Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson: Most bizarre game of career
27th November 2016
Gylfi Sigurdsson believes Swansea City have given themselves a platform to build from following the "most bizarre game" of his career.
A nine-goal thriller with Crystal Palace saw the Swans come out on top to record their first victory since the opening-day win at Burnley.
Nine goals, the lead switching hands four times and a remarkable brace from substitute Fernando Llorente were the highlights of a quite remarkable encounter at the Liberty on Saturday.
A first win under Bob Bradley looked on course with the Swans leading 3-1 thanks a quickfire Leroy Fer double.
But Palace powered on and led 4-3 going into the final few minutes.
The big Spaniard - on for Wayne Routledge - had already played a big part in a goal earlier on with his header proving crucial to one of Fer's strikes.
But the striker had the final say as he first deflected Sigurdsson's effort past Wayne Hennessey to level, before sending the Jack Army delirious with a 93rd-minute winner.
And Sigurdsson, who had levelled with a trademark free-kick in the first half, believes the manner of this win can prove key to the team's bid to climb out of the relegation zone.
"It was a real mix of emotions," said the midfielder.
"We are obviously happy with the win, but then frustrated that we were 3-1 up and then led the lead slip away to fall 4-3 behind.
"But we showed a lot of character coming back. At 4-3 a lot of teams would have given up and let the minutes run out.
"But we didn't. We got a lucky one to make it 4-4 then to make it 5-4 before the end was hugely satisfying.
"It was the most bizarre game I've ever been involved in."
Victory moved the Swans off the bottom and to within touching distance of West Ham and Palace, who sit two points above Bradley's side.
Sigurdsson added: "The belief is there. Now we need to build on this result and the one at Everton.
"There was a lot of emotion throughout the game. To go 3-1 up then trail 4-3, but to win it in injury time - it's crazy.
"I've said in the last few weeks that it was about getting three points. Whether it is pretty or not, it doesn't matter.
"A 3-1 win would have been great for our confidence, but to win it in the way we did is massive for team morale and spirit."