- Swansea vs Crystal Palace

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Saturday 29 November 2014 | Liberty Stadium | Referee: Martin Atkinson | Attendance 20,240

Swansea
  • Wilfried Bony (15)
Swansea
1 - 1
Crystal Palace
  • Mile Jedinak (25 Pen)
Crystal Palace

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Mile Jedinak's first-half penalty secured a 1-1 draw for Crystal Palace as they battled back to earn a point at Swansea City on Saturday.

A strike from the spot earned a Barclays Premier League point for the away side at the Liberty Stadium last season, and history repeated itself this time around.

Wilfried Bony gave the home side an excellent start inside quarter of an hour, turning his man to fire home, before Jedinak equalised with a powerful spot-kick for his fifth goal of the campaign, after Jonjo Shelvey had brought down Marouane Chamakh.

Shelvey nearly made amends for his error after the break, only to volley straight at goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

However, a spirited second-half performance from Palace ensured they held on for a point, although Neil Warnock's men have now gone four away games without a win.

Despite a setback at Manchester City last week, Swansea came into the game having made their best Barclays Premier League start, largely due to an impressive home record that had seen them beaten just once in the competition all season.

Boosted by the return of attacking duo Shelvey and former Palace winger Wayne Routledge, the hosts soon set about asserting themselves once again during the opening five minutes, with Bony heading just wide after some good work from Jefferson Montero.

Gylfi Sigurdsson flashed a free-kick just over the bar three minutes later, as the visitors struggled to find the fluency that saw them triumph over Liverpool last weekend, despite having only made one change to that winning side.

Warnock’s side had previously never won a Barclays Premier League game at the Liberty Stadium, and were behind inside 15 minutes when Sigurdsson picked out Bony in the area, with the Ivorian shaking off the attentions of Brede Hangeland to drive home for his sixth of the season.

The Eagles were dealt a further blow when Dwight Gayle was forced to limp off, but they were given an unlikely route back into the game after 25 minutes when Shelvey tripped Chamakh inside the box, with Jedinak duly converting from the spot.

That goal galvanised the London club, with Chamakh forcing a superb save from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski four minutes later, before Yannick Bolasie saw his vicious strike from distance tipped over the bar on the half-hour mark.

The pace of the game began to slow after the break, although Shelvey should have put his side ahead on 52 minutes, volleying at Speroni from close range.

The goalkeeper had to alert 10 minutes later, though, producing a smart save to deny Sigurdsson from distance, in what was otherwise a reasonably quiet second half.

The shortage of chances saw Gary Monk bring on Bafetimbi Gomis 18 minutes from time as they looked for a winner, which nearly came four minutes later when the industrious Sigurdsson fired a low drive just wide from outside the box.

The Swans continued to press, but Palace held firm to deny the Monk’s side a third consecutive home win.

Swansea City Manager Gary Monk: "Apart from 10 minutes in the first half we controlled the whole game. We had our chances but couldn't get the second goal and it became difficult.

"We were the better team by far but you have to put the ball in the net. It was difficult when they were basically camped out on their 18 yard box, but credit to them they defended well."

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "After a terrible start, as bad as I have seen us play in the first 15 minutes, we regrouped and I thought we always looked a threat. I thought there were opportunities to win the game.

"They're a good group of lads, they work hard, we're limited but it's great the lads are doing what they're doing.

"It's a great point and the fans were brilliant again. Points in the Premier League are so hard to gather and when you come to Swansea nothing is easy here."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Lukasz Fabianski 10.0 6.01
6. Ashley Williams 3.0 5.52
3. Neil Taylor - 5.06
27. Kyle Bartley - 4.1
22. Angel Rangel - 5.22
15. Wayne Routledge - 5.67
4. Ki Sung-Yueng - 6.42
8. Jonjo Shelvey 9.0 5.6
20. Jefferson Montero - 5.43
23. Gylfi Sigurdsson 10.0 7.76
10. Wilfried Bony 8.0 6.4
Substitutes All Fans BFR
29. Ashley Richards - 3.0
14. Tom Carroll - 5.33
18. Bafétimbi Gomis - 5.36
7. Leon Britton - 4.25
25. Gerhard Tremmel - 3.33
2. Jordi Amat - 4.73
58. Modou Barrow 0.0 5.63
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Julian Speroni 7.0 5.83
2. Joel Ward 6.5 5.57
4. Brede Hangeland 7.0 5.83
34. Martin Kelly 4.5 5.48
6. Scott Dann 7.0 5.49
7. Yannick Bolasie 7.0 5.72
28. Joe Ledley 8.0 5.42
15. Mile Jedinak 6.75 5.8
42. Jason Puncheon 5.0 5.16
29. Marouane Chamakh 6.0 5.17
16. Dwight Gayle - 6.15
Substitutes All Fans BFR
10. Fraizer Campbell - 5.16
13. Wayne Hennessey - 4.88
25. Barry Bannan - 4.69
18. James McArthur 9.0 6.05
14. Jerome Thomas - -
11. Wilfried Zaha - 5.81
19. Ezekiel Fryers - 7.75

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