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  • Date:21 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stadium of Light
  • Attendance:36,904
  • Sessegnon (13) Gardner (84)

Live Commentary


Effort from long distance by Lee Cattermole goes wide right of the goal. Ahmed Elmohamady joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastian Larsson.


Sebastian Larsson decides to take a short corner.


Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh McEachran. Free kick taken by Neil Taylor.


A goal is scored by Craig Gardner from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-0 Swansea.Stephane Sessegnon provided the assist for the goal.


Scott Sinclair takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.


Connor Wickham produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.


Wayne Routledge replaces Leon Britton. Craig Gardner replaces David Vaughan.


Shot from just outside the penalty box by Leon Britton misses to the left of the target.


Header from close in by Stephane Sessegnon misses to the left of the goal.


David Vaughan takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.


Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Allen. Steven Caulker takes the direct free kick.


Kieran Richardson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer. Direct free kick taken by Angel Rangel.


Steven Caulker challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wes Brown takes the free kick.


Gylfi Sigurdsson leaves the field to be replaced by Josh McEachran.


Ashley Williams challenges Connor Wickham unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.


Steven Caulker takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Brown.


Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line to the near post, Lee Cattermole manages to make a clearance.


Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the outswinging corner, Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.


Free kick awarded for a foul by David Vaughan on Joe Allen. Gylfi Sigurdsson has an effort direct from the free kick, Simon Mignolet makes a save.


Unfair challenge on Simon Mignolet by Ashley Williams results in a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.


Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen. Shot comes in from Gylfi Sigurdsson from the free kick, blocked by Lee Cattermole.

46:30 +1.30

Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

45:32 +0.32

Outswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line played to the near post, Connor Wickham makes a clearance.


Effort from outside the penalty box by Danny Graham goes wide right of the goal.


Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.


Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Lee Cattermole gets a block in.


Effort from outside the penalty area by Gylfi Sigurdsson goes wide left of the target.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Connor Wickham. Indirect free kick taken by Angel Rangel.


Kieran Richardson challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan Dyer takes the free kick.


Danny Graham has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Caulker by Connor Wickham. Direct free kick taken by Steven Caulker.


Scott Sinclair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing. David Vaughan takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.


Stephane Sessegnon grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from James McClean.


Strike by Scott Sinclair from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.


James McClean challenges Ashley Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Connor Wickham coming on for Nicklas Bendtner. Michel Vorm takes the direct free kick.


Unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner by Angel Rangel results in a free kick. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.


Joe Allen challenges Phillip Bardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.


Effort from close range by Sebastian Larsson strikes the post.

Match Preview

Formation:442Manager: Martin O'Neill


Formation: 4321Manager: Brendan Rodgers


  • Simon Mignolet
  • Phillip Bardsley
  • John O'Shea
  • Wes Brown
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Lee Cattermole
  • David Vaughan
  • James McClean
  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • Stephane Sessegnon
  • SUBS
  • Keiren Westwood
  • Michael Turner
  • Craig Gardner
  • Connor Wickham
  • Dong-Won Ji
  • David Meyler
  • Ahmed Elmohamady



