Cats hold off Swans for draw.
Both teams came together for a mid week match. The game was close and there were no real opportunities for both sides.
The match could have been very different if a decision was made on 5 minutes. Swansea were attacking and Itay Shecter managed to turn John O’Shea in the box. Shecter was then tripped by the Sunderland captain but thankfully for the 35,000 Sunderland fans, the ref didn’t see the challenge and played on.
The 2-2 draw between these sides back in September was more eventful than this game as Sunderland only managed to seriously trouble the ‘keeper once. Seb Larsson had a free kick from a tight angle just outside the box, nearer to the corner flag than the D. however, he still managed to curl the ball and forced Tremmel, Swansea’s No.2, to palm the ball away from danger.
Swansea, in the final stages, had two brilliant opportunities to send their 250 fans, which had made the long midweek trip from South Wales, happy with all three points. However, Dyer and sub Graham couldn’t make those chances count.
Dyer managed to get the ball off the SAFC midfield and played in bargain buy Michu. The attacker played the ball back to Dyer, now stationed 8 yards out, but the midfielder dragged his shot just wide shortly before the end.
In injury time the Swans had an even better chance to win the game. The ball was crossed in and Michu managed to head it down to Striker Danny Graham. The local man was a few yards out and managed to get a shot away. However, Bramble made a crucial intervention and secured Sunderland the point.
A point a piece was a fair result after the final whistle but Sunderland will be hoping for a much improved display against relegation strugglers Reading at the weekend. The Black Cats make the trip to the Royals’ home ground on Saturday.
Simon Mignolet, Craig Gardner, Jack Colback, John O’Shea ©, Titus Bramble, Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, Seb Larsson, Alfred N’Diaye, David Vaughan and Steven Fletcher.
Gerhard Tremmel, Dwight Tiendelli, Ben Davies, Chico, Ashley Williams ©, Pablo Hernandez, Leon Britton, Nathan Dyer, Jonathon De Guzman, Michu and Itay Shecter.