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Swansea trump Sunderland

2014-05-11 18:43
Fabio Borini (AFP Photo)

Sunderland - The form which saw Sunderland surge to survival at the end of the Premier League season deserted them on the final day as they slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Swansea on Sunday.

They clawed themselves back from almost certain relegation with four weeks to go after manager Gus Poyet claimed they needed divine intervention to stay up.

Having seen them secure safety with an impressive run of 12 points out of 12, after taking just 12 from their previous 14 games, Poyet allowed his men to take their foot off the pedal.

But they showed all their earlier season inconsistency and it was a case of business as usual at the Stadium of Light.

They were 2-0 down inside 13 minutes and never really recovered.

Nathan Dyer's left foot shot after being put through by Wayne Routledge, set the ball rolling after six minutes and Marvin Eames doubled their lead seven minutes later with a similar strike after good work from Wilfried Bony.

Sunderland struggled but finally found the net four minutes into the second half as Italian striker Fabio Borini headed home Adam Johnson's corner, but Bony restored the visitors' two-goal cushion four minutes later.

For Swansea manager Garry Monk, given a vote of confidence by the board to carry on in charge next season, it meant a respectable 12th place finish, two places and four points above Sunderland.

It also saw the Welsh side complete a double over the Wearsiders, their 4-0 win at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season marking Poyet's first game in charge of a demoralised and ragged squad still reeling form Paolo di Canio's disastrous, but short-lived tenure.

The 45,000 fans who packed into the ground to celebrate another season of top-flight football will have gone home happy despite the defeat, and Poyet can look forward to the promised rebuilding job over the summer break.

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