Swansea Overcome Horrible Referee Error To Beat Burnley
4th March 2017
Swansea City won their 3rd concecutive home League game this afternoon - overcoming one of the worst errors you`ll ever see and coming from a 2-1 deficit to beat Burnley 3-2 - moving them 5 points clear of the bottom three in the process.
The story of the match will focus on the referee`s complete and utter incompetance, clearly showing an actual hangover having been enjoying his stag do abroad earlier this week - believe it or not.
The Swans though will focus on their own performance, a team completely transformed under new head coach Paul Clement. Showing impressive resilience and superb character to comeback from a 2-1 deficit, not only did they get the equaliser but to then go on and win it - thanks to another excellent headed goal from Fernando Llorente, who opened the scoring for us within 13 minutes - converting a powerful cross from Leroy Fer.
To say Burnley found some luck after the opener would be a huge understatement. The Swans were dominating and looked in total control, as Burnley made the most of an opportunity when they got forward to win a corner, as Fabianski made a great save at full stretch as a shot took an awkward deflection.
Vokes and Mawson went up to compete for the aerial ball, the Burnley striker`s arms were outstretched - the ball struck it - and the referee points to the spot. Gray converts.
The Swans players pleaded as Vokes remained quiet, knowing it was his arm the ball had struck. The referee re-confirms the spot kick by pointing to it again, and the Swans restart the game in complete frustration.
Burnley also made the most of another opportunity that came their way in the second half, a long ball was flicked down to Gray, and with no Swansea defender within 3 or 4 yards of him, he was able to turn and put the ball past Fabianski.
Dyche`s men were hopeful to hang on for what would have been their first win on their travels, but what followed proved more evidence as to the incredible job that Paul Clement has done in the little time he`s been here.
Sigurdsson and Carroll linked up to send Olsson through as the third man run, similar to his goal against Leicester - as he ran through before firing it past the goalkeeper.
A point decent given the circumstances? Probably, but the Swans were able to send one more pin-point cross for Llorente - this time from Carroll, the Spanish striker sent the ball back in the direct it came to see it fly into the corner of the net. 90th minute winner?! He runs off blowing kisses to the crowd, and Swans get what they deserve - a vital three points which sees us go 5 points clear of the danger-zone.
Paul Clement runs up the line - similar to the way Brendan Rodgers did when Darren Pratley confirmed our place in the Play-Off final with a goal from the half-way line, he - along with the 20,000 fans are in raptures, what better way to win such an important game, by coming back from defeat in the final few minutes!?