A late double from backside of the league Swansea gave Carlos Carvalhal a dream begin to life in South Wales, with a the away aspect coming from 1-Zero behind to beat Watford at Vicarage Highway on Saturday afternoon.
It was Andre Carrillo’s 11th minute header that handed the Hornets the lead of their final sport of 2017, and with Swansea having did not win a sport from being behind for the reason that again finish of final season – they seemed to be in a great place.
Nevertheless, as the sport dragged on the Swans have been all the time in with a shout of getting one thing from the match, and a late couple of objectives from Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh handed them a a lot wanted three factors.
New boss Carlos Carvalhal’s debut as Swans boss introduced in three modifications from the membership’s embarrassing 5-Zero defeat to Swansea on Boxing Day; most notably re-introducing Renato Sanches into the beginning lineup, with Tammy Abraham and Sam Clucas additionally returning to the fold.
In the meantime, Marco Silva adopted up his aspect’s Three-1 win over Leicester with just one alteration to Watford’s beginning lineup – changing Argentine Roberto Pereyra with Stefano Okaka.
It took the Hornets little greater than ten minutes to take the lead over the Premier League’s backside aspect. Nice maintain up play from Okaka labored the striker room away from his marker in Federico Fernandez, earlier than slicing the Swansea defence with a by ball to Richarlison.
Lukasz Fabianski managed to dam the Brazilian’s shot heading in the right direction, nevertheless it fell straight to the pinnacle of Andre Carrillo – who merely knocked it into the underside left of the aim from contained in the field.
The remainder of the half kicked on with neither group carving out any actual alternatives. Fabianski was referred to as into motion a few instances from some reasonably weak efforts from the hosts; however on the reverse finish, Heurelho Gomes may’ve been forgiven for establishing a deck chair and becoming a member of the remainder of Vicarage Highway in watching the match.
For a group preventing for his or her Premier League lives on the backside of the desk, Swansea confirmed little or no urgency to get again into the sport – few sturdy tackles, not a lot tempo on the ball – permitting Watford to walk into half-time with a cushty 1-Zero lead.
Watford virtually doubled their lead early on within the second half when, once more, Richarlison discovered his approach in behind Swansea’s Naughton. A zipped ball throughout the face of the aim was barely too far forward of the outstretched Okaka, who was a certain to attain had he managed a toe on it.
The 53rd minute noticed the referee come to the help of the shedding aspect, after the Hornets had a aim softly dominated out that might’ve taken the scoreline to 2-Zero. Cleverley’s in swinging nook was met by the pinnacle of Molla Wague. The defender related confidently and put the ball into the nook of the aim, out of Fabianski’s attain. Nevertheless, it wasn’t to be – the referee having adjudged Wague to have pushed Tammy Abraham.
The remainder of the second half, very like the primary, dragged on with little coming to fruition for both group. Carvalhal’s aspect seemed a squad bereft of confidence, and attacking depth; whereas Silva’s males, whereas nonetheless looking for their second with a purpose to all however seal the win, appeared comfy sufficient with rating standing at 1-Zero.
And that second aim so almost got here within the 86th minute. A fast counter assault led to Andre Grey discovering himself one on one with Fabianski. The striker rooted the ball straight on the keeper, who barely moved with a purpose to save the hassle.
Immediately that failure to attain got here again to chew the Hornets.
The Swans rushed the ball ahead within the subsequent assault, and a looping cross from Kyle Naughton was met by substitute Oli McBurnie. The Scotsman headed the ball right down to Jordan Ayew, who slotted previous Gomes and received his aspect the equaliser 5 minutes from time.
Absolute scenes erupted solely three minutes later. A protracted shot from Nathan Dyer within the 89th minute wzas pushed away from the Watford keeper, just for Luciano Narsingh to be the primary to pounce on the ball, netting the inevitable winner for the Swans, and making Carlos Carvalhal’s debut with Swansea an evening to recollect.
And with that, the plucky Swans waltzed away from Vicarage Highway with an unimaginable three factors, shifting off the foot of the desk of their last sport of 2017. In the meantime can relaxation straightforward following Huddersfield’s bore draw with Burnley, however might be pissed off at their lapse in focus within the dying moments of the match.
| #watfordfc XI v @SwansOfficial | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Wagué, Kabasele, Zeegelaar; Doucouré, Watson; Carrillo, Cleverley, Richarlison; Okaka.
Subs | Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Sinclair, Grey. pic.twitter.com/FJJ0l2J98s
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