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Crystal Palace - Swansea City
Premier League - 3 January 2017
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And there's the full-time whistle!
Sam Allardyce's first home match as Crystal Palace boss ends with defeat, while Swansea claim three points in front of new boss Paul Clement, who made his way to the dug-out after seeing his side struggle.
Boos from the home fans, but it's a great win for Swansea!
Sako tries to play it beyond Rangel, and the Swansea defender blocks the Palace player's route and somehow wins the free-kick.
Just one minute left for Swansea to run down... And they have a corner.
Swansea take it to the corner... And Palace's attempts to hoof clear results in a throw for Swansea.
Swansea have a free-kick near the Palace box and they are happy to kill some time here. Tomkins is angry with Dyer and he's wasting Palace's own time really.
- OffMartin KellyCrystal Palace
- OnJordon MutchCrystal Palace
Kelly goes off as Mutch makes his way on for Palace.
Wowza. A minimum of five minutes added on!
- GoalAngel RangelSwansea City
Rangel for Swansea!! It's 2-1!!
How has this happened?? Fer's delightful dink plays it into the patch of Angel Rangel, who beats the offside trap and chests it down before volleying it past Hennessey in the area. Amazing, has the Swansea right-back won it??
I said it's all Palace... but Swansea break and it's with Llorente in the box, he's looking for help and it rolls away from him.
Fer then attemtps a shot from 20 yards out but it's blocked and suddenly Swansea are coming on strong!
Sako lifts it in but Swansea clear only to Puncheon, whose ball in is poor. The Swans look to break but Ledley intercepts. It's all Palace now!
Silly foul from Mawson and Palace have the chance to cross it in...
- GoalWilfried ZahaCrystal Palace
WHAT A GOAL FROM ZAHA!
Out of nothing, Palace are level. Kelly's cross finds Zaha and the ball is behind him. It's no scorpion, but a terrific volley that flies beyond Fabianski. Did it get a delfection?? I've seen it four or five times now but can't quite tell. Benefit of the doubt... Great strike!
Palace are level! 1-1
Puncheon runs out of pitch as he takes it to the byline and Palace are running out of time. They have one last sub to make, should they choose to do so...
- OffWayne RoutledgeSwansea City
- OnNathan DyerSwansea City
Routledge can't continue. He looks shattered and here comes Dyer in his place.
- Yellow cardMartin KellyCrystal Palace
Kelly becomes the second player to go in the book for a late challenge and Palace have little over ten minutes left...
Sako down the left for Palace. He gets past Routledge but his cross is headed clear by Fernandez.
No penalty! Moments later Palace are screaming for a penalty but it's waved away by the referee. Actually, it appears to catch Rangel's hand and it's not in a natural position... He swipes the ball away but the referee doesn't notice it.
It's getting scrappy out there. 15 minutes to go and Swansea can see the finish line, but Palace are pushing and pushing for a leveller now...
Cabaye crosses it in but Tomkins can't get to it and Swansea clear. A long ball back in by Kelly is caught by Fabianski, who takes his time before clearing his lines.
The subs have also taken the sting out of the game somewhat. But as I say that, Palace come forward with Campbell, who plays it back to Zaha and his cross in is headed out for a corner.
- OffNeil TaylorSwansea City
- OnAngel RangelSwansea City
No doubt a tactical change from Clement there, and he makes his second sub with Angel Rangel on for Taylor. Fresh legs certainly needed for Swansea in defence.
- OffJay FultonSwansea City
- OnLeroy FerSwansea City
Zaha darts into the box and takes the ball to the byline before crossing in, but it's blocked and Palace have a corner. It's a strange ball in from Sako and headed clear. But Palace have the ball back and Delaney's ball back in finds Zaha at the far post. His cross in fails to find a Palace player.
Moments later, a long ball is headed by Delaney onto Sako, who volleys first time but it's over the bar.
On comes Leroy Fer for Fulton.
Fulton receives some treatment after going down. Appeared to be killing a bit of time and Palace's momentum in truth.
Suddenly Swansea are looking jittery at the back and Palace are on the front foot. Zaha has burst into life, but there's just 25 minutes to go. And you can bet Swansea will defend for their life here.
Clement has made his way down to the dug-out and will now instruct his players from the sidelines.
Ward's cross puts Swansea in some danger and it eventually falls to Ledley, who volleys against his own player Campbell, who had gone to ground after attempting to head the initial ball in. Palace have suddenly come alive and the crowd are responding.
Zaha posing problems down the right and it's a dangerous ball in, but Naughton manages to head away. That's given the Palace fans reason for cheer and they're trying to motivate their players once more in what has been a quiet half so far.
