Bob Bradley’s first Premier League win was always going to be a memorable one for the American, but Saturday’s wild 5-4 victory against Crystal Palace is an absolute doozy.
Since his appointment to save the floundering Swans on October 4th, wins had proven to be elusive to Bradley. Winless in his first five games in charge, it looked like the wait for his first win would be a long one — especially after coming so close in a draw last week against Everton.
The match against Palace started innocuously enough, with a goal for both sides going into the half. That 1-1 scoreline looked like it would hold, until all hell broke loose in the last half hour. A total of seven goals were scored in that period and stoppage time, including an own goal turned in by Swansea. The Swans opened the scoring salvo with a pair from Leroy Fer, but Palace reclaimed the lead with a pair of their own on either side of Jack Cork’s own goal.
It certainly seemed as though Bradley would have to continue to wait for his first EPL win. Somehow, some way, Swansea picked him up. With time slipping away, Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time to complete the astonishing comeback.
Swansea earned a vital a three points, and Bradley became the first-ever American manager to win in the Premier League. It was a great Saturday on the Welsh coast.
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