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Friday 9 December 2016

Defoe delivers with hat-trick

Swansea 2 Sunderland 4

Defoe’s first two goals were perilously close to being offside: PA News
Defoe’s first two goals were perilously close to being offside: PA News

Jermain Defoe struck a hat-trick as Sunderland won a thrilling Premier League relegation battle at Swansea.

The Black Cats' victory was mired in controversy as Sunderland recovered from a 2-1 half-time deficit to claim a second successive league win and provide fresh hope of avoiding the drop. Swansea were reduced to 10 men when Kyle Naughton was sent off close to half-time with the score 1-1. Graham Scott, a late replacement for Andre Marriner on Monday, was taking charge of only his fourth Premier League fixture and the Oxfordshire official was in the spotlight most of the night with several big calls to make.

Defoe's first two goals despite him being perilously close to offside on both occasions, while Scott awarded Swansea a first-half penalty which appeared generous, which Gylfi Sigurdsson put away and then sent off Naughton in contentious fashion.

Andre Ayew got the Swans' other before the break.

Sunderland were gifted the perfect start to the second as Fabio Borini's shot was too hot for Fabianski to hold before Defoe's hattrick.

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