Tuesday 20 August 2019

Bradley salutes Llorente for lifting Swans off basement

Swansea 3 Sunderland 0

Swansea City's Fernando Llorente celebrates scoring their second goal in the 3-0 win over Sunderland. Photo: Reuters
Swansea City's Fernando Llorente celebrates scoring their second goal in the 3-0 win over Sunderland. Photo: Reuters

Swansea boss Bob Bradley believes Fernando Llorente's winning mentality can pull them clear of relegation danger. Llorente bagged a brace for the second successive home game as Swansea climbed out of the drop zone with an emphatic victory over fellow strugglers Sunderland.

The Spanish World Cup winner had a difficult start to life in English football and was dropped from the matchday squad at Everton three weeks ago. But since then the former Juventus and Sevilla striker has been in brilliant form, and the 31-year-old followed up Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty at the start of the second half to hand Swansea their biggest win of the season.

Swansea City's Neil Taylor fends off Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson. Photo: Reuters
Swansea City's Neil Taylor fends off Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson. Photo: Reuters

"We absolutely believed Fernando can be an important player," Bradley said. "There's a good understanding with Gylfi playing underneath him.

"His presence, his experience as a winner... Every manager loves players who have been part of winning teams.

"They have the right mentality and can bring experiences from that winning culture into the training ground and dressing room."

Swansea had started the day bottom of the table and with Bradley under severe pressure, but victory took them above Sunderland - who now fill bottom spot - Hull and West Ham, who play their game in hand at Liverpool this evening.

Swansea City's Modou Barrow in action with Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson. Photo: Reuters
Swansea City's Modou Barrow in action with Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson. Photo: Reuters

"It's a nice bonus to be out of the bottom three, but the work is still there and we can't get ahead of ourselves," Bradley said. At the end of that, you can look at the table for a few seconds and say you're not there yet. But it looks better than last week and we can move forward.

"This is a step but we have to build upon it. There's a lot of work to do."

On the relegation picture, Black Cats boss David Moyes said: "We were out of it a while ago, now we're back in it.

"It's chopped and changed and it will continue to do so.

"I think there's a lot on teams winning at home at this level and Swansea have won theirs today."

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