- Swansea vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 2 March 2014 | Liberty Stadium | Referee: Mike Dean | Attendance 20,240

Swansea
  • Jonathan De Guzmán (25)
Swansea
1 - 1
Crystal Palace
  • Glenn Murray (82 Pen)
Crystal Palace

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Glenn Murray scored a late equaliser as Crystal Palace snatched a 1-1 draw at Swansea City on Sunday.

Swansea were totally dominant in the first half, and deservedly took the lead through Jonathan 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 & Hove Albion striker netted the leveller from the spot in the 82nd-minute after being brought down by Chico Flores, who was subsequently given his marching orders.

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 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 rushed off his line. The players came together, Dean awarded the penalty and Murray duly hammered home his first Barclays Premier League goal.

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "In terms of what we've been through, I couldn't have asked for any more from them.

"If you can't win a game the next best thing is not to lose it and if we had lost that game it would have been an injustice, but we didn't which is great from my perspective."

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: "In the second half we played a little bit more on the front foot, we turned their midfield players around and made them defend a bit more and I think the longer the game went on in the second half, the more dominant we became.

"It's a great result. We're delighted to pick up a point at Swansea."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Michel Vorm 5.0 5.14
4. Chico 5.0 4.48
6. Ashley Williams 0.0 4.89
22. Angel Rangel - 4.68
33. Ben Davies - 4.67
7. Leon Britton - 4.55
20. Jonathan De Guzmán - 4.61
11. Pablo Hernández - 5.09
12. Nathan Dyer - 5.44
15. Wayne Routledge - 5.0
10. Wilfried Bony - 6.4
Substitutes All Fans BFR
57. Marvin Emnes - 3.45
2. Jordi Amat - 3.62
3. Neil Taylor - 2.75
18. Leroy Lita - -
26. Álvaro Vázquez - 3.58
25. Gerhard Tremmel - 3.1
21. José Cañas - 4.21
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Julian Speroni - 5.46
2. Joel Ward - 5.1
6. Scott Dann - 5.78
4. Jonathan Parr - 4.82
27. Damien Delaney - 4.56
28. Joe Ledley - 6.4
15. Mile Jedinak - 5.53
8. Kagisho Dikgacoi - 4.42
11. Thomas Ince - 6.25
7. Yannick Bolasie - 4.93
29. Marouane Chamakh 0.0 5.72
Substitutes All Fans BFR
19. Daniel Gabbidon - 4.67
46. Barry Bannan 10.0 4.47
30. Cameron Jerome - 4.26
17. Glenn Murray - 5.85
26. Wayne Hennessey - 5.5
16. Dwight Gayle - 5.27
14. Jerome Thomas - 3.91

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