Jermain Defoe bagged his second goal in three matches since signing for Sunderland, but it was only good for a point as Ki Sung-Yeung scored in his first match back from international duty to share the spoils.
It was an ugly one early on, with the only true effort on goal in the first 20 minutes a 25-yard effort from Bafetimbi Gomis that never had a chance. Jack Cork also picked up himself a yellow card in the opening 15 minutes.
Finally, after 27 minutes of drab, the game finally had something to latch onto. A Jonjo Shelvey free-kick from way far out seemed foreboding on 25 minutes despite sliding all the way through to the keeper weakly, that man helped deliver the opening chance for Swansea. Shelvey broke down the middle, and he slid the ball to Nathan Dyer in the box. The ball squirted through Dyer to Gomis free on goal but Costel Pantilimon came off his line well to smother Gomis and the chance.
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Swansea had another chance just after the half-hour mark for Gomis as Modou Barrow picked out Dyer on the right wing, but his dangerous cross for Gomis was just too far for the Frenchman to connect with his sliding attempt. They’d be punished for their wastefulness.
Jermain Defoe picked up the ball 15 yards past the midline and burst forward. The English striker scythed through the heart of the Swansea defense all the way into the box, cut across Federico Fernandez’s face, and ripped past Lukas Fabianski for his second Sunderland goal, passing Jozy Altidore’s Premier League goal tally in just three matches and giving Sunderland the first-half lead.
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Ki nearly had a goal earlier, but he was caught offsides on Shelvey’s free-kick four minutes before halftime despite putting the ball in the back of the net.
After the break, Swansea controlled the ball, but didn’t do much as the clock ticked past the hour mark. Finally they had a chance, and it paid off. A cross from new signing Kyle Naughton found Ki Sung-Yeung in the box, and the Korean – fresh back from his time at the Asian Cup – headed past Pantilimon at the back post. He’d beaten John O’Shea, who was thrown off by the pair of Ki and Fernandez both in the same area in the box.
The points for each sees Sunderland pull to 24 points, two above West Brom and two back of Crystal Palace, while Swansea also remains in their spot on 9th in the table.
Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor (Rangel 67′), Ki, Cork, Dyer, Shelvey (Oliveria 79′), Barrow (Montero 46′), Gomis.
Goals: Ki 66′
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Reveillere, O’Shea, Vergini, van Aanholt, Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Alvarez (Johnson 65′), Graham (Fletcher 76′), Defoe.
Goals: Defoe 42′