A second half strike from Jermain Defoe helped Sunderland salvage a point against Swansea City as the two sides played out to a 1-1 draw in their English Premier League encounter at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. The Swans had the bulk of the possession in the opening minutes. As a result they had a number of shots on goal from Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis however neither came to fruition.
The Black Cats finally found some control and had their first real chance of the half when Yann M’Vila fired in a free kick that was met by Danny Graham who took a chance and attempted an overhead kick but Lukasz Fabianski was in the right place at the right time to deny the Sunderland striker. With the visitors showing the dominance on attack it was a matter of time before they opened the scoring. That they did in the third minute of added time at the end of the first half when Kyle Naughton made a break from midfield and pushed one through for Gomis, who kept his nerve and found the far corner of Costel Pantilimons’s goal.
Garry Monk and company were rewarded for their persistence and dominance as they headed into the break with a 1-0 lead. In the second stanza the visitors picked up where they left off and came close to doubling their lead after a Jonjo Shelvey corner was headed towards goal by Ayew however the Ghanaian’s chance found the woodwork. Dick Advocaat’s players did not miss their chance 11 minutes later when Defoe buried a Jermain Lens pass to draw the hosts level.
From that moment on they seemed to come alive as they felt that they should have had penalty four minutes later for a suspected hand ball by Ashley Williams but the referee waved play on. At the back Advocaat’s men were working hard, in particular goalkeeper as Pantilimon who made two brilliant back-to-back saves denying Shelvey and Gylfi Sigurdsson to keep his team in this contest.
The Stadium of Light faithful were treated to quite a display of resilience in the closing stages of the match as their team fought to try and get all three points. They had three chances from set pieces from Lens, Coates and substitute Sebastien Larsson but they were unable to snatch victory from their opponents as the game ended all square. The result sees the Welsh side move to five points in sixth place while the north east club remains rooted to the bottom of the table with a solitary point.