Match Report

Black Cats clip Swans' wings Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner brought Swansea back down to earth as Sunderland returned to winning ways in a 2-0 success. The Benin international fired the Black Cats ahead in stunning fashion with 14 minutes gone, and substitute Gardner made sure of the three points with an equally adept finish five minutes from time. Martin O'Neill's men were forced to defend for long periods, particularly before the break, as the visitors attempted to build on last weekend's Barclays Premier League victory over Arsenal. However, they were unable to make the pressure count when they were in the ascendancy and the home side saw out time relatively comfortably to the delight of the bulk of a crowd of 36,904. Sunderland owner and chairman Ellis Short has written of the "tremendous impact" O'Neill has had since his arrival on Wearside in December, and the curve remains very much upward with his side having lost just two of the nine games they have played under the Ulsterman. The Black Cats ran out determined to avenge last weekend's 1-0 reverse at Chelsea, and they started in promising fashion. Despite the difficult conditions on a cold, blustery Wearside afternoon, they did not allow Swansea to settle into their passing game. They might have been ahead as early as the fifth minute when Sebastian Larsson met Kieran Richardson's left-wing cross with a powerfully-struck volley at the far post, but saw his effort come back off the upright. O'Neill was dealt a blow when he was forced to replace striker Nicklas Bendtner with teenager Connor Wickham after the Dane had been accidentally caught in the face by Angel Rangel's boot. But Sunderland might have fallen behind within seconds of the newcomer's arrival when Gylfi Sigurdsson, not for the first-time, slipped the ball in behind full-back Richardson for Nathan Dyer to deliver a low cross. Danny Graham failed to make contact in front of goal, but the ball ran to Scott Sinclair behind the far post and he skied his effort well over. The visitors were made to pay within seconds when Sessegnon cut inside from the left and after exchanging passes with James McClean, curled a deft right-foot shot across keeper Michel Vorm and high into the top corner. David Vaughan blazed over from 22 yards five minutes later as the home side threatened to kill the game off, but as the initial storm abated, the visitors belatedly found their feet. Icelandic international Sigurdsson and Joe Allen started to get to grips with the midfield battle and as Sunderland repeatedly surrendered possession far too cheaply, it was the Welsh side who started to dominate. Graham was unable to direct Sigurdsson's 26th-minute cross at goal, but keeper Simon Mignolet was grateful to see the midfielder's dipping effort from distance drop just wide five minutes later. Sigurdsson saw a 39th-minute shot blocked by Lee Cattermole and scuffed a second straight at Mignolet seconds later with Sunderland pinned back deep inside their own half. O'Neill was clearly unhappy with his side's performance as the half drew to a close, and the whistle arrived as something of a relief. His side returned in far more positive mood to put the visitors under pressure, and they almost broke through again with 51 minutes gone. Sessegnon's enterprising run allowed him to feed Larsson on the right and when the Swede sent in an inviting cross, the former only just failed to connect with an overhead kick. The ball broke to Wickham, whose effort was blocked, as was Vaughan's follow-up, and Swansea eventually managed to scramble clear. But once again, the visitors responded and after Sigurdsson had wasted a 55th-minute free-kick, he forced a good save from Mignolet with a second three minutes later. Loan signing Josh McEachran arrived as a 66th-minute replacement for Sigurdsson with his side labouring in the search for an equaliser. They came close to falling further behind 15 minutes from time when Sessegnon dived to meet McClean's cross with a firm header, but the ball flew just wide. Wayne Routledge and Gardner arrived as 78th-minute replacements for Leon Britton and David Vaughan as Brendan Rodgers looked for greater creativity and O'Neill attempted to tighten things up. Wickham came close to cementing the victory when he fired just wide from the loose ball after getting the better of an aerial challenge with Ashley Williams, but Gardner wrapped up the points with a fine volley five minutes from time.

Form Guide

  • Sunderland
  • VS
  • Swansea

Last Meetings

  • Swansea
  • 0 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 27/08/2011
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 19/03/1983
  • Swansea
  • 3 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 06/11/1982
  • Sunderland
  • 0 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 20/02/1982
  • Swansea
  • 2 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 26/09/1981

Top Scorers


  • S Larsson 5
  • S Sessegnon 4
  • N Bendtner 3
  • DO Vaughan 2
  • K Richardson 2
  • C Gardner 2
  • D Ji 2
  • W Brown 1
  • T Bramble 1
  • J McClean 1
  • J Colback 1
  • C Wickham 1
  • A Elmohamady 1


  • D Graham 7
  • N Dyer 3
  • L Lita 2
  • S Sinclair 2
  • J Allen 2
  • A Williams 1
  • W Routledge 1
  • L Moore 1



    • Total goals 51
    • Goals per game 27
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 23
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins