A Jermaine Defoe hat-trick helped Sunderland defeat Swansea City 4-2 in their English Premier League encounter on Wednesday at the Liberty Stadium. The visitors opened their account as early as the third minute when Defoe pounced on a goalkeeping error from Lukas Fabianski in the area and poked home the opening goal. The actual game play was very much level at this point as both sides were fighting for the stronghold on the game.
The hosts did draw level when Wes Brown fouled Andre Ayew in the danger zone which resulted in a penalty, which was powerful converted by Gylfi Sigurdsson. The home side were dealt a blow in the 37th minute when they were reduced to ten men after Kyle Naughton was shown a straight red for a dangerous tackle. Despite the disadvantage, the Swans went on to take the lead with half-time looming as Fabianski released Ayew who beat his defender and buried his shot past Vito Mannone.
In the second stanza it was the away side that came out of the gates first and drew level when Patrick Van Aanholt took a crack from distance and saw his shot sail past an outstretched Fabianski and find the top right hand corner to make it 2-2. The Black Cats went on to score two more times through Defoe as he completed his hat-trick and Sam Allardyce’s charges ran out 4-2 winners. The victory sees Allardyce’s men move up to 18th place and their opponents are just above them, a point better off.