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March 2, 2014
• 11:30 AM
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 20240
J. de Guzmán 25'
G. Murray 83'
The visitors were much improved after the break, and could have even grabbed a winner in the closing stages. They can also be indebted to Speroni, who made a fantastic save to deny Bony at 1-0. For Swansea, their recent run of tough fixtures looked to catch up with them as they tired badly in the closing stages. They will now be glad of a fortnight off from league action. For now, though, I've been Tom Maston and thanks for joining me.
Referee Dean blows the final whistle and Crystal Palace have rescued what could prove a vital point at the end of the season. De Guzman had given a dominant Swansea the lead in the first half, but Murray's cool penalty was enough to send the Eagles back to London with a draw.
90' + 3'
Bolasie has been excellent since the break, and he almost finds a winner as he comes inside from the right but can only curl his effort over the bar. Into the final seconds now.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Jerome Thomas
PENALTY? NO! Appeals for yet another spot kick for Palace as Bolasie gets to the byline before finding Thomas in the area. The winger takes a touch before blatantly diving to try and win a penalty. Mike Dean rightly books him.
A break in play here as Amat stays down after taking a boot in the face from Murray. Swansea, having made three changes, cannot afford to lose another defender. He seems OK for now.
Dyer looks to break foward and steal the three points for Swansea, but Dann has a head start and is able to clear with ease. Every other home player is back in defence.
Swansea are desperately hanging on now, and after the first half few would have predicted that at half-time.
Murray again causes chaos as he finds space in the box but Amat does well to turn his goalbound effort behind. He has been the difference for Palace in the second period.
Penalty Goal Glenn Murray
GOAL!!! No mistake from the former Brighton man as he sends Vorm the wrong way and slots it into the top corner. Against ten men, the Eagles could even win this now.
Replays of the penalty incident seem to be showing that the original foul by Chico was outside the box, but he can still have no complaints about the red card. Swansea are going to have to hang on now.
Red Card Chico
PENALTY AND A RED CARD! What a calamity of errors from Swansea. A long ball over the top has Murray chasing, and as Vorm comes to clear, he can only kick air and the striker is in. Chico is left behind and can do nothing but pull the forward back. Big chance for Palace now as Murray steps up...
Palace are certainly growing in confidence as this match goes on and they are starting to build up a head of steam. An equaliser now would probably make them favourites to go on and win. They need to score first though.
More good play from the wings for Palace as Thomas turns Rangel before swinging a ball over from the left. Jerome is again the target, but his header is straight at Vorm who holds on.
Finally a sight of goal for Palace as Bolasie finds Jerome at the back post with a fine cross. The former Cardiff man nods back into Murray's path, but his hooked effort doesn't have the power to really trouble Vorm. He already looks to be getting the better of Amat.
Yellow Card Leon Britton
A first yellow card of the afternoon for a Swansea player as Britton is late on Jerome and is rightly penalised.
Less than 20 minutes left for the visitors now as they try to find a way back into this one. Vorm is still to be tested in the Swansea goal but I'm sure he will be braced for one last push from Palace.
A third and final change for Swansea as captain Williams is replaced at the heart of defence by Amat. Meanwhile Parr is off for Palace, with Thomas on in his place.
Swansea certainly don't have the same ability to hold the ball up once they win it with Bony off, and Lita is going to have to work hard to give his midfielders and option when they win the ball.
Palace are certainly starting to show a lot more belief and the energy that wasn't there in the first half has finally appeared. Can they find an equaliser? They have 25 minutes to do so.
A bit of a surprise here as Bony is replaced by Lita for the Swans. Possibly another injury after a tough run of fixtures for the home side?
Yellow Card Scott Dann
A third Palace player goes into the book as de Guzman breaks clear of Dann and the centre-back takes the yellow card for the good of his team.
Swansea certainly aren't having everything their own way as they did in the first half, with more of the play now taking place inside the home side's half. They remain in front, however.
Of the eleven players on the pitch for Palace at present, not one has scored more than once this season. If they are to get back into this game then they will have to seriously up their game in the final half an hour.
Murray's physical presence has certainly given Swansea's defence something to think about, but with the ineffective Jerome alongside him they are struggling to maintain any attacks. Still fairly comfortable for Monk's team.
Speroni is again called into action as Routledge twists and turns on the left-hand side of the box before finding Bony, but the striker can't quite get the power behind his shot that he needs and the goalkeeper fields with ease.
