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Sunday, September 22, 2013
 Full Time
Crystal Palace
Swansea City
 0-1Michu  2'
 0-2N. Dyer  48'
HT: 0-1
Selhurst Park (Attendance: 22,466)
Referee: Kevin Friend
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Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City
Minute Commentary
So where do Palace go from here? Ian Holloway brought in 15 new faces over the summer and it's clear they're taking time to gel. They didn't really have a chance to today; Swansea were superb after taking an early lead and withstanding some first-half pressure. Dyer's goal on 48 minutes effectively ended the contest and the Welsh side's nimble possession football ultimately wore down their opponent's spirit. Michu was perhaps the stand out man, his link-up play between midfield and attack a thing of beauty at times. On this form at least, there doesn't seem anyone in the Palace side who can make that key difference to their own passing game and Chamakh too often found himself unsupported up front.
We're all done here, although in reality we were finished as soon as Nathan Dyer scored that second. It's been easy for Swansea this second-half.
Campana has had a high drive just over the bar, but apart from that we're just wiling away the minutes now. A foul from Routledge on the Spanish midfielder gives Palace a free-kick 30 yards out but his subsequent ball is dealt with. Palace then win a corner and Campana's delivery causes trouble, but not enough and Swansea clear.
A generous five minutes of stoppage time from the fourth official there. Surely too late for Crystal Palace to get anything out of this though; Swansea looking as comfortable as you like and intricate passing between Shelvey and Michu sets Routledge free on the left. He doesn't manage to control it though and it's out for a goal kick.
The Palace fans are starting to leave and the fat lady's clearing her throat. I reckon this one's done and dusted folks. Palace's attacks are lacking any conviction in these final stages.
Michu with a chance to make it 3-0 after Alex Pozuelo lifts the ball over the Palace defence from the left. The ball's bobbling about for the Spaniard and he finally brings it under control just a little too close to Speroni, who sprawls himself to deflect the shot away.
Finally a clear chance for Palace as Chamakh takes the ball down in the area and, under pressure from Williams, gets a shot away. He's offside though and Swansea once again proceed to play an impressive game of keep-ball.
Every time Crystal Palace attack the ball ends up with a Swansea shirt. Every time Swansea attack they create a chance - that's been the difference between the two sides today. Guedioura and Michu both test Speroni with low drives; up the other end Jerome Thomas beats Leon Britton on the left but his ball is too far across the area and is cleared.
Another change for Swansea. Leon Britton comes on for Jose Alberto Canas in a straight swap in midfield. The free transfer from Real Betis has worked well sitting in front of the back four and has been key in breaking up Palace's attacks. Palace are still trying to make something happen but the pace has dropped and a wayward cross ball from Puncheon goes out for a throw-in, killing the move.
Shelvey and Michu combine on the left to put Alex Pozuelo through to the by-line. He finds Shelvey again, on the edge of the area to the left of goal. The bald-headed midfielder's right footed shot is high and wide though.
A moment of hope for Palace as their record signing almost makes an immediate impression. His low left-footed drive from outside the penalty area rolls agonisingly wide of Vorm's right-hand post. It takes a deflection which means a corner, although Punchon's ball ultimately results in nothing.
Swansea fans starting the 'Ole!' chants with each pass. That might be a little premature from the Welsh contingent but it's hard to suggest that the three points are going anywhere else than back to the Valleys this afternoon. Alex Pozuelo comes on for goal scorer Nathan Dyer.
Barry Bannan, who made his Palace debut today, is replaced by another new boy in Jerome Thomas. Thomas was signed in pre-season but has been injured thus far this campaign. Up front, club record signing Dwight Gayle is on for Cameron Jerome. Gayle came from Peterborough for a fee that could rise to £8.5 million.
Palace are up in the Swansea half and, from a corner, manage to retain possession. However Mariappa's cross from the right isn't controlled by Bannan in open space on the left of the area and Swansea manage to come away with it. It's frustrating for the home fans, who are trying their best to rally their team.
Palace look like they've changed formation to a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation, with Jerome now moving up alongside Chamakh. The pair haven't really hit it off today, although in fairness to them, their midfield haven't been able to give them much support in the first place.
