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Report: Palace 0-2 Swansea City

22 September 2013

Early goals at the start of each half cost Palace dearly as they lost 2-0 to Swansea City on a frustrating afternoon at Selhurst Park.

Despite their European exploits earlier in the week, the Swans showed now signs of fatigue as hot-shot Michu put the Welsh side a goal ahead in just the second minute, and another quick-fire strike at the start of the second half from Nathan Dyer sealed victory for the impressive visitors.

Ian Holloway handed a full debut to Barry Bannan and home bows for Cameron Jerome, Adelene Guedioura and Adrian Mariappa as he rejigged his side but they found themselves behind just a minute into the game after some vintage Swansea passing. 

Jonjo Shelvey and Wayne Routledge combined swiftly in the middle of the pitch and slipped a through-ball into Michu's path and the Spaniard smashed the ball into the net via a deflection off the diving Damien Delaney.

Evidently rattled after such an early setback, the Eagles were fortunate not to find themselves two goals down a couple of minutes later. Shelvey whipped in a corner that was met at the back post by Chico Flores, and his  header cannoned off the post before bouncing back across the area evading everyone.

As the first half progressed Ian Holloway's side began to weather the storm but found chances to test Michel Vorm hard to come by, with free-kicks from Jason Puncheon and Mile Jedinak being Palace's only attempts at goal.

The threat of the Welsh side came to the fore again when Routledge squared the ball to Michu who swept an effort towards goal but saw it flash over the bar and with seven minutes of the half remaining a flying save from Julian Speroni kept the lead from being doubled. 

A Swansea corner was cleared to the edge of the box but smashed goalwards on the volley from Angel Rangel, and with the ball arrowing into the top corner the Argentinian managed to get a hand to it to and push it away.

It was deja-vu though at the start of the second half for Palace as they fell further behind minutes after the restart. Michu found himself with time and space and slotted the ball through for Alvaro Vasquez who drilled the ball at Speroni. The Palace shot-stopper blocked the attempt but it rebounded back into the midfielder's path who tapped it to Dyer to simply steer into the unguarded net.

Delaney had been forced off at the break through injury which meant Jedinak was forced to play as a make-shift centre-back, and he found himself busy throughout the second half. Shelvey and Vasquez should have done better with shots they blazed over the crossbar and Michu thought he had a second when he broke through and tucked the ball beyond Speroni but was flagged offside.

For all their efforts, Palace were restricted to shots from range and Puncheon, Dwight Gayle, Guedioura and Jose Campana all had attempts from outside the area but never troubled Vorm as a muted display drew to a close.

Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney (Campana 46), Moxey, Jedinak, Guedioura, Bannan (Thomas 67), Puncheon, Jerome (Gayle 67), Chamakh. Subs: Alexander, O'Keefe, Kebe, Phillips.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Canas (Britton 77), Shelvey, Dyer (Pozuelo 71), Routledge, Michu, Vazquez (De Guzman 61). Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Tiendalli, Bony.

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