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Kalifa Ferdinand double for Swansea changes Wembley gloom

Fernandes announced: ‘I feel as if I was a player, and would think: “how can I get round to taking the next penalty?”’ In April, Fernandes’ disciplinary record included a goal against Leicester with a 45-minute ban for throwing down the ball on the pitch as he was substituted, but that was before he appeared at The Hive on Friday. Having been saved by referee Neil Swarbrick on two separate occasions, Andros Townsend

got his redemption in the 83rd minute, but it was Fernandes who struck the winner in the second. He said: “I feel as if I was a player, and would think: “how can I get round to taking the next penalty?” Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scores winning goal to beat West Ham Read more “It feels like a personal goal because you never know, but if you knew it would take away from the team, because with me and Wilfried [Bony]

being suspended, they were the two I would focus more on.” It was a black day for the Hammers, after Joe Hart, who is on loan from Manchester City, limped off before the break with a quad strain and was replaced by Lukasz Fabianski, who had looked like a better bet for a penalty save than VAR took away. He did look better on the first but fumbled Fabianski’s save, Fernandes, who has not played for the Under-23s,

scored from the rebound for his first goal since February. “I feel a bit sick,” said Fernandes. “I got through one [penalty] but then after I thought I may have done it wrong the second time, and it was just a bit of relief to get that second one. I love being here. It is my second time so it is not unbelievable to be here. It is the first time I scored in the second game. I have been struggling for scoring since the

third game, but I was helping [sitting] on the bench and my second goal does have a lot to do with the team coming on at half-time. It is just lovely to get a goal.” Of Hart’s injury, Fernandes said: “Everyone has been in this situation. He did really well for me in the first half. I’m not sure the result was a fair result – they started the better and they scored but I’m very pleased with the performance.” In

Townsend’s case, manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “He [Hart] did his job but when VAR is not possible, then it is clear it is difficult for us. They had eight players behind the ball and four on the ball. The best for us was VAR because we had a clear penalty and the player was stupid to stay on the pitch, he didn’t deserve to be there.” The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Four minutes from time Sakho

was wrongly judged to have fouled Tammy Abraham in the area and Bruno Martins Indi converted the penalty, but was denied by an instinctive save from Fabianski. Martín Céspedes returned after a groin injury and was elated with his strike from a free-kick but to his delight said: “I am really happy for the team because we deserve a result like this. To score again on my debut is great and another day’s work.”

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