Fri, Jan 15, 2016 - Page 19 News List

City rue late referee decision in draw

CHELSEA DRAW:West Bromwich Albion scored two equalizers through Craig Gardner and James McClean as the champions’ revival was slowed by the 2-2 result

AFP and AP, LONDON and MANCHESTER, England

There was more drama in south Wales with six goals — half of them from Jermain Defoe’s hat-trick — as Sunderland swept to a 4-2 victory over 10-man Swansea City.

Sunderland made an ideal start, with striker Defoe scoring after just three minutes.

Swansea equalized in the 21st minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson converted a penalty, but they were reduced to 10 men in the 37th after a red card for Kyle Naughton.

The setback did not prevent Jordan Ayew from putting the hosts ahead just three minutes later.

Sunderland needed only four minutes after the restart to level, with defender Patrick van Aanholt driving a shot into the top corner.

Adam Johnson put Defoe through for his second goal just after the hour mark and the forward rounded off the scoring in the 85th.

Southampton secured only their second league win in nine games by beating Watford 2-0 with goals by Shane Long and Dusan Tadic.

Stoke City moved up to seventh after a 3-1 win over Norwich City, who had to play for an hour with 10 men after Gary O’Neil hacked down Stoke’s Ibrahim Affellay for a straight red card.

Jon Walters struck four minutes into the second half, Norwich leveled through Jonny Howson, but Joselu restored Stoke’s lead and Ryan Bennett added another.

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