Wearing his trademark baseball cap, Pulis is very animated on the touchline, but as yet the visitors have struggled in their attempts to test Vorm. They at least are showing more energy in the second half.
Bolasie's move to the right does seem like it may bear fruit as the winger twice gets the better of Davies, only to see his crosses cleared by the home defence. Better from the Eagles.
Despite the change in system, Palace are still struggling to gain any possession as of yet, with Swansea again happy to keep the ball in midfield and be patient with their attacking play.
Yellow Card Cameron Jerome
Jerome picks up a silly booking as he needlessly trips Chico from behind and referee Dean has no option but to show a yellow card. The Swansea defender is typically theatrical as he goes to ground.
That substitution has brought about a change in formation for Palace as Murray joins Jerome up front with Bolasie switching to the right and Ledley moving to the left-hand side of midfield.
Big cheers from the home faithful as Ince is substituted at the break by Pulis. Murray is on, and we are back underway...
The players are making their way back out onto the pitch at the Liberty Stadium, and despite being outplayed for the whole of the first half, Crystal Palace will know they are still in this. If they are to find a way back into the match, though, they will have to look to get out of their own half more in the second period.
If it weren't for Speroni then the hosts could have stretched their lead, with Bony and de Guzman both denied by the goalkeeper. He will be hoping for less action at his end in the second period when the teams, and I, return for the second period.
Mike Dean blows the half-time whistle and Swansea have been thoroughly dominant in the first half. De Guzman's goal separates the sides and in truth the Swans full deserve it. Pulis must look at his tactics at the break if Palace are to get back into this.
45' + 3'
Dyer has managed to return but he is moving rather gingerly. We may not see him after the break if he remains in trouble.
45' + 1'
We are into three minutes of stoppage time, but that will be added to still with Dyer limping from the field. It seems he is going to sit out the rest of the half and get some treatment at the break.
Surely not another injury!? Dyer is down on his haunches after being caught by Parr on the Swansea right. It seems to be his previously injured right ankle that is bothering him as he lies on the turf.
Speroni continues to get involved in the game as Bony looks to find de Guzman breaking from midfield, but the goalkeeper is off his line quickly to clear for a throw-in.
Despite not showing anything going forward, Palace have defended strongly for most of the first half. They are still getting everybody behind the ball but Swansea will not change their passing philosophy.
The Eagles are struggling to get out of their own half, with Bolasie and Ince struggling to get their foot on the ball and run at the Swansea full-backs. The hosts are very comfortable at present.
WHAT A SAVE! Swansea should be two up, and they would have been if not for Speroni. Rangel gets down the right hand side and delivers into the box first time where Bony is too strong for Delaney. The Ivorian looks set to slide home from six yards, but somehow Speroni gets down to his left to parry one-handed. Palace struggling at present.
Yellow Card Mile Jedinak
The first booking of the match goes to Jedinak as he is beaten to the ball by Britton and he cynically brings down the Swansea man in midfield.
Almost a second for Swansea as Canas plays a delightful ball over the top, and de Guzman almost prods home, only for Speroni to react quickly and push the ball away from the onrushing midfielder. De Guzman, who has replaced Hernandez behind Bony, is causing plenty of problems with his runs.
Confirmation of Jerome replacing the stricken Chamakh as the lone striker for Crystal Palace.
It looks as if Chamakh's afternoon may be over, with Jerome being readied on the Crystal Palace bench. That is a big blow for the visitors as they look to get back into this match.
There could be a further blow for Palace here with Chamakh limping badly and holding his hamstring. He has barely had a touch as yet with the Eagles' defensive tactics.
Swansea's tails are up, and Dyer threatens on the right as he gets the better of Parr before crossing from the byline, and Ward has to react quickly to head away. Pulis may have to look at his tactics if his side are to get back into this.
Assist Leon Britton
Goal Jonathan De Guzmán
GOAL!!! Swansea have been far superior in this first half, and finally they take the lead. Bony holds the ball up well before a little flick finds Britton, and the midfielder in turn plays in de Guzman, and the Dutchman cannot miss. That is three goals in five matches for the Swans man.
Opportunity for Palace to test the Swansea defence as Ledley curls in a free-kick from the left, but Delaney cannot stretch enough at the back post to get on the end of it.
That change has now come for Swansea, as Hernandez is replaced by Canas. The former Valencia man almost found the net with his final touch, but he dragged his effort wide from the edge of the area.
