Premier League
Swansea3Sunderland0

Swansea City 3-0 Sunderland

Sigurdsson scores for Swansea
Sigurdsson has now had a hand in 47% of Swansea's Premier League goals in 2016 (14 goals and 7 assists - 21 of 45)

Swansea City climbed off the bottom of the Premier League with a vital and comprehensive victory over fellow strugglers Sunderland.

After an edgy goalless first half in sodden conditions, Gylfi Sigurdsson's calm penalty put the Swans ahead and eased the tension inside the Liberty Stadium.

Sigurdsson's clever corner set up Fernando Llorente for their second, and the Spaniard headed in a late third to give Bob Bradley a precious second win as manager.

Swansea are now out of the relegation zone and up to 17th, while Sunderland replace them at the foot of the table.

The result is a setback for David Moyes' visitors, who had won three of their previous four matches.

For Swansea, meanwhile, a third victory of the season is a significant lift having endured their worst start to a season in any division since 1983.

Turning point for Bradley?

Despite being the newest appointment in the Premier League, Bradley was already under pressure having won only one of his first seven games in charge.

The American had said he was not concerned about his future but admitted this game was the most important of his tenure.

Bob Bradley
Bradley was under pressure following last weekend's 5-0 thrashing by Tottenham

Bradley made five changes from Swansea's previous outing, a shambolic 5-0 thrashing at Tottenham, and his alterations were vindicated.

The Swans were calmer in possession with Angel Rangel at right-back and captain Leon Britton restored in midfield, while Llorente's recall gave their attack a much-needed focal point.

The hosts shaded an uneventful first half but it was not until the early stages of the second that they truly took control of the game, scoring two goals in a three-minute period which could prove to be a turning point in their season.

After Sigurdsson's penalty gave Swansea the lead following Jason Denayer's handball, the Iceland midfielder was at the heart of the action moments later, as his low corner found Llorente, whose sweeping finish sparked ecstatic celebrations.

Sunderland bottom again

Sunderland had no answer to Swansea's rampant second-half display.

The visitors had seemed content to sit back and play for a draw in a tight first half and, although they were relatively untroubled at that point, they unravelled under pressure.

After falling behind, Moyes' men looked panicked in defence and could barely muster a counter-attack in response.

Victor Anichebe
The Black Cats have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League games.

Having scored eight of Sunderland's 14 Premier League goals this season, it was no wonder Jermain Defoe was identified by Bradley as the visitors' most potent threat.

The 34-year-old scored a hat-trick when Sunderland won 4-2 at Swansea last season - but he was starved of service as the Black Cats undid their recent good work with a damaging defeat which leaves them bottom of the table, albeit still only a point adrift of safety.

Man of the match - Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson
If Swansea stay up, it will be because of this man. Scored the first, assisted the second and, as ever, was the creative heartbeat of the Swans. He has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight league games for Swansea.

What the managers said

Media playback is not supported on this device

Bradley 'satisfied' with Swansea win

Swansea boss Bob Bradley to BBC Sport: "The word we used with the players this week was pride, and we wanted to change it to intensity and a clean sheet. I am satisfied with that.

"It is a good feeling to get on top. It has not happened enough this season. It helps and gets the supporters behind us. The atmosphere starts to change. The momentum goes through the team and that is what we really need right now.

"It shows the supporters are with the team. It has been a tough time but they know how to support the players. They were there for us. It is important that we enjoy the moment but we cannot lose focus. We need to build on this result."

Media playback is not supported on this device

'Tight penalty decision' turned game - Moyes

Sunderland manager David Moyes, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was frustrating. We didn't play particularly well and we didn't take a couple of opportunities.

"We should have created more chances. We had one or two moments, but it was a tough game and circumstances as well.

"If you get the first goal, it always gives you confidence. The game turned on a tight decision. The cross was only two or three yards away from [Denayer] when it came in. That said, I don't think he should have had his hands up there. It was a big call."

A first loss against Swansea for Moyes

  • Swansea have now won two of their past three Premier League games, after winning none of their first five under Bob Bradley (D2 L3).
  • In his seventh league meeting with Swansea, David Moyes suffered his first loss (W5 D1 L1).
  • The Swans have netted eight goals in their past two home league games, more than they managed in their previous seven.
  • Sunderland failed to score for the fifth time in their past six away games in the Premier League (just two goals in total).
  • All five of Fernando Llorente's Premier League goals have been at Liberty Stadium.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson created six chances in this game; no Swansea player has created more in a Premier League home game.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22RangelBooked at 60mins
  • 6Mawson
  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Britton
  • 56Fulton
  • 15Routledge
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forMonteroat 77'minutes
  • 9LlorenteSubstituted forMcBurnieat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 8Fer
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 20Montero
  • 24Cork
  • 26Naughton
  • 62McBurnie

Sunderland

  • 13Pickford
  • 2Jones
  • 23Koné
  • 5Djilobodji
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forJanuzajat 55'minutes
  • 17NdongBooked at 18minsSubstituted forKirchhoffat 57'minutes
  • 4DenayerBooked at 43mins
  • 20PienaarSubstituted forManquilloat 85'minutes
  • 28Anichebe
  • 18Defoe

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 9Borini
  • 10Khazri
  • 16O'Shea
  • 21Manquillo
  • 27Kirchhoff
  • 44Januzaj
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
20,453

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 3, Sunderland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Sunderland 0.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Papy Djilobodji.

Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj.

Attempt saved. Jason Denayer (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Javier Manquillo replaces Steven Pienaar.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Oliver McBurnie replaces Fernando Llorente because of an injury.

Offside, Swansea City. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Jefferson Montero is caught offside.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj with a cross.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 3, Sunderland 0. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

Victor Anichebe (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Modou Barrow.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Adnan Januzaj.

Offside, Sunderland. Jordan Pickford tries a through ball, but Victor Anichebe is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jay Fulton (Swansea City).

Victor Anichebe (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

Steven Pienaar (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Papy Djilobodji.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Jordi Amat (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).

Booking

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

Steven Pienaar (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Lamine Koné.

Attempt blocked. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Jan Kirchhoff replaces Didier Ndong.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Adnan Januzaj replaces Sebastian Larsson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal15104136152134
2Chelsea14111232112134
3Liverpool1493235181730
4Man City1593332191330
5Tottenham1476124101427
6Man Utd145631916321
7Watford156362126-521
8West Brom145542017320
9Everton155551919020
10Stoke155461722-519
11Bournemouth155372125-418
12Southampton144551315-217
13Burnley155281525-1017
14Leicester154472126-516
15Crystal Palace154382729-215
16Middlesbrough143651315-215
17Swansea153391931-1212
18West Ham143381529-1412
19Hull153391432-1812
20Sunderland1532101427-1311
View full Premier League table

Top Stories