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Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace

Jordan Ayew celebrates scoring the equaliser for Swansea.
Jordan Ayew celebrates scoring the equaliser for Swansea in Leon Britton's first game in charge

Managerless Swansea City remained bottom of the Premier League despite salvaging a point against a resurgent Crystal Palace thanks to a spectacular equaliser from substitute Jordan Ayew.

Ayew struck with a vicious swerving effort from 20 yards to give Swansea just an eighth point from 10 home Premier League games this season, leaving them four points adrift of safety.

Under the guidance of temporary player-manager Leon Britton after Paul Clement was sacked, the hosts seemed energised but failed to trouble their opponents in a goalless first half.

Palace posed a threat on the break and, after Ruben Loftus-Cheek was brought down by Federico Fernandez, Luka Milivojevic stroked his penalty down the middle to give Roy Hodgson's men the lead.

But Ayew's goal gave Swansea a point as their search for a new manager continues, with former Palace manager Frank de Boer and ex-West Ham boss Slaven Bilic among those under consideration.

For Palace, the draw extended their club record unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight games but they slipped to 16th in the table.

Britton in at the deep end

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Draw shows Swansea's great character - Britton

Being placed in temporary charge of the Premier League's bottom side was an onerous first managerial job for Britton, a modern-day Swansea great with more than 500 appearances to his name since first playing for them in December 2002.

The diminutive midfielder played in every division as the Swans rose from the fourth tier of English football to the top flight, though the 35-year-old admits they have lost their way of late - perennially flirting with relegation, beset with off-field issues, and no longer playing with the attractive style which was once a hallmark.

Swansea's struggles have made for a toxic atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium for much of the past two years, but Britton's presence in the dugout was a unifying force against Palace as the home crowd roared his name.

The Swans played with a higher tempo than they had done in recent weeks, but for much of the game did not look like adding to their dismal tally of 12 goals from 18 Premier League games.

In fairness to Clement, the Welsh club's poor form this season was by no means solely his fault, and arguably more a result of their dire recruitment as they failed to adequately replace their two best players - Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente - who left at the start of the season.

Tammy Abraham, the England striker on loan from Chelsea, struggled to impose himself on the game and was not offered the necessary support from his midfielders.

But, just as it seemed Swansea were running out of ideas, the industrious Ayew stepped off the bench to provide the game's best moment with a powerful strike which flew past Julian Speroni.

Palace's revival continues - just

Wilfried Zaha was a threat for Palace
Wilfried Zaha was a threat for Palace, taking on the most opponents (22) of any player and winning five fouls

While Swansea had a coaching debutant on the touchline, Palace were hoping to continue their revival under a 70-year-old veteran in Roy Hodgson, who had started his managerial career before Britton was born.

Their longest sequence of Premier League matches without defeat owed much to a new-found defensive solidity - which was on display for long spells again here - and the pace and attacking threat players such as Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend offer on the break.

The latter was close to scoring a fine opening goal when his curling effort from the edge of the area was excellently tipped over by a stretching Lukasz Fabianski, while Loftus-Cheek went close with a swerving shot of his own.

Palace's ventures into the Swansea box were more sporadic after the interval but they made one such visit count when the agile Loftus-Cheek drew a clumsy challenge from Fernandez.

After having penalty-taking duties snatched from him by Christian Benteke - who then missed - in the draw with Bournemouth earlier this month, Milivojevic struck his spot-kick confidently beyond Fabianski.

The Eagles looked comfortable at this point and, although their unbeaten run is intact, Hodgson will be annoyed his side surrendered the opportunity to claim a fifth win of his reign as they sat back and invited late pressure.

Man of the match - Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (right) attempts to win the ball
In a match of little quality, the link man between Palace's midfield and attack at least offered some moments of class, including the run which earned the Eagles their penalty.

'The players gave me everything' - what they said

Swansea caretaker manager Leon Britton: "I'm very proud of that performance. If any team was to get a winner it was us and the players have given me everything they had.

"We needed fresh legs to give us a spark and Jordan came on and got the goal and was lively. Obviously he'll be disappointed not to start but you can see Jordan has the right attitude

"The fans are great with me, I'm always appreciative of that. Nothing has changed and I'm delighted we have the point but I'm not interested in the job full-time

"It's day by day and as soon as something changes they'll let me know."

