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Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace

By Jamie LillywhiteBBC Sport
Wilfried Bony scores for Swansea
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Crystal Palace produced a spirited display to earn a point from a lively encounter at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea dominated the early exchanges and went ahead when Wilfried Bony shot on the turn into the bottom corner for his sixth goal in the last seven games.

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But Jonjo Shelvey felled Marouane Chamakh and Mile Jedinak converted from the spot to equalise for Palace.

There were fewer chances after the break, Gylfi Sigurdsson twice firing off target from the edge of the area.

After the euphoria of last week's impressive victory against Liverpool, it was another solid performance from Neil Warnock's Palace, who might have been swept aside within the opening quarter.

Crystal Palace on the road
Palace remain without a clean sheet in seven away matches but have scored 10 goals on their travels

Swansea began in irresistible fashion, Jefferson Montero and Wayne Routledge causing havoc on the flanks and Sigurdsson linking skilfully with Bony through the middle.

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Bony, who had already twice gone close after flowing team moves, collected Sigurdsson's disguised pass just inside the area and fired in acrobatically from close to the turf.

Ironically, Palace improved after striker Dwight Gayle went off injured, as his replacement James McArthur brought much needed extra presence to the midfield.

The visitors had been reduced to the occasional foray from the pacy Yannick Bolasie but it was one of those bursts that led to a brace of corners, the second of which resulted in the penalty.

Shelvey was adjudged to have backed into Chamakh and Jedinak hit the spot kick down the middle to send Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way.

The equaliser revitalised Palace and they might have taken the lead when Ashley Williams missed his kick to allow Chamakh a clear sight of goal eight yards out, but Fabianski was alert to rush out and smother the shot.

Swansea's slip-ups
The Swans have conceded 13 points from leading positions, the most in the league this term

Swansea fans were convinced Chamakh, who had been booked for a scything challenge on the touchline, should have been dismissed for a handball on the edge of the box.

And Shelvey should have atoned for his earlier misdemeanour shortly before the break, firing wide when unmarked in space eight yards out.

After the break Swansea's creative players were unable to exert as much influence on proceedings as Palace's well-marshalled defence ensured further progress, the Eagles climbing to 14th in a congested mid-table.

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "Apart from 10 minutes in the first half we controlled the whole game. We had our chances but couldn't get the second goal and it became difficult.

"We were the better team by far but you have to put the ball in the net.

"It was difficult when they were basically camped out on their 18 yard box, but credit to them - they defended well."

[On the Palace penalty] "The referee signalled it was a taking away of the legs but it seemed inconclusive to me."

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock: "After a terrible start, as bad as I have seen us play in the first 15 minutes, we regrouped and I thought we always looked a threat.

"I thought there were opportunities to win the game.

[On Palace's penalty] "I thought it was a penalty, he stops him from getting the ball. They're a good group of lads, they work hard, we're limited but it's great the lads are doing what they're doing.

"It's a great point and the fans were brilliant again. Points in the Premier League are so hard to gather, and when you come to Swansea, nothing is easy here."

Crystal Palace's tribute to Phillip Hughes
Palace's Australian captain Mile Jedinak placed a cricket bat on the pitch in tribute to Phillip Hughes
Wilfried Bony scores for Swansea
Bony's emphatic finish gave Swansea a deserved lead on the quarter of an hour mark
Crystal Palace celebrate Mile Jedinak's equaliser
Jedinak continued his impressive scoring record with a fiercely struck penalty
Swansea v Crystal Palace
After early Swansea dominance it became a more even contest

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22Rangel
  • 27Bartley
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 8Shelvey
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forBarrowat 65'minutes
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 20Montero
  • 10BonySubstituted forGomisat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 7Britton
  • 14Carroll
  • 18Gomis
  • 25Tremmel
  • 29Richards
  • 58Barrow

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 4Hangeland
  • 34Kelly
  • 42PuncheonSubstituted forZahaat 81'minutes
  • 15Jedinak
  • 28Ledley
  • 7Bolasie
  • 29ChamakhBooked at 40minsSubstituted forCampbellat 66'minutes
  • 16GayleSubstituted forMcArthurat 21'minutesBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 10Campbell
  • 11Zaha
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Thomas
  • 18McArthur
  • 19Fryers
  • 25Bannan
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
20,240

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 1, Crystal Palace 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James McArthur.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Modou Barrow with a cross.

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    Hand ball by Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Modou Barrow.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur.

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    Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha replaces Jason Puncheon.

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    Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ledley.

  15. Post update

    Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Bafétimbi Gomis replaces Wilfried Bony.

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    Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell with a headed pass.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).