Gus Poyet got a rude awakening in his first match in charge of Sunderland, as his side were well and truly throttled on the day by 4 goals to none at the hands of Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. In actuality, Sunderland competed quite well for the first 45 minutes and keeper Keiren Westwood even managed to take a clean sheet into the break as neither side found the twine come the halfway point. That was as good as it would get for Sunderland and their traveling support though, as the game quickly spiraled out of their reach, starting with Phil Bardsley’s own goal in the 57th minute. The unfortunate and quite unlucky incident was rapidly followed by another sucker punch to the gut of Sunderland with Jonathan De Guzman unleashing a stunning strike less than a minute later to double the delight for the hosts.
Another goal 6 minutes later from Wilfried Bony made it 3-0 with the Ivorian connecting from the penalty spot. Salt was then duly applied to the gaping wound inflicted upon the Black cats as Chico Flores (or perhaps Sunderland’s own Steven Fletcher) steered the ball into the net on 81 minutes to cap the scoring and humiliation for Gus Poyet as the Uruguayan might only now be realizing the mess he’s walked into on Wearside. As for Swansea, it was mission accomplished for Michael Laudrup’s men as they now prepare for Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa league come Thursday night.
Swansea City: vs. Kuban Krasnodar (Europa League)
Sunderland: vs. Newcastle United