Fernando Llorente's "incredible sensation" after dramatic double
26th November 2016
Fernando Llorente admitted feeling "an incredible sensation" after his last-gasp double saw Swansea City claim an extraordinary 5-4 win over Crystal Palace.
The Swans looked on course for a relatively comfortable victory when Leroy Fer put them 3-1 up on 69 minutes.
But Palace scored three times in nine excruciating minutes to put Alan Pardew's men 4-3 up heading into the closing stages of an unforgettable game.
Yet the Swans were not finished. Llorente poked home Gylfi Sigurdsson's drive in the last minute of normal time, then steered in from close range in stoppage time to secure the Swans' first home win of the season.
"It was an amazing game," Llorente said through a grin.
"I couldn't believe it when they turned the game around, but this is football.
"It's an incredible sensation for us to go and win like we did. They went ahead so late but we were able to score two more to win. It's amazing."
Llorente has had a stop-start season following his summer move from Sevilla.
He was not in Bob Bradley's 18 at Everton last weekend, but made a stunning impact after coming off the bench against Palace.
His first touch was a header which led to Fer's first goal of the day - which made it 2-1 - and then came his two predator's strikes at the end.
"We are very, very happy," Llorente added. "I am happy to score the goals and help my team to win the match.
"It's a crazy match, and it's very important for us. We need confidence and I think this match will help us a lot.
"It's also very important for me, for my confidence, to score these goals. Before my injury I scored against Manchester City and I was feeling good.
"Then it was difficult for me after the injury. But every day I work hard and this is the important thing."
Bradley paid tribute to his former Spanish international frontmen.
He said: "Fernando was brought to this club as an experienced striker, a strong player and strong guy who has been on winning teams.
"The start of his season has been up and down for many reasons, but he is a good professional who understood when he was left out.
"I want to give a lot of credit to him. Fernando is a player who can be a big plus for us. There's never a doubt about that."