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Played
March 2, 2014 4:30 PM GMT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 20240‎
 
Top of the Match
Jonathan De Guzmán
Jonathan De Guzmán
Swansea
Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray
Crystal Palace
Flop of the Match
Thomas Ince
Thomas Ince
Crystal Palace
Chico
Chico
Swansea

Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace: Murray spot on to save point for Pulis

The visitors secured a late draw after Jonathan De Guzman had given the hosts a 25-minute lead at the Liberty Stadium

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Crystal Palace secured a valuable away point in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. 

Glenn Murray scored from the spot after Chico gave away a penalty in the closing stages, cancelling out Jonathan de Guzman's first-half opener.

Swansea were totally dominant in the first half, and deservedly took the lead through De Guzman in the 25th minute.

Palace's Tom Ince - a January transfer target for the hosts - had questioned Swansea's ability to deal with the Londoners' attacking threat in the build-up to the match, but it was his half-time replacement Murray who sparked an upturn in the visitors' performance.

And the former Brighton and Hove Albion striker netted the leveller from the spot in the 83rd minute after being brought down by Chico Flores, who was subsequently given his marching orders.

Flores' initial contact with Murray appeared to occur outside the box, but referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot and the forward picked himself up to place the penalty into the top-right corner. 

The result lifts Palace three points clear of the relegation zone, while Swansea slipped a place to 15th.

Swansea returned to a more familiar starting XI than the one that featured in their UEFA Europa League exit in Napoli on Thursday, and dominated possession in the opening stages as Palace struggled to get out of their own half.

Despite having almost exclusive possession of the ball, Garry Monk's side were not creating any meaningful goalscoring opportunities, with two De Guzman free-kicks both floating harmlessly out for goal kicks.

And it was Palace who eventually had the first attempt on target in the 20th minute, as Marouane Chamakh nodded a limp header into the arms of a grateful Michel Vorm.

Pablo Hernandez drilled wide of the right-hand post at the other end shortly after, but was subsequently replaced by Jose Canas after being forced off with an injury.

A wonderful passing move then led to the opener in the 25th minute. Ashley Williams - holding a high defensive line as Palace sat deep - played the ball forward to Wilfried Bony, whose flick into the path of Nathan Dyer allowed the winger to tee up De Guzman to slot beyond Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

Palace's limited attacking threat was dealt a blow five minutes later when Chamakh's game was ended by an apparent hamstring injury, and Speroni had to be on high alert 10 minutes before the break to deny Bony from close range.

The visitors looked livelier after Murray's introduction for the second half, conceding nowhere near the amount of possession they had in the opening 45 minutes, but still struggled to really test Vorm in the Swansea goal.

But the game turned on its head 10 minutes from time, as Flores brought down Murray after Vorm had recklessly rushed off his line.

The players came together just outside the area, but Dean awarded the penalty and Murray duly hammered home his first Premier League goal.



Swansea

1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
Chico
Defender
82′
2.00
6
Ashley Williams
Defender
70′
3.00
22
Ángel Rangel
Defender
3.00
33
Ben Davies
Defender
3.00
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
25′ 74′
3.00
11
Pablo Hernández
Midfielder
22′
2.50
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
3.00
15
Wayne Routledge
Midfielder
3.00
20
3.50
10
Wilfried Bony
Striker
63′
3.50

Crystal Palace

3.00
1
Julian Speroni
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Joel Ward
Defender
2.50
6
Scott Dann
Defender
63′
2.50
27
2.50
4
3.00
7
3.00
8
2.00
11
Thomas Ince
Midfielder
46′
2.50
15
Mile Jedinak
Midfielder
35′
2.50
28
Joe Ledley
Midfielder
2.50
29

Substitutes

25
 - 
2
Jordi Amat
Defender
70′
2.00
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
 - 
21
3.00
26
Álvaro
Striker
 - 
57
Marvin Emnes
Midfielder
 - 
18
Leroy Lita
Striker
63′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
26
 - 
19
2.00
14
Jerome Thomas
Midfielder
70′ 92′
 - 
46
Barry Bannan
Midfielder
 - 
16
3.50
17
2.50
30

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Striker
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Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0