Jordi Amat hails "game-changer" Fernando Llorente after Swansea City beat Crystal Palace 5-4
28th November 2016
Jordi Amat hailed "game-changer" Fernando Llorente after the striker's match-winning heroics sealed the most dramatic of victories.
The Swans edged a nine-goal thriller at the Liberty last weekend, with Llorente coming off the bench to score twice in additional time to claim a memorable 5-4 win over Crystal Palace.
And Amat was full of praise for his fellow countryman, who had earlier played a huge part in Leroy Fer's goal which had put the Swans 2-1 ahead.
"It was incredible for Fernando to score two goals, and get an assist," said Amat.
"We all know he is an incredible player. He has played at the highest level and won the European Championship and World Cup with Spain.
"But it was important for him to do what he did, and in such a dramatic way.
"When you come on as a substitute the manager wants you to make an impact, and he certainly did that.
"Some people may have thought that at 4-3 we would be finished. When you are 3-1 up but then go 4-3 down, it can kill belief.
"But this side is full of belief, and that is important.
"Fernando was our game-changer - hopefully we will see a lot more of that this season."
Victory moved the Swans off the bottom of the Premier League, with Llorente's goals helping deliver Bob Bradley his first win since taking over.
And Amat believes the squad have taken confidence from the performances and results over the last two games, which have included a 1-1 draw at Everton.
"Crystal Palace are a good team, and that was a tough game on Saturday," added the centre-back.
"We were very disappointed to have conceded the goals that we did - especially when we went 4-3 down.
"That is something we need to learn from and improve on, but the reaction of everyone was incredible. The players, the supporters - everyone played their part.
"This must be a step forward for us now. The performances in the last few games have improved, and that helps our confidence so must take that into the game at Tottenham this Saturday."
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