Sigurdsson with the foul and it's on the corner of the box for Sako to cross in. He chooses to drill it instead and forces a fine save from Fabianski, who tops it over...
From the corner, Fabianski rushes out to collect the ball with ease.
Another nice move from Swansea, Sigurdsson cuts onto his right before playing it to Llorente, who rolls it over to Cork, but his attempt is poor and wide of the mark.
Taylor brings down Zaha and Palace can send one into the box now... Cabaye's outswinger is headed clear by Llorente, and a miscue from Kelly hands Swansea a throw.
Too easy for Naughton, who skips past a couple of players before sending in a low cross, but it's inches away from Sigurdsson on the stretch.
Down the other end, a sloppy ball back from Taylor finds Palace's Campbell, but the striker is hesitant and fails to get a proper attempt away on goal.
- OffAndros TownsendCrystal Palace
- OnBakary SakoCrystal Palace
Bakary Sako comes on for Townsend.
Zaha skips past Taylor for pretty much the first time of the match but his low cross in is hoofed clear by Mawson.
Swansea have the chance to break but Llorente is very casual in attempting to get past Kelly and it's too easy for the Palace defender. However, to Llorente's credit, he chases back and wins the ball once more for the visitors.
The throw comes to nothing but again Swansea have the ball and look to bring it forward, but Tomkins heads away Cork's long ball.
More nice play from Swansea and a one-two between Naughton and Routledge ends with the latter seeing his cross blocked by Delaney and out for a throw.
- 2nd Half
And the second half is underway at Selhurst Park. Big Sam will want a big response!
- OffChristian BentekeCrystal Palace
- OnFraizer CampbellCrystal Palace
Almost back underway for the second half. Clement is back in the stands but worth nothing that he made his way down at half-time to speak to his Swansea players. No doubt he'll be delighted with that first half.
Meanwhile, Benteke is not fit to continue and on comes Campbell to replace him.
- End of 1st Half
And there's half-time, You have to say Palace should have had a penalty at 0-0. but Swansea are good value for their 1-0 lead. Dare I saw the Swansea of old the way they've played the ball around, while Palace have opted for the Big Sam way of lumping it forward - to little avail so far.
Cue loads boos at the sound of the referee's whistle.
Just the two minutes of added time...
Bar the penalty shout, it has been a really poor half from Palace. Allardyce sits slumped in his chair with his arms folded, no doubt aggrieved that the referee didn't point to the spot. No point sulking though. He'll need to have some stern words at half-time to inject some life into his Palace side.
- GoalAlfie MawsonSwansea City
GOAL! Mawson for Swansea! Ki has some space to run down the left but Cabaye tracks back and ends up tripping the Swansea man. Chance for SIgurdsson to whip one in...
It's crossed in and Mawson flicks it into the far corner!! Beautiful in-swinger from Sigurdsson and the defender glances it beyond the helpless Hennessey.
Palace 0-1 Swansea
The most speculative of speculative efforts from Puncheon, who watches the ball drop down from a great height before attempting a volley from 25 yards out. His attempt flies well over the bar.
Swanky move from Swansea again but again they play it out wide, this time for Taylor, whose cross is not by a Swansea player. Campbell on the sidelines warming up, perhaps Benteke will struggle to show off his shoulder injury.
Benteke is now down and clutching his shoulder, having hurt himself in the penalty incident that wasn't given. He's down getting treatment.
Replays show Fabianski appearing to trip Benteke, although the Palace striker's touch wasn't exactly great. Also seems that the referee did not have the clearest of views...
Benteke back up though and trots over to the sidelines before coming back on.
Chance for Routledge! A long ball from Fulton picks out Routledge who is through on goal but it's a poor touch and his shoot is no more than a scuff.
No penalty! Down the other end, a long kick from Hennessey bounces through to Benteke who hurdles past Fabianski, but goes down in the process. The ref says no penalty, but you have to say Benteke would have had an open goal if he didn't go down.
Long ball from Delaney finds Puncheon on the edge of the area but his touch to bring it down is poor and Swansea can clear. Palace fans doing their best to gee up the players, but Fabianski is a man yet to be tested in the Swansea goal.
Late challenge from Cabaye on Fulton but it's just a ticking off for the Frenchman. There was a mighty yelp from the Swansea man but he'll be fine.
Still Swansea with most of the ball and Palace are in no rush to press. Puncheon pulls back Sigurdsson and the visitors have the chance to put the ball into the box...
Close! Sigurdsson whips it in and it's met by Fernandez six yards out but his header flies over! He should have done better there.
