Sunderland manager Gus Poyet sprang a surprise on Saturday when he gave striker Danny Graham his first start for the Black Cats since May 2013.
The 29-year-old has made just 19 appearances for Sunderland in total and is yet to score a goal for the club despite his previous returns for the likes of Swansea and Watford.
But against his former club he rolled back the years and put in an impressive shift alongside Sunderland’s recent signing Jermain Defoe.
It was the former England international who netted for the visitors, opening the scoring shortly before the interval only to see Ki Sung-yueng equalise for Swansea with 66 minutes on the clock.
But despite losing the lead the result was a positive one for Sunderland and it will be interesting to see if Graham keeps his place for the upcoming match against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.
|Position||Team||Passing Accuracy||Key Passes||Shots||Dispossessed||Mins Played|
As you can see from the statistics above, Graham’s passing accuracy was just 67 per cent but he was only disposed on two occasions and his presence allowed Defoe to do what he does best.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Sunderland fans thought of Graham’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Grahams style should be perfect for Defoe. Love him to do well. Never buy in to this NUFC supporter crap!— Dannygroves (@dpgroves6) February 7, 2015
Pretty confident if we get Danny Graham a chance on Tuesday he will take it, works his socks off and deserved his chance #safc— Michael Cooney (@Coonsy27) February 7, 2015
Danny graham looked buzzing when getting interviewed on http://t.co/j9EFePFSom hope he starts again Tuesday looked sharp today !— Adam Baker (@Adam_baker1490) February 7, 2015
I just wish Danny Graham would get himself a goal— Paul (@AngryPaul83) February 7, 2015
Don't mind Danny Graham, can't doubt his effort lately! Offers more than Fletcher #safc— Lee Willingale (@lee_willingale) February 7, 2015
Danny Graham has been tremendous today like— . (@MickyJSafc) February 7, 2015
Danny Graham done nowt wrong, Worked well. Looking fit at last #SAFC— King of Seconds (@Mackem316) February 7, 2015
Worked really hard today, well played Danny Graham.— Anth (@1973anth03) February 7, 2015
Danny Graham's hold up play has been superb!— Matt B (@rednwhite4ever) February 7, 2015