Swansea City vs. Sunderland  2 - 2


Johnson eager to impress Hodgson

2 September 2012 11:07

Winger Adam Johnson is confident of his long-term England future following a transfer to Sunderland.

The talented attacker struggled to hold down a regular place at Manchester City and opted to move during the recent transfer window in search of first-team football.

And after making the move, Johnson is sure England coach Roy Hodgson will not be forgetting about him anytime soon.

"You do get seen more – and have better opportunities to be seen – by England managers when you play for top-four clubs, it's a fact," Johnson told the Daily Mirror.

"But I'm part of the England set-up and I'm hoping that won't change."

Johnson has been selected for England's World Cup squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

He hopes his inclusion in the squad will become a regular occurrence while he's with Sunderland.

"Roy Hodgson has been brilliant with me since he took over the England team. I'm sure he won't forget me," Johnson said.

"He has said he wants his players to be playing regular first-team football – that's something I wasn't doing at Manchester City, but I hope it will be different for me here at Sunderland.

"It might have been a bit different if I had joined Sunderland a couple of years ago before I had played for England."


Premier League: Swansea 2 Sunderland 2

1 September 2012 18:23

Swansea's winning start to the season was checked by Sunderland after they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

After a dull opening half an hour, Steven Fletcher latched on to Ashley Williams' slack back-pass to strike on his club debut but Wayne Routledge's thumping effort equalised just six minutes later.

Fletcher ensured Sunderland led at the break, scoring deep into the six additional minutes late in the first half, but after some intense second-half pressure, the home side equalised through Michu and managed to hold on to a point, despite Chico's sending off.

The Swans dominated the early going without threatening, but were dealt a blow after 20 minutes as Neil Taylor was forced off with a nasty ankle injury picked up in a challenge with Craig Gardner, and was replaced by youngster Ben Davies.

Both sides struggled to find a breakthrough and Sunderland were forced into a change of their own after 38 minutes as Lee Cattermole was replaced by David Meyler after picking up a dead leg in a clash with Routledge.

With the game meandering towards half-time the away side struck out of nowhere, as Williams attempted a first-time back-pass to Vorm but only scuffed his effort into the path of Fletcher who raced towards goal and finished coolly past the Dutchman.

The game suddenly sprung into life and after James McClean volleyed over the Swans found themselves level. After a patient build-up on the edge of Sunderland's area, Nathan Dyer sprung into life, chipping a delightful ball into the path of Routledge who smashed past Simon Mignolet.

Six minutes of added time had been added on due to the game's injuries and it was enough time for the Black Cats to regain the lead. Chico looked to clear Sebastian Larsson's deep free kick to the back post but he was charged down by Fletcher and the ball was bundled in by a combination of the two players.

The Swans came out for the second half on the attack, Leon Britton hit an effort over from eight yards from a well-worked corner before Mignolet was called upon to keep out a fierce Dyer effort at his near post.

Laudrup's side continued pushing on and went close again on the hour. Mignolet could only palm Jonathan de Guzman's free kick into the path of Angel Rangel but the Belgian recovered well to keep the right-back's follow-up out and the ball was cleared.

Michu was then guilty of wasting a gilt-edged chance, the Spaniard heading into the ground and over from 10 yards when it looked easier to score, but the former Raye Vallecano man soon made up for his miss.

De Guzman was given too much room deep in midfield and swung a perfect ball onto the head of Michu who planted his headed effort past Mignolet for a richly deserved Swans equaliser.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill responded by replacing the tiring Fletcher with Louis Saha and the Frenchman was immediately into the thick of the action as Chico made a wild, head-high lunge at the Frenchman, and was sent off.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup brought on Alan Tate for Routledge in order to shore up the defence, with just under 15 minutes remaining in the match.

The Swans controlled the game out for much of the rest of the match and could have snatched all three points as Michu scrambled an effort in the six-yard box but Sunderland held on for a draw.


Shechter available for Sunderland clash

31 August 2012 20:55

Swansea City's new midfielder Itay Shechter is available for selection to face Sunderland after the move was approved by the FA.

The 25-year-old, who joined the Premier League outfit on loan from German side Kaiserslautern, received international and FA clearance to make his debut as the Welsh team look to make it three wins in a row in the league.

The Israeli international turned out for the Swans in a friendly against Stuttgart this off-season, and has also obtained a work permit ahead of his competitive bow at the Liberty Stadium.

Shechter made 23 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, scoring three goals, and can now link up with fellow new arrival Pablo Hernandez, who completed his 5.55-million-pound deal from Valencia.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25