by Phil Bardsley.

Moments later Michael Laudrup's side doubled their advantage with a fine strike from De Guzman as the Dutchman collected the ball 25 yards out before curling past a helpless Keiren Westwood.

The Swans were then awarded the chance to make it three and put the game beyond Sunderland's reach when Leon Britton was tripped by Craig Gardner inside the area. Wilfried Bony calmly stepped up and slotted home for his first goal since the opening day (64).

Sunderland's misery was compounded 10 minutes from time when Chico Flores stooped to meet De Guzman's corner, with his header diverting off the legs of Fletcher and into the net.

Due to the international break, Poyet had only had his full squad available to him for a couple of days of meaningful preparation, but there had been some positive signs for the Black Cats during the early going.

But the manner in which they crumbled, conceding the first three goals in just seven second-half minutes, highlighted that Paolo Di Canio is not the sole reason Sunderland prop up the league table.

At times, they had looked relatively comfortable moving the ball around in a similar fashion to their manager's teams at Brighton, but they were helped no end by a sloppy Swansea start.

Chico had to make a crucial tackle to prevent Adam Johnson racing clear after a terrible pass by De Guzman, while Fletcher should have had the Black Cats ahead a few minutes later.

Swansea were caught sleeping at a corner as Johnson found Fletcher unmarked, but the Scotland forward could not control his half-volley and his shot flew wide.

A De Guzman free-kick flew just wide of Westwood's post, but it was as close as Swansea came as Sunderland dropped men deep around their 18-yard box to frustrate their hosts.

Bardsley should have scored at the correct end early in the second half, but slipped after Emanuele Giaccherini's ball had run all the way across the box.

But Swansea, with some harsh words from their manager ringing in their ears, were soon creating clear chances at regular intervals.

Firstly Michu blazed a volley over after good work by Bony, before the Ivorian failed to convert Angel Rangel's low cross from six yards.

The opener duly arrived in the 57th minute, although there was a healthy dose of luck involved.

Rangel flicked on De Guzman's corner where it hit the unfortunate Bardsley to beat Westwood.

The Black Cats had no time to settle before the deficit doubled, De Guzman curling home a beautiful effort from the edge of the area to rival his stunning strike in Valencia last month.

Westwood then made a sharp stop to deny the Holland international's volley, but it was 3-0 in the 64th minute as Gardner brought down Britton to give Swansea a first Premier League penalty in 56 games.

Bony made no mistake from the spot for his sixth Swansea goal, before Chico bundled in a header off the legs of Fletcher from another superb De Guzman set-piece 10 minutes from time to give the Welsh club their biggest home win in the Premier League and leave Poyet with plenty to ponder.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 20 May 2015
19:45
Arsenal 0-0 S'land Report
Monday, 18 May 2015
20:00
W Brom 3-0 Chelsea Report
Sunday, 17 May 2015
16:00
Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal  
13:30
Swansea 2-4 Man City  
Saturday, 16 May 2015
17:30
Liverpool 1-3 C Palace  
15:00
Burnley 0-0 Stoke  
QPR 2-1 Newcastle Report
S'land 0-0 Leicester  
Tottenham 2-0 Hull City  
West Ham 1-2 Everton  

Footer 365

Steve McClaren set to be removed from Derby role on Friday

Steve McClaren is set to leave his post as Derby manager later on Friday, Sky sources understand.

West Ham: No Monday meeting for Sam Allardyce who is off on a family holiday

Sam Allardyce accepts that his future as manager of West Ham will be decided on Monday “one way or other.”

Arsene Wenger confirms midfielder Tomas Rosicky will remain at Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed midfielder Tomas Rosicky will remain at the club next season.

Mail Box

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

England Have Four Proper Good Players...

Let's see if you can guess who they are, according to one mailboxer. we also have lots on Raheem Sterling and some views on breaking down defences and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company