Bradley se­cures first Swansea suc­cess with 5-4 win over Palace

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Bob Bradley cel­e­brated his first win as Swansea man­ager when Fer­nando Llorente’s stop­page-time dou­ble clinched a wild 5-4 vic­tory over Crys­tal Palace in the English Premier League yes­ter­day.

Swansea led 3-1 with 15 min­utes to go but faced a sixth suc­ces­sive win­less game af­ter go­ing 4-3 be­hind by con­ced­ing three goals in nine min­utes.

The come­back ended Bradley’s wait for a Premier League win but Palace man­ager Alan Pardew was con­demned to a sixth loss in a row. Swansea climbed off the bot­tom of the 20-team stand­ings and Palace was two points ahead in 16th.

It started so well for Palace as Swansea’s aerial strug­gles were ex­posed against the pow­er­ful Chris­tian Ben­teke. He nod­ded the ball down into the path of Wil­fried Zaha, who made the most of timid de­fend­ing from Neil Tay­lor and Fed­erico Fer­nan­dez to fire his fourth goal of the sea­son past goal­keeper Lukasz Fabi­an­ski.

But the mood changed in­side Lib­erty Sta­dium when Ja­son Pun­cheon was ad­judged to have fouled Jack Cork on the edge of the penalty area. Gylfi Sig­urds­son struck a ter­rific free kick past Wayne Hen­nessey to equal­ize in the 36th.

It was a life­line for Swansea as the host rarely threat­ened up un­til that point, but it al­most threw it away two min­utes later when Zaha headed Yo­han Cabaye’s cross against the cross­bar be­fore the ball was bun­dled to safety.

Af­ter the break, Palace for­ward Con­nor Wick­ham was taken off on a stretcher with what ap­peared to be a knee in­jury. The Lon­don club was be­ing pushed back as Sig­urds­son and Modou Bar­row be­came in­creas­ingly in­flu­en­tial and Swansea took the lead in the 66th.

Sub­sti­tute Llorente’s first touch prov­ing cru­cial af­ter head­ing to­ward the goal. Although Yo­han Cabaye stopped the ball on the line with the pos­si­ble use of an arm, Leroy Fer was primed to squeeze home the re­bound. Two min­utes later Palace strug­gled to cope with an­other set-piece and Fer fin­ished again at the far post for his sixth goal of the sea­son.

But Palace gave it­self a life­line when James Tomkins bun­dled home be­fore Zaha’s cross struck Cork and looped over Fabi­an­ski. Palace surged back in front when Ben­teke found the net off a post in a crowded goal­mouth.

But Swansea was not fin­ished yet and Llorente di­verted home a shot from Sig­urds­son be­fore prod­ding in the win­ner.—AP beIN SPORTS 2 HD beIN SPORTS 2 HD beIN SPORTS 2 HD beIN SPORTS 8 HD beIN SPORTS 3 HD beIN SPORTS 3 HD beIN SPORTS 3 HD beIN SPORTS 3 HD beIN SPORTS 4 HD beIN SPORTS 7 HD beIN SPORTS 4 HD beIN SPORTS 8 HD beIN SPORTS 12 HD EN beIN SPORTS 4 HD beIN SPORTS 5 HD beIN SPORTS beIN SPORTS beIN SPORTS 6 HD beIN SPORTS 6 HD

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