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18:47 30th October 2010

Crystal Palace 0-3 Swansea City

Crystal Palace succumbed to their second straight league loss with a 3-0 defeat to Swansea City at Selhurst Park. Scott Sinclair opened the scoring six minutes in, while Darren Pratley and Joe Allen added their goals in the second half to mark Palace's heaviest home defeat of the season. Ahead of the game George Burley named two changes from the side that travelled to Preston last weekend, with Edgar Davids, Adam Barrett and David Wright brought in to replace Anthony Gardner, Julian Bennett and Alex Marrow. But, with the Family Day drawing in an buoyant crowd, Palace's afternoon got off to the worst possible start. On six minutes Scott Sinclair latched onto an Angel Rangel cross that, with the help of an Edgar Davids deflection, floated over Julian Speroni and fell at his feet for a simple tap in. The Swans' left back had reacted quickest to receive a quick Andrea Orlandi free kick, and then chipped in a floated cross to Sinclair at the back post. However, the goal was not as clear cut as originally thought, because there was some immediate confusion as to whether it had actually been given. It all stemmed from a raised flag by the linesman, who was signalling for a penalty. The referee took note of it and initially disallowed it, only to then discuss the issue with his official and decide to give it instead. The Swans had controlled the opening stages, and it wasn't until the 15th minute that Palace carved out their first chance of the afternoon when Adam Barrett, in for an injured Anthony Gardner, surged forward with the ball and struck a dipping 30 yard effort over the bar. Wilfried Zaha then showed a classy touch to bring down Garvan's difficult pass on the edge of the box, tricked his way away from his two markers before aiming a low left footed effort that Dorus De Vries saved comfortably. It proved to be Garvan's last meaningful involvement in the game, because in the 33rd minute he pulled up with an injury and had to be replaced by Jonathan Obika. As the half reached its final quarter of an hour Palace appeared to grow in confidence and they took a greater hold in the game. It led to Zaha receiving more of the ball, and he began to give the Swans defence something to think about. Some neat footwork on the edge of the box saw him win a free kick 25 yards out which Vaughan tested De Vries with a fiery effort to the Dutchman's right. At the other end Speroni then had to be alert when Nathan Dyer's 20 yard shot bounced just in front of him. It was a much better Palace side that emerged from the changing rooms for the second half, but they still had to wait six minutes for their first real effort on goal. Obika received the ball wide on the right, skipped past his marker before laying it off for Kieran Djiali to shoot from just inside the box and forced De Vries into a save low down to his left.   The winger then wasted another glorious opportunity when Vaughan played the ball into the path of his overlapping run, and from 12 yards he screwed his shot into the Holmesdale, while  Allen then dragged a shot wide from 20 yards for Swansea after carrying it from inside his own half. But the attention was soon on the dugout as Darren Ambrose stepped up to take the place of Kieran Djilali and took to the field to a standing ovation. His first touch of the afternoon was to take a free kick on the right side of the box, but his delivery was poor and it was cleared away to safety at the near post. His second touch, though, almost led to a Palace equaliser when he neatly controlled the ball into his path, from a Vaughan flick on, and was denied a shot by the covering defender. It was a shame then that Swansea extended their lead on 70 minutes. Dyer's audacious chipped shot was tipped over by Speroni, and from the resulting corner Darren Pratley side-footed the ball past the Palace keeper from six yards. The scoreline was then increased further on 79 minutes, and it came about by the most simple of set ups to allow Allen the time 15 yards out to place a low shot past Speroni. The midfielder was picked out by Dyer, who had pinched the ball off Barrett in the midfield, and he rolled the ball into the inside of Speroni's right hand post. It could have been even worse three minutes from time had Dyer's flashing drive across the goal found the inside of the far post with two minutes to go. As it was though, the referee blew his whistle soon after and Brendan Rodgers' side travel back to Wales with three goals and three points. Att: 16,223 Darren Ambrose has been given a spot the substitute's bench by George Burley, who has named three changes to the starting XI that lost to Preston last weekend.  Edgar Davids, David Wright and Adam Barrett all start in place of Anthony Gardner, Alex Marrow and Julian Bennett. Crystal Palace: 1. Julian Speroni; 2. Nathaniel Clyne; 3. David Wright; 5. Paddy McCarthy; 6. Adam Barrett; 9. James Vaughan; 10. Owen Garvan (29. Jonathan Obika, 33); 11. Andy Dorman; 16. Wilfried Zaha; 20. Edgar Davids (25. Alassane N'Diaye, 80); 21. Kieran Djilali (7. Darren Ambrose, 60) Subs: 12. Calvin Andrew; 13. Lewis Price; 19. Julian Bennett; 32. Pablo Counago  Swansea City: 1. Dorus De Vries; 2. Ashley Williams; 3. Neil Taylor; 5. Alan Tate; 8. Darren Pratley; 10. Andrea Orlandi; (23. Scott Donnelly, 80) 12. Nathan Dyer; 21. Scott Sinclair; 22. Angel Rangel; 24. Joe Allen; 30. Marvin Emnes (14. Stephen Dobbie, 63) Subs: 7. David Cotterill; 9. Craig Beattie; 25. Yves Ma-Makalamby; 34. Joe Walsh; 35. Daniel Alfei  
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