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    Swansea 2-4 Sunderland: Black Cats on Road to Recovery After Defoe Treble

    Sunderland gave their survival bid a huge shot in the arm with only their second away win all season while dragging Swansea further into the relegation mire. Jermain Defoe rolled back the years and notched his first Premier League hat-trick in since 2009 to condemn Swansea to another League defeat and give Sunderland back to back League wins.

    Defoe notched his 4th Premier League hat trick

    A lot of the focus will unfortunately fall on referee Graham Scott, who himself was a late replacement for Andre Marriner, and his assistants. A match full of controversial decisions began with a bang when Fabiaski put Swansea on the back foot with a terrible clearance straight to Adam Johnson. The Englishman then fed Fabio Borini on the edge of the box but his low drive was parried into the path of Jermain Defoe who was standing marginally offside when he tapped the ball into the empty net. 

    Swansea came to life and threatened to equalize when Andre Ayew was played in by Routledge but ballooned his effort high and wide when he should have done much better. Adam Johnson was then guilty of a bad miss for the visitors as he ruined Van Aanholt's good work down the left by skewing a shot wide from inside ten yards. Sunderland were made to pay for their wastefulness when a comically bad penalty decision was given against them. Andre Ayew beat Wes Brown on the edge of the box but as the defender got back Ayew seemed to stumble over his own feet and went down. Rookie referee Scott pointed to the spot and Sigurdsson made no mistake to bring Swansea level.

    The bad decisions were about to get worse as Kyle Naughton was shown a straight red card for a studs up challenge on Yann M'Vila, however replays show that Naughton got the ball and made minimal contact with the man. The challenge was neither reckless nor dangerous and barely warranted a free kick never mind a red card. The injustice seemed to galvanize Swansea though and they took the lead just before halftime. A long punt from Fabianski was chested down by Ayew, who beat Cattermole with ease on the edge of the box and fired into the corner past Mannone. 

    Kyle Naughton is shocked to be shown red, as is almost everyone in attendance

    Sunderland came out determined to make their man advantage count in the second half. They got their rewards and were level within three minutes when Van Aanholt stepped inside Rangel and unleashed a rasping right foot drive which went in off the post via a deflection off Fernandez. Jermain Lens almost put Sunderland ahead but his effort struck the base of the post before Sunderland were able to re-take the lead.

    Jermain Defoe made a trademark run onto Adam Johnson's through ball and again offside questions could be asked, Defoe appeared to move a fraction too early. However the Swansea defence completely shut down for Defoe to grab his second of the night. Swansea thought they had a way back into the game when a deflected Sigurdsson shot forced Mannone to fumble the ball on the goal line for Rangel to tap in, but the flag correctly went up for offside much to Alan Curtis' annoyance.

    Defoe sealed the win and his 4th Premier League hat trick minutes from the end. Another great piece of attacking play by Van Aanholt allowed him to beat his man and cross to the unmarked Defoe for the easiest of tap ins.

    Curtis blamed the red card for his teams loss after the game, stating that his side unfairly had to play over an hour with ten men. He has every right to be aggrieved but must pull his team together for another huge home game with a recently struggling Watford on Monday Night Football. Allardyce was pleased with his teams performance, especially in the second half where he asked his side to 'press higher up the pitch, something we don't normally do away from home'. Sunderland go to Tottenham for the Saturday lunchtime kickoff, their third away game in seven days and I'm sure players and manager alike will be glad to get such a horrible run of fixtures out of the way with at least some positives.

    By Darren Beck (@DarrenBeck13)

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