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Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City

By Pete OliverBBC Sport
Angel Rangel is sent off at Sunderland
Angel Rangel received a second booking for a foul on Will Buckley
  • Sunderland without a win in seven league games
  • Swansea avoid third straight league defeat
  • Swansea defender Rangel Angel sent off
  • Sunderland miss late chances to win

Sunderland are still looking for their first Premier League win of the season after a dour stalemate with Swansea.

The Black Cats have drawn five of their first six games, while Swansea gained a first point in three matches despite Angel Rangel's late red card.

Rangel was booked after an hour and earned his second caution for a foul on Will Buckley with 10 minutes to go.

Connor Wickham and substitute Steven Fletcher almost won it for Sunderland late on but both headed off target.

Neither player has scored in the Premier League this season to underline the problem facing Gus Poyet's side.

Wickham's burst of five goals in three games towards the end of last season was instrumental in Sunderland staying up.

Sunderland - Premier League draw specialists
Gus Poyet's men have drawn five out of six league games this season
27 Sep: Swansea (h) D0-030 Aug: QPR (a) L0-1
20 Sep: Burnley (a) D0-024 Aug: Man Utd (h) D1-1
13 Sep: Tottenham (h) D2-216 Aug: West Brom (a) D2-2

They won four games in a row - including at Chelsea and Manchester United - to complete a remarkable escape.

That run was ended on the final day of the season by Swansea and Sunderland have not been able to win since.

The Swans have been something of a bogey side, losing to the Black Cats only once in the Premier League in seven games.

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And they frustrated the Wearsiders again to stop the rot after two league defeats - but rarely threatened Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone with Bafetimbi Gomis, preferred to Wilfried Bony, unable to claim his first Premier League goal.

Lukasz Fabianski was slightly busier at the other end, saving well at the foot of a post early on from Adam Johnson, who connected with a well-struck angled shot.

The former Arsenal keeper then made another alert stop to turn away a header from Santiago Vergini.

Defender Vergini clipped Wayne Routledge in the box just after half-time when the Swans winger might have had a penalty.

But neither side created anything clear-cut until the final 15 minutes.

Wickham should have done better with a heading chance from Seb Larsson cross but put his effort over the top.

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And Sunderland then pressed for a late winner after Angel had been dismissed.

The defender was cautioned for throwing the ball away after an hour and then picked up a further caution for blocking off Buckley.

And three minutes later substitute Fletcher headed wide from Ricardo Alvarez's cross to keep Sunderland waiting for their first three points.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "What do we have to do to win a football game? We did everything.

"We were the better team 11 v 11. We created chances and we were the team looking to get that winning goal.

"When they had a man sent off it was even more like that but we can't put the ball in the net and take advantage of our game."

Swansea manager Gary Monk: "It was definitely a good point the way the game panned out and going down to 10 men.

"I think the first booking was for throwing the ball away and the second one was 50-50. Sometimes it's a yellow and sometimes it's not but with this referee today I thought it would definitely be a yellow and so I can't complain."

Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski denies Sunderland's Billy Jones
Sunderland defender Billy Jones started his first Premier League game for the club following his summer signing from West Bromwich Albion
Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis gets away from Sunderland defender John O'Shea
Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis is still looking for his first Premier League goals since signing from Lyon in the summer
Ashley Williams and Connor Wickham
Sunderland striker Connor Wickham is still to score in the Premier League after being shackled by Ashley Williams
Connor Wickham
Wickham had an excellent chance to break his duck but headed over late on

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 25Mannone
  • 2JonesBooked at 75mins
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'Shea
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 44mins
  • 30Buckley
  • 7Larsson
  • 8RodwellSubstituted forGomez Garcia-Pencheat 58'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forÁlvarezat 66'minutes
  • 10WickhamSubstituted forFletcherat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 4Bridcutt
  • 9Fletcher
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 17Altidore
  • 18Mavrias
  • 20Álvarez

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22RangelBooked at 81mins
  • 33Fernández
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 50mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Shelvey
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 12DyerSubstituted forMonteroat 66'minutes
  • 23G SigurdssonSubstituted forRichardsat 82'minutes
  • 15Routledge
  • 18GomisSubstituted forBonyat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Bony
  • 11Emnes
  • 14Carroll
  • 20Montero
  • 25Tremmel
  • 27Bartley
  • 29Richards
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
41,325

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Swansea City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Swansea City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

  4. Post update

    Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

  6. Post update

    Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ki Sung-Yueng.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

  14. Post update

    Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ricardo Álvarez with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Ashley Richards replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  18. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Angel Rangel (Swansea City) for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

  20. Post update

    William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.