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14 Jan 2023
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Swansea City registered their first win of 2023 as they defeated Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Luke O'Nien was sent off early on in the north east of England, and Swansea's subsequent pressure told in the second-half as Joel Piroe tapped home his 10th goal of the campaign.

But Sunderland responded and levelled through Dan Neil in the 65th minute, although Liam Cullen and Ollie Cooper both struck late on as Russell Martin's men returned to south Wales with all three points.

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The Swansea boss made just one change to the side that started the 1-1 draw with Bristol City in the FA Cup on Sunday as Harry Darling replaced Nathan Wood who dropped to the bench.

Tony Mowbray's side looked to start on the front foot and wasted no time in showing how they could cause Swansea problems with their direct running.

Patrick Roberts rippled the roof of Steven Benda's net from a free-kick as the Swans looked to weather something of an early storm in blustering conditions - with Neil drilling at the German goalkeeper from distance moments later.

Swansea soon settled though, and following an interception from Joe Allen, they had their first chance to score. The Welshman teed up Matt Grimes after playing a one-two with Cooper, although the captain's curling effort stroked the side netting.

But the game's major turning point came in the 18th minute as, moments after the home fans were calling for a penalty after Amad went down following a challenge from Cullen, the hosts were reduced to 10 men.

Cooper's touch took the ball beyond O'Nien who recklessly wiped out the Swansea academy product, with referee Keith Stroud giving the midfielder his marching orders.

Swansea went on to dominate possession and slowly grew in confidence in the final third, with Darling testing Anthony Patterson with a drilled effort from distance.

Martin's men stayed patient on the ball as Ryan Manning and Allen both had efforts from distance while Piroe fired a free-kick on target as the Black Cats desperately struggled to get out of their own half.

The early optimism that emanated from the stands had completely dissipated as Swansea remained camped in the Sunderland half, although the visitors survived a scare late on in the first-half as Ross Stewart could only guide Jack Clarke's cross wide from close range.

Swansea came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock themselves as Manning's cross caused mayhem, but Piroe's effort from around eight yards out was well blocked to ensure the score remained goalless at the break.

However, the Swans struck gold just five minutes after the restart. Grimes' lofted ball over the top was poked into the path of Piroe by Manning, leaving the Dutchman with the simple task of tapping home from close range.

It will no doubt have been of huge relief to the Jack Army, particularly given that their side are unbeaten when scoring first in the league this term.

The home fans grew increasingly restless as the Swans dictated proceedings, although goalkeeper Patterson wasn't being troubled which will have comforted Sunderland boss Mowbray.

And Swansea were made to pay for failing to finish off the home side. Stewart rose to head Clarke's cross into the path of Neil who lashed home from close range.

Martin's men swiftly regained their composure though, and they were back ahead just five minutes after Sunderland equalised.

Manning's teasing cross caused panic in the Sunderland box, and Cullen was in the right place for the ball to bounce off his legs and into the net.

It was the 23-year-old's fourth goal in six games and further justified head coach Martin's decision to deploy a front two over recent weeks.

Jay Fulton was then unable to cap off a slick move before Olivier Ntcham replaced Allen with 14 minutes left on the clock.

But Swansea put the game to bed in stunning style. Piroe shot when he had support in the box, although Cooper drove goalwards seconds later before rifling into the top corner to make it 3-1 as the Swans moved back into the top half of the Championship table with what was their first away since since beating Watford at Vicarage Road in early October.

Liam Cullen of Swansea City celebrates scoring their second goal (Image: Shutterstock)

Sunderland: Patterson; Hume, Ballard, O'Nien, Gooch, Evans (C) (Michut 83), Neil, Roberts (Batth 21), Amad (Ba 83), Clarke (Bennette 83), Stewart (Dajaku 83).

Subs not used: Bass, Wright.

Goal: Neil 65

Yellow card: Hume 90+1

Red card: O'Nien 18

Swansea City: Benda; Latibeaudiere, Cabango, Darling, Manning; Allen (Ntcham 76); Fulton, Grimes (C); Cooper (Cundle 86); Piroe, Cullen (Sorinola 83).

Subs not used: Fisher, Naughton, Wood, Congreve.

Goals: Piroe 50, Cullen 70, Cooper 78

Yellow cards: Cabango 19, Piroe 53, Latibeaudiere 62, Sorinola 88

Referee: Keith Stroud

Attendance: 40,001


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