Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Late strikes give Carvalhal dream start at Swansea

Jordan Ayew inspires Swansea City to victory over Watford Jordan Ayew inspires Swansea City to victory over Watford
Betsy Taylor | 01 January, 2018, 04:28

Swansea City's new coach Carlos Carvalhal celebrated a memorable Premier League debut after his team scored two late goals in a thrilling 2-1 win at Watford yesterday to move off the foot of the table.

The Portuguese told the club's official website: "In this moment, maybe if you ask 100 people who follow football, they will say Swansea are going to get relegate". Me, my players, my chairman, the fans, we are not part of this 100.

Ayew struck an 85th-minute equaliser and substitute Narsingh netted a 90th-minute victor for Swansea after Peru forward Andre Carrillo had given Watford an 11th-minute lead with a header.

"We believe we can stay up".

"Now we have a tough game on Tuesday, we need to rest and to learn from our mistakes", added Kabasele.


The hosts appeared to be cruising to victory after Andre Carrillo's opening goal, but they failed to capitalise on their comfortable position and, after 86 minutes, allowed Jordan Ayew to equalise.

In the 89th minute, Heurelho Gomes saved a powerful effort from Nathan Dyer but could only push it into the path of another Swansea substitute, Luciano Narsingh, who finished well to spark ecstatic celebrations in the dugout and the away end. Sometimes it wasn't what we want, but it's impossible after two sessions.

Gray's failure to finish after being played through on Fabianski looked set to be a footnote in a relatively comfortable Watford victory, but Ayew and Narsingh punished that mistake in emphatic fashion.

Swansea had started brightly but the defensive frailty which had seen them ship 13 goals in the previous four games soon emerged as the Hornets went in front. If this is the beginning, we will be better in the future because with more training to change the dynamic we will be better. But at Watford we worked very hard and got our rewards.

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