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It was just their failure to kill off Swansea either side of the break – when apparently in complete control – that nearly cost them dear.

Despite their fine record in N5, nobody expected the visitors to put up much resistance today. Without a win since the opening day, Swansea had sacked Francesco Guidolin and brought in Bradley from French side Le Havre.

The Premier League new boy cut a striking figure, dressed all in black, as he paced up and down his dug out in relentless fashion, screaming instructions, applauding every tackle and seemingly wanting to kick every ball.

Clearly, Bradley is nothing if not enthusiastic. He talks a good game, too, on the evidence of his lengthy unveiling to the world’s media ten days ago.

However, bold words count for nothing at the elite level and when Swansea were pegged inside their own half for the first ten minutes, Bradley must have feared a battering.

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