Carvalhal makes winning start with stunning late turnaround


Swansea City produced a stunning late turnaround to win 2-1 at Watford in Carlos Carvalhal's first game in charge.

Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh scored in the last five minutes after Andre Carrillo had given the hosts an 11th-minute lead.

Molla Wague had a goal harshly ruled out for a soft shove on Tammy Abraham early in the second half, while substitute Andre Gray should have done better when he fired straight at Lukasz Fabianski from a one-on-one scenario shortly before Ayew's leveller.

Watford v Swansea - how the match unfolded

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The equaliser came from a knockdown from Oli McBurnie, and fellow substitutes Narsingh and Nathan Dyer combined for the winner.

Dyer's low drive from distance was parried into Narsingh's path by Heurelho Gomes, and the Dutch winger coolly slotted home for Swansea's first Premier League away win since August.

The result lifts Swansea off the foot of the table, with West Brom set to face Arsenal on Sunday.

Key Opta Stats:

  • Five of Watford’s Premier League games this season have seen a 90+ minute winning goal – two in their favour, three against.
  • This was the fourth Premier League game this season that Watford have been winning with 20 minutes remaining and have ended up as the losing team.
  • Watford have now lost 16 points from winning positions this season in the Premier League, more than any other team.
  • Swansea scored a 90+ minute winning goal in a Premier League game for the fourth time and for the first time away from home April 2014 at Newcastle, when Wilfried Bony scored their winner that day.
  • Swansea picked up their first Premier League away win since August 26th (2-0 at Crystal Palace) and ended an eight-game winless run on the road in the competition (W0 D1 L7).
  • Watford have lost three of their four Premier League games against sides placed at the bottom of the league since the start of last season – with two of those coming this month (Crystal Palace and Swansea).
  • André Carrillo scored his first Premier League goal and became only the fourth Peruvian to score in the competition, after Nolberto Solano (49), Herlyn Zuniga (3) and Claudio Pizarro (2).
  • Carrillo was the 14th different player to score for Watford in the Premier League this season, a joint-high spread of players along with Chelsea.