Bradley gets first Premier League win

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Rob Harris The Associated Press

Af­ter a dif­fi­cult in­tro­duc­tion to English Premier League man­age­ment, Bob Bradley’s wait for a win is over.

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

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

Dis­play­ing the fight­ing spirit Swansea has 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’s a crazy match, and it’s very im­por­tant for us,” Llorente said. “We need con­fi­dence and this match will help us a lot.”

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 fa­vor when James Tomkins and Chris­tian Ben­teke scored ei­ther side of Jack Cork’s own goal in a nine-minute spell.

But Llorente, dropped from the squad for last week­end’s draw at Ever­ton, pre­sented his case for a start­ing role in the most dra­matic fash­ion.

“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.”

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

The top of the ta­ble is changed af­ter the top three of Chelsea, Liver­pool and Manch­ester City all won. scor­ing the win­ner six min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter ar­riv­ing un­marked into the penalty area to meet Diego Costa’s cut­back.

Pe­dro Ro­driguez be­gan Chelsea’s come­back be­fore half­time, can­cel­ing out Chris­tian Erik­sen’s 11th minute strike to end Tot­ten­ham’s un­beaten start and leave its Lon­don ri­val with­out a win at Stam­ford Bridge since 1990. penalty spot af­ter Ndong tripped Sa­dio Mane.

Sun­der­land slipped to bot­tom place.


Swansea City’s Fer­nando Llorente, right, re­acts scor­ing the win­ning goal against Crys­tal Palace in stop­page time of their English Premier League soc­cer match Satur­day.

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