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson: "I think we looked quite dangerous on the counter and our defence was solid throughout - we really restricted their chances to a minimum so it wasn't a surprise when we went in front but they scored a very good goal. It's another point in our fight out of the relegation zone so we're not too unhappy.

"I think when they see the video they'll agree it was a penalty. As far as I'm concerned the referee has given it and you get on with it

"It's been going well with Benteke and Wilfried the past few games, and he gives us a focal figure in our attack. It's a different style to when Wilf and Andros play together but all things considered a point away from home is another step in our building exercise.

"We've got to build our house brick by brick."

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'Modest' Hodgson 'satisfied' with point

Palace go unbeaten in eight - the stats

  • Crystal Palace are now unbeaten in eight Premier League games - their longest run in the top flight since October 1990 (a run of 12).
  • Only Manchester City (27) and Liverpool (10) are on longer unbeaten runs in the Premier League than the Eagles.
  • Ayew scored his first goal in 16 Premier League games, since netting Swansea's second in their 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in the reverse fixture in August.
  • No player has scored more penalties in the Premier League this season than Milivojevic (three, level with Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney).
  • Despite earning a point, Swansea will be bottom of the table on Christmas Day - only three clubs have ever survived relegation from the Premier League despite being bottom at Christmas (West Brom 2004-05, Sunderland 2013-14 and Leicester 2014-15).
  • Swansea have had two or fewer shots on target in 10 of their 19 Premier League games this season.

What's next?

Swansea City head for Anfield to face Liverpool on 26 December (17:30 GMT), while Crystal Palace host Arsenal on 28 December (20:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26NaughtonSubstituted forRangelat 80'minutes
  • 33FernandezBooked at 32mins
  • 6Mawson
  • 16Olsson
  • 17Clucas
  • 51MesaBooked at 85minsSubstituted forFultonat 89'minutes
  • 14Carroll
  • 11NarsinghSubstituted forJ Ayewat 66'minutes
  • 10Abraham
  • 12Dyer

Substitutes

  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 18J Ayew
  • 22Rangel
  • 35Renato Sanches
  • 56Fulton
  • 62McBurnie

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 34Kelly
  • 5Tomkins
  • 6Dann
  • 15Schlupp
  • 18McArthurBooked at 51mins
  • 7CabayeSubstituted forSakoat 76'minutes
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 62mins
  • 8Loftus-Cheek
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forvan Aanholtat 85'minutes
  • 11ZahaBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 3van Aanholt
  • 13Hennessey
  • 23Souaré
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 26Sako
  • 42Puncheon
  • 44Riedewald
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
20,354

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 1, Crystal Palace 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Crystal Palace 1.

Foul by Federico Fernández (Swansea City).

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Swansea City).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jay Fulton replaces Roque Mesa because of an injury.

Delay in match Roque Mesa (Swansea City) because of an injury.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Swansea City).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Sam Clucas.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Patrick van Aanholt replaces Andros Townsend.

Booking

Roque Mesa (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Roque Mesa (Swansea City).

Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bakary Sako.

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Angel Rangel replaces Kyle Naughton.

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Crystal Palace 1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Bakary Sako replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

Attempt blocked. Tom Carroll (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jordan Ayew replaces Luciano Narsingh.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luciano Narsingh.

Booking

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 0, Crystal Palace 1. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Federico Fernández (Swansea City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Crystal Palace. Ruben Loftus-Cheek draws a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City19181060124855
2Man Utd19133341142742
3Chelsea19123432141839
4Liverpool1998241231835
5Tottenham19104534181634
6Arsenal19104534231134
7Burnley199551615132
8Leicester197662928127
9Everton197572430-626
10Watford196492734-722
11Huddersfield196491731-1422
12Brighton195681523-821
13Southampton194781825-719
14Stoke1954102240-1819
15Newcastle1953111929-1018
16Crystal Palace194691629-1318
17West Ham1945101935-1617
18Bournemouth1944111528-1316
19West Brom192891427-1314
20Swansea1934121126-1513
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