Swansea 3-2 Burnley: Late Fernando Llorente winner lifts Swansea further from relegation
By James Kilpatrick
Last Updated: 05/03/17 7:03pm
A late winner from Fernando Llorente ensured Swansea continued their climb away from the relegation zone in their 3-2 victory over Burnley on Saturday.
Llorente opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Andre Gray equalised eight minutes later with a controversial penalty.
Gray scored again on the hour-mark to put Burnley ahead but the lead was short lived as Martin Olsson equalised for the hosts before Llorente headed the winner deep into injury time.
The result means Swansea move 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.
Swansea had already hit the woodwork twice through Alfie Mawson before Llorente gave them a deserved lead.
Leroy Fer sprinted down the right flank and past Robbie Brady before curling a cross in for the Spaniard, who powered his header past a helpless Robinson for his 10th goal of the season.
Burnley's equaliser would come in controversial circumstances. George Boyd's corner evaded everybody before striking the hand of Burnley forward Sam Bokes.
However, 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 a surprise lead.
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.
Fabianski (6), Naughton (6), Fernandez (6), Mawson (6), Olsson (8), Carroll (7), Fer (6), Cork (6), Narsingh (7), Sigurdsson (8), Llorente (9).
Subs: Ayew (7), Rangel (N/A), Amat (N/A)
Robinson (8), Lowton (6), Keane (8), Mee (8), Ward (6), Boyd (6), Barton (6), Hendrick (6), Brady (6), Vokes (6), Gray (8)
Subs: Arfield (N/A), Westwood (N/A), Tarkowski (N/A)
Man of the Match: Fernando Llorente