Bob Bradley gets first Premier League win in “stupid” 5–4 thriller against Crystal Palace
November 26, 2016
The American makes history and blows the mind of a BBC writer in the process
It took six matches, but the first American manager in the Premier League finally became the first American manager to win in the Premier League as Bob Bradley led Swansea City to an absurd 5–4 victory of Crystal Palace.
If Bradley was ever going to get a win with his abysmal Swans, it was going to be against Palace, who had lost all of their previous five matches. But Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring for Palace in the 15th minute. Gylfi Sigurdsson equalized in the 36th minute and Leroy Fer put Swansea up 3–1 with two goals in two minutes after the break. James Tomkins got one back for Palace in the 75th minute and then the match took a hard turn into the depths of madness.
A Jack Cork own goal made it 3–3 in the 82nd minute and Christian Benteke put Palace up 4–3 in the 84th minute. At this point, a last-place club that just squandered a 3–1 lead thanks in part to an own goal would’ve rolled over and died, but Bradley’s squad didn’t do that. And what happened next blew the mind of BBC minute by minute writer Saj Chowdhury and everyone else who saw it.
He’s right about Yohan Cabaye’s hair, too.
After the match, Bradley was full of praise for his players.
“It’s been a difficult season so far, there have been a lot of things that just didn’t bounce the right way and we have just come off that crazy late goal at Everton.
“But the players still show up every day with a really good mentality. I love working with them and I couldn’t be happier for them.”
Swansea City are exceptionally bad, but you can’t say they’re boring.