Not content to just play one-touch football on the ground, Rangel and Michu indulge in a game of headers and volleys on the left of the Palace area, the beleagured defence helpless as the Spaniard takes the return from Rangel and fires a shot towards Speroni's goal. It's blocked Danny Gabbidon, but Swansea are starting to look a little imperious. Jonathan De Guzman comes on for Alvaro.
Swansea are looking really comfortable in possession now and Michu, Shelvey and Dyer pick apart the Palace midfield with some beautiful one-touch build-up. Michu finds Alvaro on the edge of the area in space and his curled right-footed shot is just wide of the right-hand post. You get the sense that Palace's heads might have just dropped a little.
There was a question of offside as Michu threaded that ball through to Alvaro in the build-up to the goal; replays show he was just about on however. Meanwhile at the other end there's a bit of a fracas between Rangel and Moxey. Rangel is furious after Moxey takes away his legs in the Swansea area and in the resulting melee between the players, Chamakh and Rangel find themselves in the book.
Alvaro finds himself free to the right of the area and his low shot is parried back to him by Speroni. Alvaro then finds Dyer on the edge of the six yard box, and he tucks away high into the net.
We're back under way here at Selhurst Park. Ashley Williams must have been patched up because he's still on the field. However Damien Delaney is off for Palace. He's replaced by Jose Campana. Palace are playing left to right.
That's half-time. Swansea took the early lead with Michu's well-placed finish. Palace have tried to apply some pressure but their build-up play has thus far seen little end product and Swansea have been content to crowd them out in front of their own area and counter on the break. More incision is needed from Ian Holloyway's side if they're going to get back into this.
Palace finishing the half strongly here with Bannan and Chamakh seeking to probe the Swansea defence. They end up running out of room in the midfield though and, in what's becoming a pattern, Swansea break quickly with Canas tackled on the left of the area for the away side's eighth corner of the match. Shelvey's cross isn't great and is cleared
Ashley Williams looks to be struggling. The Swansea skipper was an injury doubt before the game and he doesn't appear to be running properly. He fails to deal with a Mariappa cross that's begging for someone to get on the end of it but is ultimately put out by Swansea for a corner, and you have to wonder if he'll see the second-half.
Oh my what a hit! A corner is cleared out to the edge of the area where Angel Rangel is lurking, he re-adjusts his body to thunder a volley towards Speroni's goal, who just manages to tip it round for a corner. That would have been something special.
A foul from Chico gives Palace a free-kick 30 yards out just left of centre. Guerdioura fancies it and his low drive twists and turns before being saved by Vorm.
Palace have their first corner of the match on the right hand side after Canas mistakenly thinks the ball is out of play and unwittingly makes sure that it is. Puncheon's corner is dealt with comfortably though and Swansea regain possession. There still hasn't been any sustained pressure from Palace and every time Swansea get the ball back it's a tough job getting it back off them.
A volley from Michu on the edge of the area is deflected by Gabbidon over the bar. The resulting corner from Davies on the right sees Shelvey pick the ball up and head into the area, his cross from the by-line hits Moxey and calls for hand ball go up. It's just a corner that's given though, resulting in a header over the bar from Michu. Moxey can count himself lucky there.
Dyer jinks past a couple of players in the midfield with a turn of pace and finds Alvaro on the edge of the area. The forward's return pass is perfectly weighted but Dyer can't quite get his first touch right and his eventual shot inside the box is charged down. A shame after he'd worked hard to create the opportunity.
First booking of the afternoon goes to Dean Moxey after he goes in hard on the back of Wayne Routledge. He can't have too many complaints about that.
Oh my goodness! Swansea break after a penalty area scramble and Routledge heads down the right. His low ball into the box finds Michu in acres of space on the penalty spot; bizarrely though the Spaniard opts for a nochalant back heel that goes nowhere. Why didn't he just shoot!?
Swansea break through Angel Rangel on the right who manages to find Nathan Dyer on the same side level with the penalty area. Dean Moxey is alert to it though and gets the ball out for a throw in. From that, Shelvey's cross is cleared and the home team can breathe again. Swansea aren't looking as incisive as they were in the very opening stages.
