Swansea 4 Sunderland 0

by James, Junior Black Cats reporter

Swans down the Black Cats in Poyet's first game.

Sunderland suffered a defeat in Gus Poyet’s first game as manager on Saturday when Swansea beat the Black Cats 4-0.

Steven Fletcher, Seb Larsson and Phil Bardsley returned to the first team fold, with Jozy Altidore, the ineligible Ki and Jack Colback making way for the trio.

The first half was good for the Black Cats, with Fletcher coming closest to scoring. However, seven minutes of madness in the second half saw Phil Bardsley put the ball into his own net, De Guzman score a wonder goal and Wilfried Bony net from the penalty spot before Chico Flores added a fourth.

It was Poyet’s side who started the brighter and Scottish striker Fletcher should have put the away side 1-0 up early into the game. Adam Johnson’s out-swinging corner fell to Fletcher and, ten yards out, most would have backed the frontman to hit the target but instead he sent the ball bouncing just wide of the goal.

Swansea then responded with a chance of their own as De Guzman flashed a 30-yard free kick just wide of Westwood’s near post. Full back Angel Rangel then went one better than De Guzman but, despite being on target, his effort was tame and trickled towards the Irishman in the visitors’ goal.

Both sides went in half time feeling content, but as the away side, Sunderland would have been happy with how the afternoon was going so far.

Bardsley, back from an extended period out of the first team picture, had a golden chance to put the Lads 1-0 up shortly into the second half, however, after good work from Emanuele Giaccherini the Scot sliced over.

The Black Cats were dealt a cruel blow just before the hour as De Guzman’s corner hit Bardsley’s leg and flashed past Westwood in the Sunderland goal.

This goal shook the Wearsiders as they began to sit deeper and, only a minute later, a tough job was turned into an impossible one as the Swans’ star player De Guzman received the ball outside the box and decided to pull the trigger - curling an exquisite shot under the crossbar and into the top corner of the net.

Substitute Borini, who had a loan spell with the Swans three years ago, could have halved the deficit minutes after coming on. Cattermole’s long ball from deep beat the Swansea defence only for Borini to lash his close range chance over Michel Vorm’s cross bar.

Westwood was keeping Sunderland in the game, making a world class save from a De Guzman close range volley.

However, Swansea then went 3-0 up on 64 minutes when Craig Gardner fouled Leon Britton in the penalty area and referee Craig Pawson duly pointed to the spot for Bony to score his first home goal since the opening day of the season, burying the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Ten minutes from time the final goal of the game was scored, again via a corner. From the same side as Bardsley’s own goal, the ball swung in and this time Chico Flores stooped to head home.

Sunderland team: Westwood, Celustka, Bardsley, O’Shea ©, Roberge, Cattermole, Gardner, Larsson, Johnson (Borini), Giaccherini (Colback), Fletcher (Jozy Altidore).

Subs not used: Mannone, Dossena, Cuellar and Vaughan.