Sunderland 1-3 Swansea – Match Report & Player Ratings

Report

Sunderland were beaten by Swansea City at The Stadium of Light in a game that was basically 10 vs 12 for the majority of the game.

Sunderland started the game strongly with a few half chances.

The game was changed just 15 minutes in when Amad was taken down by Ryan Manning in the area and the decision was no penalty, somehow.

Moments later, Luke O’Nien was sent off after a challenge on Oliver Cooper, it probably was a red card as he went in two-footed, but it wouldn’t have happened if the penalty was given.

From that point, the referee was not giving anything to The Black Cats and it started to really infuriate the home fans.

There was also a loud chorus of boos from the home fans towards the referee at half-time.

5 minutes into the second half, Swansea took the lead in controversial fashion when the ball was played over the top to Ryan Manning who crossed the ball to Joel Piroe who looked offside to many people in the Stadium.

The home fans were getting behind the team in the second, as they tried to at least stay in the game as Swansea pushed for a second.

However, 20 minutes into the second half, Jack Clarke broke forward and got to the bi-line and put in a cross which Ross Stewart nodded on and Dan Neil smashed it home brilliantly.

Unfortunately, a few minutes after the equaliser Swansea took the lead again thanks to a goal by Liam Cullen.

It was Manning who put the ball in once again, but this time Dan Ballard was unfortunate as his tackle deflected off Cullen and found its way into the net.

It was yet another goal that was controversial as Ross Stewart appeared to be fouled in the build-up to the goal.

8 minutes later, Swansea finished the game off as Oliver Cooper’s deflected shot beat Patterson at his near post.

Player Ratings

Anthony Patterson – 5

Not his best game, his distribution needs working on. But he’s been brilliant all season and he’s allowed an off game.

Trai Hume – 7

He looked full of life in the first half as he linked up brilliantly with Patrick Roberts, but O’Niens sending off saw Roberts subbed and Hume moved to the left which affected his game.

Dan Ballard – 7

He was brilliant today I thought, strong in the tackle and good on the ball.

Luke O’Nien – N/A

Looked good up until being sent off, it was a hard tackle, could have gone either way but it wouldn’t have happened if the referee had given the foul on Amad.

Lynden Gooch – 6

Started at left back then moved to the right, he had good spells but he was quiet after going down to 10-men.

Corry Evans – 6

Helped keep us organised when we were a man down for most of the game, typical calm performance.

Dan Neil – 7

Gave his all throughout, good goal and never stopped running.

Patrick Roberts – N/A

Taken off early after the sending off.

Amad Diallo – 6

Started the game well but really struggled to perform his magic when we went down to 10-men.

Jack Clarke – 7

Tried his best as always, created the goal and always looked to move us up the pitch when we were up against it.

Ross Stewart – 7

Gave his all, never stopped closing down and he even got himself an assist.

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Danny Batth – 6

Brought on early after the sending off, did ok but you could tell he was slightly unfit.

Jewison Bennette, Leon Dajaku, Edouard Michut and Abdoullah Ba – N/A

They were brought on when the game was dead, but still they all gave their all.

MoTM – Ross Stewart

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