Ian Holloway is sitting behind the Palace goal, serving out the second game of his two-match touchline ban. It's fair to see he's looking anxious as his side struggle to penetrate a Swansea team who still haven't really been troubled. Jason Puncheon is trying to make things happen in the midfield, although too often his balls forward to Jerome and Chamakh aren't getting through.
Palace starting to get the feel of the ball now - they'd barely touched it in the first 10 minutes - and promising build-up play between Barry Bannan and Marouane Chamakh sees the latter find Adrian Mariappa free on the right of the penalty area. With only one home player in the box though his cross goes harmlessly out for a goal kick.
Palace finally starting to make inroads into the Swansea half and Puncheon's threaded ball through to Cameron Jerome on the edge of the area is only just cut out. Swansea get the ball back though and break so quickly to take play back up to the Palace area. It comes to nothing but they're looking threatening every time they come forward at the moment.
Disputable foul from Delaney on the Swansea right down near the corner flag. Shelvey takes it but his cross is far too hard and flies over the heads of everyone in the area. I spoke to soon clearly.
Jonjo Shelvey's started brightly for Swansea. He was both hero and villain last Monday against Liverpool, opening the scoring, but then making mistakes that led to both Liverpool goals. He found redemption in assisting Michu for the equalising goal in the 2-2 draw, but he seems keen to make a solely positive impression this time out.
Swansea are putting the home side under immense pressure early on with two corners. Both from Shelvey cause problems in the box, with Chico getting in a shot in on target. A foul by Guedioura ends the danger for now though.
What a start! 80 seconds on the clock and Michu scores after a Routledge one-two on the edge of the area with Shelvey finds him in space in the area.
We're underway. Palace in claret and blue, with blue shorts and socks are playing right to left. Swansea are in their familiar all-white.
There's a minute's applause at Selhurst Park for former club chairman Peter Morley, who sadly passed away recently aged 84.
The big news for Swansea is that skipper Ashley Williams is fit to regain his place in the starting line-up, in a team showing four changes from the midweek side who beat Valencia. Jonjo Shelvey and Ben Davies come back in, as does recent signing Alvaro. Palace bring in Cameron Jerome up front as well as Barry Bannan and Adlene Guedioura in midfield.
Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Chico, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Jose Alberto Canas, Jonjo Shelvey, Michu, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Alvaro. SUBSTITUTES: Gerhard Tremmel, Amat, Dwight Tiendalli, Leon Britton, Jonathan De Guzman, Alex Pozuelo, Wilfried Bony.
Julian Speroni, Adrian Mariappa, Danny Gabbidon, Damien Delaney, Dean Moxey, Mile Jedinak, Adlene Guedioura, Barry Bannan, Jason Puncheon, Cameron Jerome, Marouane Chamakh. SUBSTITUTES: Neil Alexander, Stuart O'Keefe, Jose Campana, Jimmy Kebe, Jerome Thomas, Dwight Gayle, Kevin Phillips.
Crystal Palace are without midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi, who serves a one-game ban after his red card last weekend. They're also without Joel Ward, out with a calf injury, although Jerome Thomas and Jonathan Parr may return after injury. Swansea's big worry is their captain Ashley Williams, who is still struggling with the ankle injury that ruled him out of their win in midweek. Ben Davies and Jonjo Shelvey are expected to return to the starting line-up – they were on the bench against Valencia - but Pablo Hernandez is still out with a hamstring problem.
Ian Holloway has admitted that Michael Laudrup's style of play at Swansea has hugely influenced the way he directs Palace approach to playing. "They made me realise how beautiful the game is and how passing and moving can make you a better defensive unit” he said during the week. So will both teams commitment to silky football result in a classic, or will their similar styles cancel each other out?
After the Welsh side's win in Spain, manager Michael Laudrup has warned against them getting carried away. "We have another important game on Sunday in the Premier League, so we have to move on," he said midweek. "It's important to be happy about this result, it was a great night, but we already have to think about Sunday."
