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Three goals in seven minutes contributed to a nightmare start for Gus Poyet as Sunderland manager in a 4-0 defeat at Swansea City.
The visitors had turned in a disciplined defensive display in the opening 45 minutes, but a Phil Bardsley own goal was swiftly followed by a superb Jonathan de Guzman finish and a Wilfried Bony spot-kick after the break. Another own goal, this time by Steven Fletcher, gave Swansea their first win over Sunderland since 1982 and a first at home since March, leaving Poyet’s men rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
The hosts were without captain Ashley Williams, who remains sidelined with an ankle injury, but Ben Davies recovered from a hamstring problem in time to make the starting line-up. Michael Laudrup made two changes to the side who lost 2-0 at Southampton a fortnight ago, with De Guzman and Leon Britton coming in for Jonjo Shelvey and Jose Canas. Poyet brought Bardsley, Sebastian Larsson and Fletcher, who was returning from a shoulder injury, in for Jack Colback, Jozy Altidore and loanee Ki Sung-Yueng, who was unavailable for selection against his parent club.
Bardsley, who was making his first appearance of the season, made an early impression as he was booked for a reckless challenge on Nathan Dyer. Sunderland were soon making more positive moves as Fletcher fired a left-foot strike narrowly wide from an Adam Johnson corner within the opening 15 minutes.
With Swansea struggling to find their stride, the visitors continued to press. Larsson hooked the ball from a seemingly lost cause into the penalty area from a tight angle, only to see goalkeeper Michel Vorm beat Fletcher to the cross.
The hosts had to wait until just after the half-hour for a shot at goal, but De Guzman sent his 25-yard free-kick beyond the right post as an even first half ended goalless.
Bardsley had a chance to mark his return with a goal shortly after the break, but scooped his effort over from six yards after a cross from the right. Swansea soon began to find the flow that had eluded them in the first half and, after decent chances for Dyer and Bony, they broke the deadlock in the 55th minute as Bardsley diverted the ball into his own net from a corner. It was the Swans' 100th goal in the Barclays Premier League.
The home side doubled their lead within a minute as De Guzman got a sight of goal from 20 yards and curled a wonderful effort in the top right corner of the net. They were three up six minutes later. Craig Gardner brought down Britton just inside the penalty area, allowing Bony the chance to send the ball beyond Keiren Westwood from the spot.
Swansea completed the rout in the 80th minute, as Chico Flores met a corner to send the ball past Westwood via a Fletcher deflection.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup: "We've done well. But it's true that this was the first win at home in the league this season. We can always go in and talk about fixtures and who you've played against, but we've played against three of the top teams [Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal]. But when people start to talk about things like that, it's better to turn it down immediately, and the only way you can do that in this case is by winning.
"For me, it was a great win because it was a very difficult game. The first half was very, very difficult. To be fair, we didn't make it easy for ourselves in the way we played. There was not enough movement, we weren't quick enough and we didn't move the ball around as fast as we could.
"As a team we did not perform that well in the first half, but I knew that the players really wanted to win this game and we tried to change some things at half-time, and I think it changed completely. It always helps to score a goal."
"Credit to Sunderland. I knew it would be difficult, with a new manager, everybody wanted to please him and to give him a very good impression so they could be in the starting XI from now on."
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet: "We thought that we talked enough with the players that have been here for the last two weeks about what's been happening, especially in the second-half performances.
"There are things that you can train and there are things that you need to talk about and cannot recreate, but it's happened again. The first-half performance was alright, but the second half was dramatically different and, at this level, when you play against a team that has been playing one kind of football for so long and believe in what they do, it's not going to be easy. I learned a lot from my players and I learned a lot in the second half."
"The rest of the game I was very pleased because we've been trying to be organised, difficult to beat, and not allow the opposition to create anything. But then we go into the second half and do completely the opposite. It's so opposite that it's even difficult to explain.
"We need to turn that performance [the first half] into 90 minutes as soon as possible, because time goes past and games pass by and we're still at the bottom. We can't keep saying 'When you're at the bottom, things go against you.' You need to make sure that you take responsibility and become better.
"We need to make sure that we maintain the level of concentration for the whole game. At the end of the day, it's about being strong mentally on the pitch."
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