Swansea 4-0 Sunderland: Match Analysis
A second half flurry of goals saw Swansea breeze past Gus Poyet’s Sunderland at the Liberty City stadium.
It’s clear to see Swansea’s dominance, as the Welsh club recorded 59% of the possession in this fixture. However, their supremacy is also evident in various other areas of team’s play.
With a pass accuracy of 85% and a perfect tackle success rate (100%) it becomes obvious just how easily they brushed aside the Black Cats in this match-up.
Jonathan De Guzman has been awarded the Man of the Match award after putting in an impressive shift. The 26-year-old netted Swansea’s second goal to all-but ensure a victory for Michael Laudrup’s side.
His Performance Score of 88 points was earned mainly due to his second-half form. His contribution increased considerably following a fairly dull opening 45 minutes.
As well as scoring a goal, the midfielder made two tackles and registered a pass accuracy of 81%. De Guzman clearly imposed himself in the centre of the pitch as he played a vital role in the cub’s win.
The Performance Score graph above shows just how much Swansea dominated Sunderland following the start of the second half.
During the opening 20 minutes the two sides remained fairly even, however Swansea emerged gradually as the dominant side.
Phil Bardsley’s second half own goal proved the biggest turning point, from this stage onwards his side sunk without a trace.
Sunderland’s lack of inspiration will be a huge concern for new manager Gus Poyet. The club had just one shot on target this afternoon and clearly the club’s strikers are not attaining the levels of performance that the fans are expecting of them.
The Black Cats will now head into next weekend’s derby match, against Newcastle on the back of this huge defeat. With a lack of morale and essential no momentum approaching this fixture, the club’s fans should be very worried.
While for Swansea the way they passed the ball was superb, they kept calm and composed and looked for gaps to appear in the Swansea defence. The Swans completed a staggering 573 passes, with an 85% pass accuracy.