21/01/2012 19:45 v Sunderland
The Swans’ momentum stalled as they were beaten 2-0 by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Brendan Rodgers’ men were on a five-match unbeaten run in all competitions and aiming to build on their impressive victory over Arsenal the previous weekend.
However, they came unstuck against the Black Cats, who were looking rejuvenated under Martin O’Neill.
Both sides had chances inside the opening 15 minutes, but it was the hosts who took the lead in spectacular style.
Stephane Sessegnon exchanged passes with James McClean down the left side before curling an unstoppable effort into the top right corner beyond the helpless Michel Vorm.
The Swans responded well to falling behind and dominated possession as they searched for an equaliser.
But their lack of quality in the final third proved costly as Sunderland wrapped up the points with another stunning strike five minutes from time, when Craig Gardner controlled Sessegnon’s crossfield ball before sending a dipping 25-yard volley into the top corner.
SUNDERLAND: Simon Mignolet, Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Seb Larsson (Ahmed Elmohamady, 89), Kieran Richardson, Lee Cattermole, David Vaughan (Craig Gardner, 78), James McClean, Stephane Sessegnon, Nicklas Bendtner (Connor Wickham, 12).
SUBS NOT USED: Kieren Westwood, Michael Turner, David Meyler, Ji Dong-Won.
SWANS: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Steven Caulker, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Joe Allen, Leon Britton (Wayne Routledge, 78), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Josh McEachran, 66), Nathan Dyer, Danny Graham, Scott Sinclair.
SUBS NOT USED: Gerhard Tremmel, Garry Monk, Kemy Agustien, Jazz Richards, Luke Moore.