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Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea City

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
Yohan Cabaye and Jack Cork
Yohan Cabaye and Jack Cork had a number of confrontations during the afternoon

Crystal Palace's push towards the Premier League's top four stalled as a much-changed Swansea side ground out a point at Selhurst Park.

Swans caretaker boss Alan Curtis saw his side secure a third clean sheet in a row to remain above the bottom three.

Palace defender Brede Hangeland's flicked header early in the second half was well saved by Lukasz Fabianski, who later denied Patrick Bamford.

Gylfi Sigurdsson almost won it for Swansea, but his free-kick was saved.

Chamakh struggles as Palace fall short

Marouane Chamakh
Marouane Chamakh scored the winner when Palace beat Swansea 1-0 on the final day of last season

Palace had moved to within reach of the Champions League qualification places by scoring nine goals in their four matches before Christmas.

Alan Pardew's side, though, have been held to goalless draws in each of their two festive fixtures so far.

Pardew gave Marouane Chamakh his first start of the season, with the former Arsenal striker bidding to regain full match fitness after a thigh problem.

Chamakh, though, made little impact, with Palace's best chances coming once Bamford came on as a half-time substitute.

Bamford, on loan from Chelsea, had Palace's clearest opening, but shot straight at Fabianski after James McArthur's pass had ricocheted into his path.

The biggest disappointment for Pardew, though, was a soft first-half yellow card for winger Yohan Cabaye, who will be suspended for next weekend's Premier League meeting with Chelsea.

Swansea show steel

Crystal Palace v Swansea
Crystal Palace (left) were able to play further forward than Swansea, as the average position graphic of each player shows

Curtis made eight changes to the side that beat West Brom 1-0 on Boxing Day in an attempt to keep his players fresh.

His line-up included three men - centre-back Jordi Amat, midfielder Matt Grimes and forward Marvin Emnes - who had not played a single minute of Premier League football all season.

It was one of the three players who retained his place who proved the key, though, with captain Ashley Williams outstanding in central defence.

Curtis' side restricted Palace to just two shots on target, and almost snatched a second 1-0 win in three days, with home keeper Wayne Hennessey getting across well to push aside Sigurdsson's stoppage-time free-kick.

Angel Rangel
Swansea defender Angel Rangel was one of eight players rested after playing against West Brom on Boxing Day

Man of the match - Ashley Williams (Swansea)

Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams inspired Swansea to a third successive clean sheet

What the managers said

Pardew frustrated by 'poor' refereeing
Williams is Swansea's rock - Curtis

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "I just thought it was a poor decision to book Cabaye. We've lost him for a key game. Fans pay a lot of money to see players like that, and the referee's taken him out of the game.

"A mistimed challenge is not a yellow card. It's a deliberate tackle to stop someone progressing down the pitch. Brede Hangeland escapes a booking for a far worse challenge.

"We want great players on the pitch. Stop handing out yellow cards."

Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis: "It was an excellent point against a very good Crystal Palace team. They showed today why they are where they are in the table.

"We're unbeaten in three with three clean sheets. That's a huge improvement on where we've been of late.

"I thought Ashley was brilliant. He's been the rock of the side for any number of seasons. Ashley epitomised the spirit of the team."

The stats you need to know

  • Crystal Palace have won one of their last nine league matches against Swansea (W1 D4 L4).
  • Swansea have conceded just three goals in those nine meetings.
  • Palace's run of six league games without defeat is their best in the top flight since April 1993.
  • Swansea have managed victory in just one of their last 11 Premier League trips to London (W1 D3 L7).
  • The Swans have won just one away league game all season, at Aston Villa on 24 October.
  • Crystal Palace have not won their final league game of a calendar year since 2011.

What next?

Swansea face an intriguing trip to Manchester United on Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Crystal Palace - minus the suspended Cabaye - host Chelsea on Sunday (13:30 GMT)

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 4HangelandBooked at 90mins
  • 23SouaréBooked at 57mins
  • 15Jedinak
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forMutchat 75'minutes
  • 11Zaha
  • 7CabayeBooked at 34mins
  • 42PuncheonSubstituted forLeeat 71'minutes
  • 29ChamakhSubstituted forBamfordat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 8Bamford
  • 9Campbell
  • 14Lee
  • 22Mutch
  • 28Ledley
  • 34Kelly

Swansea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 2AmatSubstituted forBartleyat 77'minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 3TaylorBooked at 59mins
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forKi Sung-yuengat 56'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 24Cork
  • 21Grimes
  • 11EmnesSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 56'minutes
  • 18Gomis
  • 58Barrow

Substitutes

  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 10A Ayew
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 20Montero
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 27Bartley
  • 35Kingsley
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
23,714

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Swansea City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Swansea City 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Brede Hangeland tries a through ball, but Mile Jedinak is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Booking

    Brede Hangeland (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Brede Hangeland (Crystal Palace).

  8. Post update

    Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Grimes.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Matt Grimes (Swansea City).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

  16. Post update

    Matt Grimes (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ki Sung-yueng.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

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    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

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    Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.