Swansea’s Bradley wins first EPL match
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.