SUNDERLAND will look to build on last week’s vital Premier League win over Burnley by taking at least a point from today’s visit to Swansea City.
But the south Wales city has not been a happy hunting ground for the Wearsiders, particularly not in the modern era.
In five previous top-flight clashes in Swansea, Sunderland have managed just two draws – and have scored in only one of the five trips to either the Liberty Stadium or the Swans’ old Vetch Field base.
the sides have met three times at the Liberty, with Swansea romping to a 4-0 victory there last season on the way to a league double over the Black Cats – when Phil Bardsley and Steven Fletcher both contributed own goals.
Previously, Fletcher scored his first two Sunderland goals in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Swansea in September, 2012, while the Red and Whites also made a point, thanks to a goalless draw, in the Jacks’ first season back in the top division since the 1980s, in 2011/12.
Swansea’s brief flirtation with the old Division One in the 80s saw Sunderland succumb to two disappointing defeats at the Vetch, losing 3-0 in 1982-83 (to Alan Curtis’s brace and a Robbie James strike), when Swansea were sliding towards an ignominious relegation, and 2-0 in 1981-82, when the Welsh surprise packet enjoyed a fantastic campaign.
Curtis and future Sunderland player Leighton James grabbed the goals for John Toshack’s men in September, 1981.
Sunderland last won in Swansea in 1964, with Charlie Hurley and Nick Sharkey on target in the promotion campaign of 1963-64 – so long ago that their hosts were Swansea Town, before they changed their name to City.
That was one of three wins at the Vetch during the Rokermen’s first six-year stint outside the top division from 1958.