Swansea City 2 Sunderland AFC 4: Huge win for Black Cats but who scooped man of the match?

Sunderland beat Swansea City 4-2 at the Liberty Stadium
Sunderland beat Swansea City 4-2 at the Liberty Stadium
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Jermain Defoe inspired Sunderland to a huge win 4-2 over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Defoe bagged a hat-trick, with Patrick van Aanholt also scoring for the Black Cats in south Wales.

But who scooped the man of the match gong? Richard Mennear gives his player ratings here.

Sunderland: (4-2-3-1)

Vito Mannone: 5. Sent the wrong way for the penalty. And could do little about Ayew's precise finish. Had a nightmare second half, almost cost Sunderland.

Billy Jones: 6. Put in some feisty challenges first half, didn't get anywhere near Ayew for the goal.

John O’Shea: 6. Nervy moments in opening 10 minutes, Sunderland got away with it though. Much improved as the game wore on.

Wes Brown: 6. Gave away the penalty but it was never a foul. Ayew kicked the floor. Decent display from Brown.

Patrick van Aanholt: 7. Modou Barrow gave him a tough time first half, again positive going forward though, just lacked a final ball. Did really well for the goal, deflected off Fernandez.

Lee Cattermole: 5. Beaten far too easily for Ayew's goal. The forward moved past him like he wasn't even there. Not his best game. Subbed.

Yann M’Vila: 6. Poor passing and couldn't find his range in the first half. Sloppy in build-up to Swansea goal. Improved second half but maybe in need of a rest?

Adam Johnson: 7. Huge miss shortly after Defoe had put Sunderland 1-0 up. Blasted his shot well, well wide. Nice ball to play in van Aanholt to make it 2-2 and impressed second half.

Jeremain Lens: 8. Played in the Number 10 role again, behind Defoe. Did his defensive duties too. Showed some nice touches, always wanted the ball and to attack.

Fabio Borini: 7. Put a real shift in for his side. Did a lot of running. Didn't have a sight on goal though. Subbed late on.

Jermain Defoe: 9. MOM. Led line really well and scored hat-trick, second a cool finish. First two goals offside but officials didn't spot either and Defoe capitalised.


Jack Rodwell (for Cattermole, 73): 6

Danny Graham (for Borini, 83): 6

Duncan Watmore (for Lens, 86): 6

Subs Not Used: Pickford, Coates, Yedlin, Watmore, Fletcher

Booked: Mannone (67, time wasting), van Aanholt (79)

Goals: Defoe (3, 61, 85), van Aanholt (49)

Swansea (4-2-3-1)

Lukasz Fabianski: 5.

Kyle Naughton: 5

Federico Fernandez: 5

Ashley Williams: 5

Neil Taylor: 6

Leon Britton: 5

Ki Sung Yueng: 6

Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6

Wayne Routledge: 6

Andre Ayew: 7

Modou Barrow: 7


Angel Rangel (for Britton, 42): 6.

Bafe Gomis (for Routledge, 75): 6.

Jack Cork (for Ayew): 6.

Subs Not Used: Nordfeldt, Amat, Montero, Emnes.

Booked: Naughton (37, serious foul play)

Goals: Sigurdsson (21, pen), Ayew (40)

Attendance: 20,140 (Sunderland, 700)

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire) Had an absolute nightmare. Defoe's first two goals were offside, never a Swansea penalty and red card was harsh...2/10