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Bob Bradley believes Brian Flynn's return can boost Swansea

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Bob Bradley feels former Swansea manager Brian Flynn has a key role to play in the January transfer window after rejoining the club as a scout.

Flynn saved Swansea from dropping out of the Football League on the final day of the 2002-03 season and returns to his native south Wales having worked as a scout at Everton for two years while Roberto Martinez was in charge at Goodison Park.

The 61-year-old developed a reputation as a star-spotter when he was in charge of Wales' youth sides between 2004 and 2012 - helping to produce the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen - and Bradley believes Flynn's knowledge will serve Swansea well as they attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Brian played a real important role here with some of the real success that has taken place.

His eye for talent has paid off in the past. So when we talk about recruitment, it starts with people who can spot talent. Brian's track record in that regard at Swansea is special, as is his experience as a manager.

So I'm looking forward to working with him, but it is fantastic for all of us to have a football man like that as we try to move things forward.

– Bob Bradley, Swansea City Manager

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Real Madrid say Bale has had successful ankle surgery

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Gareth Bale has successfully undergone surgery on his damaged ankle in London, Real Madrid have announced.

Bale went under the knife at the King Edward VII Hospital to repair the peroneal tendon injury he sustained during Real's Champions League victory over Sporting Lisbon last week.

READ MORE: Real Madrid winger Bale suffers ankle injury

Real have not said how long they expect the Wales international to be sidelined for but media reports have suggested he could be out for up to three months.

Wales' next scheduled match is the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on March 24.

Villa remain unbeaten with 3-1 win over Cardiff City

Aston Villa continued their recent revival under Steve Bruce on Saturday, with a 3-1 Championship win over Cardiff at Villa Park.

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Cardiff were reduced to 10 men in the 84th minute when Lee Peltier was sent off, and the hosts made sure of the points in the final minute when substitute Rudy Gestede converted a penalty after Jack Grealish had been brought down.

Despite an early goal from Rickie Lambert Cardiff were unable to close the gap.

The result stretched Villa's unbeaten run to six games - it mean they remain the only team in the Championship with an unbeaten home record.

Llorente scores Swans' winner in stunning 5-4 victory

Substitute Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time to hand Swansea a sensational 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace.

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Palace - who had earlier led through Wilfried Zaha's 19th minute lead goal - were 3-1 down when James Tomkins, an own goal from Jack Cork and Christian Benteke turned the game on its head.

But Swansea, who had seen Leroy Fer add a second-half double to Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick, claimed a first Premier League win since the opening day of the season, when Llorente twice finished from close range.

The win is a first for boss Bob Bradley since he became manager in October.

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HT: Aston Villa 2 - 1 Cardiff City

Cardiff City are trailing one goal behind hosts Aston Villa in the Championship.

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An early goal from Villa's Albert Adomah started proceedings, with Rickie Lambert shortly equalising.

Jonathan Kodjia put the hosts in front as they went into the break.

'Exemplary off-pitch performances' in both Cardiff and Swansea

Football liaison policing officers from both Cardiff and Swansea say ‘flattering’ football arrest and banning order figures released by the Home Office are a reflection of team effort from clubs, supporters, and officers at the grounds on match days.

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They say arrest figures for both clubs put them both in the bottom half of the table in their respective leagues.

Figures reveal that on match days in Cardiff and Swansea, 36 arrests were made by police officers between 31st July, 2015, and 1st August, 2016.

There were 16 arrests in Cardiff and 20 arrests in Swansea - the combined total for both clubs is less than the arrest totals recorded by 18 individual Premiership and Championship clubs.

These figures are flattering and evidence that in the past ten years we really have come a long way. You don’t have to go back that far to recall when fans of both clubs had reputations which needed improving, but, with lots of hard work, we are making sure that football in south wales is a family affair which can be enjoyed by everybody, by weeding out and deterring those who incite trouble.

– Chief Inspector Steve Jones
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