Bony almost gets behind the Palace defence for the first time as he finds de Guzman before the Dutch midifielder looks for him with a delightful flick. Delaney is alive to it though and clears.
Canas had been called back from his warm-up on the sideline, but it seems Monk is happy to wait to make any change is planning. Meanwhile Chamakh gets a header in on goal, but it is easy for Vorm to collect.
Jose Canas is being readied on the Swansea bench as it seems Monk will be forced into making an early change. He will be hoping any substitution will not affect the amount of the ball his side is seeing.
Crystal Palace really are defending very well, with Jedinak pressuring the ball in front of his back four. Surely they can't just defend for 90 minutes though?
Neither goalkeeper has been tested as yet with Swansea keeping the bulk of possession in midfield. Unfortunately the likes of Hernandez and de Guzman are yet to find a killer pass in the final third.
Plenty of boos for Ince whenever he finds himself in possession. The winger was heavily linked with a move to Swansea both in pre-season and January, but instead chose Palace after deciding to leave Blackpool.
Not the most inspiring start to proceedings as de Guzman wastes an opportunity to create something as his corner from the left is easily cleared. Palace secure enough at the back so far.
A first proper attack from the visitors, but after Parr breaks forward from left-back, Bolasie wastes the opportunity. The winger cut back onto his right foot but his cross was badly overhit and flew out for a goal kick.
Pulis has certainly noted the importance of avoiding defeat today, with every Palace player getting behind the ball whenever Swansea keep possession in midfield. The home side will have to work hard to pass their way through the Eagles this afternoon.
Crystal Palace have started well, dominating possession, but it is Swansea who threaten early on as Hernandez plays Dyer in down the right, but the linesman's flag is up. Replays suggest that was the wrong decision. An early let-off there for the visitors.
Swansea kick-off their 44th match of the season and we are underway...
Swansea complete their preparations with a team huddle with the crowd in full voice. Here we go...
The pre-match handshakes are done and we are all but ready for kick-off in Swansea. Neither side can really afford to be defeated this afternoon.
The two teams are in the tunnel and their is an electric atmosphere inside the stadium. There has been plenty of rain in South Wales today, meaning we could be in for an attritional battle if the pitch is heavy.
Goals from Michu and Dyer secured all three points for Swansea in the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park earlier in the season, but that was Ian Holloway's Crystal Palace side, not Tony Pulis' incarnation. The Eagles have become much tougher to beat since then and should test the Swans this afternoon. Just five minutes until kick-off now at the Liberty Stadium.
Looking at the league table, a win for either side this afternoon could prove crucial in their survival bid, with Swansea especially having a big chance to move to move clear of Sunderland in 18th in the table. A victory for the Welsh outfit would see them move into the top half of the table, though victory for the visitors from London would see them leapfrog their hosts in the table with just eleven matches to play before the end of the campaign.
Tony Pulis, meanwhile, brings Bolasie and Dikgacoi back into the Palace side after the 2-0 reverse against Manchester United. Jason Puncheon and Glenn Murray are the men to miss as the former Stoke manager reverts to a 4-3-3 formation with Chamakh the focal point up front.
Garry Monk has made three changes to the Swansea side that lost to Napoli in midweek, with Rangel, Britton and Dyer returning to the side. Jonjo Shelvey remains on the sidelines with injury along with last season's top scorer Michu.
Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Parr; Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ledley; Bolasie, Ince, Chamakh.
Swansea: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, de Guzman; Dyer, Hernandez, Routledge; Bony.
Before we go any further, the teams are in ahead of kick-off...
As Swansea are finding out, a change of manager can certainly have the desired effect in the Premier League, and Crystal Palace are testament to that. Tony Pulis has resurrected their hopes of survival since replacing Ian Holloway, and despite defeat to Manchester United last time out, they still remain clear of the relegation zone and on course to defy all the odds.
Defeats to Napoli and Liverpool will have taken a lot out of Monk's side in the past seven days, but if the battling performances that have underpinned the Swans since Michael Laudrup was sacked can continue today, then they will be difficult to beat. Wilfried Bony is in fine form up front, and with Pablo Hernandez finally beginning to show Premier League supporters what he can do, they again look an attacking force.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League encounter between Swansea City and Crystal Palace as the battle to beat relegation hots up. Garry Monk's side crashed out of the Europa League against Napoli on Thursday, but they will have to put that result behind them with a crucial league match against an improving Palace side now of primary importance. I'm Tom Maston and I'll be guiding you through all the action.
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