There isn't a much better fillip to the beginning of a season than beating former Champions League finalists on their own turf. That's exactly what Swansea did mid-week and their confidence is likely to be sky high following that 3-0 win over Valencia in the Europa League. For newly-promoted Crystal Palace, it's been the dogfight to keep their heads above water, like many pundits predicted, but they haven't looked outclassed in this league – a 3-1 home win over a struggling Sunderland last month their best result to-date.
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Team Stats
Crystal Palace Swansea City
0 Goals 2
0 Assists 2
9 Shots 15
1 Shots on Goal 7
5 Saves 1
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
8 Crosses 8
6 Corner Kicks 7
1 Offside 4
13 Fouls Committed 11
2 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
47% Ball Possession 53%
Crystal Palace
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Julian Speroni 90 - 0 0 2 5
3Adrian Mariappa 90 0 0 0 - -
13Jason Puncheon 90 0 0 0 - -
15Mile Jedinak 90 0 0 0 - -
19Danny Gabbidon 90 0 0 0 - -
21Dean Moxey 90 0 1 0 - -
27Damien Delaney 45 0 0 0 - -
29Marouane Chamakh 90 0 1 0 - -
30Cameron Jerome 67 0 0 0 - -
31Adlene Guedioura 90 0 0 0 - -
46Barry Bannan 67 0 0 0 - -
6Jose Campana 45 0 0 0 - -
14Jerome Thomas 23 0 0 0 - -
16Dwight Gayle 23 0 0 0 - -

Swansea City
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Michel Vorm 90 - 0 0 0 0
4Chico 90 0 1 0 - -
6Ashley Williams 90 0 0 0 - -
8Jonjo Shelvey 90 0 0 0 - -
9Michu 90 1 0 0 - -
12Nathan Dyer 71 1 0 0 - -
15Wayne Routledge 90 0 0 0 - -
21José Alberto Cañas 78 0 0 0 - -
22Ángel Rangel 90 0 1 0 - -
26Álvaro 61 0 0 0 - -
33Ben Davies 90 0 0 0 - -
7Leon Britton 12 0 0 0 - -
20Jonathan De Guzman 29 0 0 0 - -
24Álex Pozuelo 19 0 0 0 - -
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City
90' Half Over  Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City
90' Corner Kick  Jose Campana (Crystal Palace) - Headed Out - In Play
90' Cross  Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) - Headed Out - In Play
90' Free Kick  Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace)
90' Foul  Campana fouled by Jonathan De Guzman (Swansea City)
90' Goal Kick  Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
90' Throw-In  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
90' Throw-In  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
90' Goal Kick  Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
90' Shot  Jose Campana (Crystal Palace)
90' Goal Kick  Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
89' Foul  Shelvey fouled by Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace)
89' Foul  Wayne Routledge (Swansea City)
88' Foul  De Guzman fouled by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)
87' Shot on Goal  Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City)
85' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
84' Offside  Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace)
84' Foul  Thomas fouled by Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
83' Throw-In  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
83' Goal Kick  Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
81' Cross  Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) - Headed Out - In Play
80' Shot on Goal  Michu (Swansea City)
80' Foul  De Guzman fouled by Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace)
80' Shot  Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace)
79' Offside  Michu (Swansea City)
78' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
78' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
78' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
78' Substitution  Leon Britton (on). Cañas (off). (Swansea City)
77' Cross  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) - Headed Out - Out of Play
77' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
77' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
76' Goal Kick  Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
76' Shot  Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City)
73' Yellow Card  Chico (Swansea City)
73' Foul  Thomas fouled by Chico (Swansea City)
72' Shot  Michu (Swansea City)
72' Corner Kick  Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
71' Shot  Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace)
71' Throw-In  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
71' Substitution  Álex Pozuelo (on). Dyer (off). (Swansea City)
70' Cross  Ben Davies (Swansea City) - Clearance In Play
69' Foul  Cañas fouled by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace)
68' Goal Kick  Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
68' Corner Kick  Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
67' Substitution  Dwight Gayle (on). Jerome (off). (Crystal Palace)
67' Substitution  Jerome Thomas (on). Bannan (off). (Crystal Palace)
66' Foul  Campana fouled by Jonathan De Guzman (Swansea City)
64' Cross  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) - Completed Pass
64' Throw-In  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
64' Corner Kick  Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) - Headed Out - Out of Play
63' Shot on Goal  Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
61' Goal Kick  Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
61' Shot  Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
61' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
61' Substitution  Jonathan De Guzman (on). Álvaro (off). (Swansea City)
60' Throw-In  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
60' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
59' Shot  Michu (Swansea City)
