Coach: Bob Bradley (Swansea City)
Regarding entertainment value, Bob Bradley’s first win as Swansea City manager yielded probably the best game of the season so far in terms of the spectacle. There were exhibits of awful defending at times, but rather than criticise Bradley for his team’s shipping of four goals, we need to appreciate just how well he did to pick his team up from going 3-4 down- having been 3-1 ahead- to win the game 5-4. That was owed mostly to an inspired subsitution, introducing match-winner Fernando Llorente from the bench in place of Wayne Routledge.
The Spaniard, despite being on the pitch to see Swansea throw away the lead then dug his manager and his team out of jail, with two stoppage time goals to turn the match on its head. There is still work to be done on the training pitch to tighten the Swans up at the back, but without that slackness in the back four we wouldn’t have been treated to this game, and as neutrals we can be grateful for that. Work to be done, but the Swans have made progress under Bradley and this first-win for the American may be the turning point in their season which re-ignites their bid to survive in the Premier League. For now, Bradley and his team can enjoy the points, and the gaffer can enjoy a mention in our Pick of the Week.