Opener was so crucial against Sunderland – says Swansea City left-back Neil Taylor
NEIL Taylor insisted Swansea City's first goal against Sunderland was crucial to victory.
Michael Laudrup's side were struggling for inspiration at half-time on Saturday following a first period short on chances and excitement.
But 12 minutes after the restart Swansea made the breakthrough as Phil Bardsley put through his own net.
A minute later Jonathan de Guzman scored a superb second before a Wilfried Bony penalty and late Chico Flores effort sealed the win.
In the end, a 4-0 triumph represented a comprehensive win.
But Taylor believes the game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.
"Whoever scored first was going to go on and win the game," said the left-back.
"Once we scored a second, third and fourth you saw us open up and start to play nicely.
"Once you get a couple of goals against a team bottom of the league it shows.
"I've been down there myself and it's difficult once you go a goal behind and you're a team who need the result."
Swansea could not find their normal passing rhythm during the first 45 minutes as uncharacteristically passes went astray.
But they clicked back into gear after the break.
Laudrup's men took a slightly fortunate lead through Bardsley before returning to their fluent best.
Dutch star de Guzman's strike was the pick of their goals, a perfectly placed curling effort that found the top corner.
"It was a good finish," added Taylor.
"His free-kick nearly went in during the first half and he's a player with good technique.
"He should score a lot of goals in that position and he will."