58' Foul  Dyer fouled by Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
58' Throw-In  Ben Davies (Swansea City)
57' Cross  Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) - Defended by Keeper
57' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
57' Goal Kick  Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
56' Shot  Álvaro (Swansea City)
54' Shot  Michu (Swansea City)
54' Shot on Goal  Ben Davies (Swansea City)
54' Foul  Álvaro fouled by Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace)
53' Throw-In  Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
53' Cross  Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) - Headed Out - Out of Play
53' Offside  Álvaro (Swansea City)
52' Cross  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City) - Headed Out - In Play
51' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
51' Goal Kick  Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
51' Yellow Card  Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace)
50' Yellow Card  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
50' Foul  Rangel fouled by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace)
48' Goal  Nathan Dyer (Swansea City)
48' Shot on Goal  Nathan Dyer (Swansea City)
48' Cross  Álvaro (Swansea City) - On Target
48' Shot on Goal  Álvaro (Swansea City)
47' Foul  Williams fouled by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace)
47' Goal Kick  Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
46' Substitution  Jose Campana (on). Delaney (off). (Crystal Palace)
46' Start Half 
45' Half Over  Crystal Palace 0-1 Swansea City
45' Corner Kick  Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) - Defended by Keeper
43' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
43' Throw-In  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
41' Offside  Álvaro (Swansea City)
41' Throw-In  Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace)
41' Corner Kick  Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) - Headed Out - Out of Play
40' Cross  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) - Clearance Out of Play
40' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
39' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
39' Corner Kick  Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) - Defended by Keeper
38' Shot on Goal  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
38' Corner Kick  Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) - Headed Out - In Play
37' Foul  Dyer fouled by Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace)
37' Shot  Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace)
36' Foul  Jerome fouled by Chico (Swansea City)
35' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
34' Corner Kick  Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) - Headed Out - In Play
32' Foul  Jerome fouled by Chico (Swansea City)
31' Shot  Michu (Swansea City)
31' Corner Kick  Ben Davies (Swansea City) - Off Target
31' Corner Kick  Ben Davies (Swansea City) - Headed Out - In Play
30' Shot  Michu (Swansea City)
30' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
29' Foul  Cañas fouled by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)
28' Yellow Card  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
28' Foul  Routledge fouled by Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
28' Throw-In  Ben Davies (Swansea City)
27' Cross  Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) - Overhit
24' Foul  Chamakh fouled by Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
23' Offside  Álvaro (Swansea City)
23' Cross  Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) - Headed Out - In Play
23' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
22' Goal Kick  Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
21' Shot  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
21' Shot  Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
21' Free Kick  Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
20' Foul  Chamakh fouled by Chico (Swansea City)
20' Shot  Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace)
19' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
18' Throw-In  Ben Davies (Swansea City)
18' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
17' Cross  Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) - Defended by Keeper
17' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
16' Goal Kick  Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
16' Foul  Moxey fouled by Álvaro (Swansea City)
16' Goal Kick  Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
15' Cross  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) - Directly Out
14' Foul  Nathan Dyer (Swansea City)
14' Cross  Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) - Clearance In Play
10' Cross  Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) - Overhit
10' Free Kick  Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City)
10' Foul  Dyer fouled by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace)
9' Throw-In  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
9' Throw-In  Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
8' Throw-In  Ben Davies (Swansea City)
8' Throw-In  Ben Davies (Swansea City)
7' Throw-In  Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
5' Throw-In  Ángel Rangel (Swansea City)
4' Foul  Cañas fouled by Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace)
4' Shot  Chico (Swansea City)
4' Corner Kick  Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) - Off Target
3' Corner Kick  Ben Davies (Swansea City) - Headed Out - In Play
2' Goal  Michu (Swansea City). Assist by Routledge
2' Shot on Goal  Michu (Swansea City)
1' Start Half 
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