PREM: Swansea 3-2 Burnley


Llorente opened the scoring for Swansea in the ninth minute

A late winner from Fernando Llorente ensured Swansea continue their climb away from the relegation zone in their 3-2 win over Burnley on Saturday.


Llorente's 91st minute header proved to be the winner in a hard-fought victory for Swansea, who twice had to fight back from a goal down.

Llorente opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Andre Gray scored two goals, first through an equaliser thanks to a controversial penalty, then netting his second in the 60th minute. Martin Olsson's strike would level the tie once more nine minutes later before Llorente's late winner made sure Swansea took all three points.

The win for Swansea means they are five points clear of the relegation zone in 16th, while Burnley drop to 12th. There was just one change for Swansea to the team that lost to Chelsea last weekend. Luciano Narsingh came into the side for Wayne Routledge to make his first Premier League start.

For Burnley, Jeff Hendrick returned from his three-match ban in place of Ashley Westwood while Tom Heaton was forced to miss out through illness, meaning Paul Robinson stepped in. The first half began slowly and it was not until the ninth minute when the game came to life. Alfie Mawson headed a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner off the crossbar before seeing his rebound effort smash off the post moments later.

Then 60 seconds later, the Swans would take a deserved lead through Llorente. Leroy Fer sprinted down the right flank and past Brady before curling a cross in for the Spaniard waiting on the centre spot. He bulleted his header past a helpless Robinson for his 10th goal of the season.
In Burnley's only real moment of attacking pressure in the first half eight minutes later, Andre Gray had a deflected shot parried away by Fabianski, which led to a controversial penalty awarded to the Clarets.

In a case of mistaken identity, the following corner swung in was clearly handballed by Burnley's Sam Vokes, yet referee Anthony Taylor awarded Sean Dyche's side a penalty which Gray converted down the middle. Moments later, Sigurdsson was unfortunate with a strike 25-yards from goal which went just wide of Robinson's left post. The rest of the opening 45 minutes would see Robinson forced into making a string of saves. First from Olsson before he then had to tip wide Sigurdsson's free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

The second half began with Swansea dominating proceedings with Sigurdsson almost sneaking an effort in at the far post but Ben Mee was able to clear off the line. With Swansea continually pumping crosses into the box and sending more numbers forward, it was Burnley who took the surprise lead.

Completely against the run of play, a long ball from Keane was headed on by Vokes for Gray in the box who chested the ball down, swivelled and with his left foot struck the ball into the bottom right for his second of the match.

But nine minutes later, Swansea got their equaliser. Olsson burst forward from deep and passed to Sigurdsson, who completely deceived Burnley's defence with a back-heel back to the Sweden international who smashed his strike into the top left corner.

Swansea would see another chance cleared off the line by Mee in the 89th minute with Carroll unable to convert after a goalmouth scramble. Finally Swansea's persistence did pay off. A great cross from Carroll on the left was swung towards the far post for Llorente, who rose above Mee and nodded his effort into the top left corner.

Swansea boss Paul Clement ran down the touchline after securing a significant win. But for Burnley, their quest for their first away win of the season continues.


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