Swansea closes in on EPL survival with 2-0 win at Sunderland

Swansea City's Fernando Llorente celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Sunderland and Swansea City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland England Saturday

Its simple - if they beat Sunderland, and Hull fail to pick up any points in South London they will preserve their Premier League status, however that's easier said than done as Hull have found out for themselves as they succumb to a 2-0 home loss to the relegated Black Cats.

That being the case, Sunderland's fans will know that a Swansea victory Saturday would further dent Hull's hopes of survival, even if the players would never willfully lose a game (although on this season's evidence, who knows?). So the victory in the last round over Everton 1: 0, became the second in the last three matches, actually during which Swansea remains undefeated.

Goals from the impressive Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton offered Swansea a Premier League lifeline, leaving them on 38 points, level with Crystal Palace and, most importantly, four clear of 18th-placed Hull, who visit Selhurst Park on Sunday. If, or rather when, safety is sealed, Clement deserves great credit for a job well done.

Swansea have picked up a vital seven points from their last three, but on the road they've lost six of seven winless matches. He offered his side a reliable outlet going forward down the right whilst also staying resolute in defence. Substitutes: Darron Gibson (for Denayer, 19 mins) 4, Wahbi Khazri (for Anichebe, 36 mins) 5.

Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Van Der Hoorn, Borja, Narsingh, Kingsley. Pinball in the Swansea area results in the ball breaking for Ndong, 12 yards from goal, however he slices wide.

An afternoon that had the potential to be a nervous one for the Swans became very comfortable once Llorente headed home Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick in the ninth minute.

That victory was only the Black Cats' sixth league success all season, but Ki insists his Swansea team-mates can not afford to be complacent despite their weekend opponents having nothing to play for.

Skipper Britton prompted the move and linked with former Sunderland loanee Ki Sung-Yueng, who fed Naughton and the full-back cracked an angled shot past Pickford into the corner of the net. Those early leavers missed a home penalty appeal when Sebastian Larsson's free-kick appeared to be blocked by Sigurdsson's hand but, much to Larsson's disgust, Andre Marriner disagreed, booking the Swede for protesting.

And, three minutes later, full-back Billy Jones somehow shot wide from close range after Fabianski had pushed substitute Wahbi Khazri's free-kick back into a risky area.

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