Swansea’s Bradley wins first EPL match

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LON­DON (AP): AF­TER A dif­fi­cult in­tro­duc­tion to English Premier League (EPL) man­age­ment, Bob Bradley’s wait for a win is over.

Swansea’s play­ers couldn’t achieve it the easy way for their trail­blaz­ing Amer­i­can coach.

In the sixth game of his reign yes­ter­day, Swansea tossed away a 3-1 lead against Crys­tal Palace to head into stop­page time trail­ing 4-3.

Dis­play­ing the fight­ing spirit Swansea have lacked this sea­son, Fer­nando Llorente found time to score twice and com­plete a wild 5-4 vic­tory that lifted the south Wales club off the bot­tom of the stand­ings.

It shouldn’t have been so tough. Af­ter Wil­fried Zaha gave Palace an early lead, Gylfi Sig­urds­son’s free kick and Leroy Fer’s dou­ble gave Swansea a 3-1 ad­van­tage. But the game un­ex­pect­edly swung back in Palace’s favour when James Tomkins and Chris­tian Ben­teke scored ei­ther side of Jack Cork’s own goal in a nine­minute spell.

“The char­ac­ter of the play­ers came through,” Bradley said. “It’s been a dif­fi­cult sea­son so far, there have been a lot of things that just didn’t bounce the right way.”

Yes­ter­day they did, but not for Alan Pardew, whose Palace side slumped to a sixth suc­ces­sive league and are only out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone on goal dif­fer­ence. Swansea climbed off the bot­tom and are two points from safety.

The top of the ta­ble is un­changed af­ter the top-three of Chelsea, Liver­pool and Manch­ester City all won. City re­main be­hind Liver­pool on goal dif­fer­ence and a point adrift of lead­ers Chelsea.

Other re­sults: Chelsea 1 Tot­ten­ham 2; Liver­pool 2 Sun­der­land 0; Burn­ley 1 Man City 2; LeiCeester 2 Mid­dles­brough 2; Hull 1 West Brom 1.

AP

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