Swansea - Spanish
striker Fernando Llorente scored twice in injury-time on Saturday to give
Swansea a thrilling 5-4 win over fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and
drag the Welsh club off the foot of the Premier League.
The astonishing finale left Palace bemoaning a sixth straight loss which has sucked them to the brink of the drop zone.
Palace looked to have secured the points when Christian Benteke
scored six minutes from time to put the South Londoners 4-3 up after
they had trailed 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining.
The visitors had drawn first blood on 19 minutes through Wilfried
Zaha but Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled nine minutes before the break with a
free kick before a brace of goals from Leroy Fer moved Swansea 3-1 clear
at the Liberty Stadium.
Palace roared back with three goals in quick succession as James
Tomkins netted following a corner, before Jack Cork put through his own
goal and Benteke poached another.
But Llorente then floored them at the death to hand Swansea's US
manager Bob Bradley, a surprise October replacement for the sacked
Francesco Guidolin, a first win bonus.
Palace's abject recent form had left boss Alan Pardew under pressure
at the club he took to FA Cup final appearances as player and then, last
season, as manager.
They began the encounter just a point clear of the relegation zone
and their late collapse means Swansea, who moved above Sunderland after
the latter's loss at Liverpool, are now just two points behind Pardew's
men, who are only out of the bottom three on goal difference.
Palace's losing run follows three successive September wins and it
was similarly erratic form that cost Pardew fan support in his turbulent
four years with Newcastle before quitting St James' park in January
The South Londoners went into the Swansea game with the worst form
across 2016 in the whole of the English league structure, having
garnered just 0.71 average points per game.