Sigurdsson's first attempt at a cross is poor and so is his second. Instead of trying a third he plays it back to Taylor but his ball in is headed clear again. A good spell for Swansea but it's all crosses and no one is getting on the end of them.
Long ball forward from Tomkins but Benteke is penalised for a push. Tomkins showing his frustration with Palace's lack of movement so far this half, and he's got a point.
Long ball from Swansea is flicked on by Llorente to Routledge, who goes to the byline before sending in a cross. And now Swansea have a corner...
Cabaye appears to be out-muscled by Cork and the Swansea man storms forward - however, the referee blows up for a free-kick, much to Cork's disbelief and Cabaye's fortune.
Palace on the attack now. Cries of shoot with Cabaye on the ball 30 yards out, but again they choose to play it back and some more groans eek out of Selhurst Park. A long ball forward falls to Zaha who switches it over to Townsend, but his cross is headed away.
How have Swansea not scored? Swansea break from the Palace corner, Llorente enters the box before playing it over to Cork, whose touch is poor and his shot is saved by Hennessey when the Swansea man really should have played it back to Llorente.
Swansea close again! From the corner, it's played low towards Ki who is 10 yards out but his effort goes just wide with Ledley doing enough to put him off.
Cabaye whips in the free-kick and it almost falls to Zaha but it's headed clear. Puncheon heads it back into the area and the ball comes to Cabaye, whose shot from a narrow angle is deflected wide for a corner.
- Yellow cardFernando LlorenteSwansea City
Sloppy pass from Fernandez hands possession back to Palace, who opt to play it back. Kelly has all day to pick out a pass but his attempt towards Townsend goes out for a throw - and that just about sums up this opening 15.
It's Llorente's turn to give away the ball to Townsend, he then chases back the Palace man and brings him down near the byline - Llorente gets a yellow for his troubles too.
Zaha attempts to get out of a tight spot in his own half, and goes to ground but no free-kick says the referee. Swansea have a chance to attack but lose possession, before Palace do likewise. The crowd are getting restless - while the Sawns are looking the stronger of the two currently.
It's al happening for Swansea down the right so far with Routledge. He holds up play before finding Naughton, who switches play to Taylor - but his hopefult attempt flies well over.
Huge groans around Selhurst Park with numerous sideways passses and nothing cutting. A very slow start from the hosts.
Lovely football again from Swansea with Routledge and Sigurdsson linking up well, but the latter loses possession.
Down the other end, Townsend runs at Taylor and whips in a cross but it's headed clear and it's back with Hennessey.
Just wide from Llorente! It's great play from Routledge down the right, who turns Ward and sends in a delightful cross - Llorente gets his head to it but it sails narrowly wide of the post.
It's Swansea who are enjoying the majority of possession so far, but it has been scrappy in truth. Not much for Palace to shout about yet - very content for Swansea to have the ball.
Slow start so far. Remember Palace only played two days ago, while Swansea have had three days to rest. Could that play a factor tonight?
- 1st Half
And away we go at Selhurst Park!
The teams are out at Selhurst Park and we're just two minutes away from kick-off. Allardyce emerges from the tunnel and applauds the home fans, who welcome him with rapturous noise.
'Light on numbers'
Sam Allardyce, as quoted on Palace's Twitter account:
A new manager for them may bring a reaction but it's about us and I am looking to get my first win which would be great for us all.
It's not easy with a 48 hour turnaround but we need to be mentally strong and make sure the lads use their abilities to win this game.
We miss Scott Dann, who is out with a hamstring injury. We are light on numbers so its a good job that Delaney is back from his ban.
'A massive challenge'
Paul Clement on Swansea's official club website:
“It is a massive challenge; there’s no other way to put it. But challenges are exciting and that’s why I came here. I could have stayed at Bayern as an assistant, but I’ve chosen to come into a very challenging situation. It excites me to do that and that’s the attitude I want the players to have.
“It’s a big task, but I think it can be done."
- The Eagles have lost five of their last six Premier League fixtures at Selhurst Park, winning against Southampton. However, their last three PL wins at home have come against sides beginning with the letter S (Stoke x2 and Southampton).
- Swansea have lost seven of their last eight away games in the top-flight (D1), conceding an average of 2.6 goals per game.
- Swansea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games and have conceded 3+ goals in eight of these matches.
- Sam Allardyce lost his first Premier League meeting against Swansea City (Swansea 3-0 West Ham in August 2012), but is unbeaten in his six meetings with them since in the competition (W4 D2).
So when these last two sides met, there were NINE goals, with Swasea prevailing 5-4... Could we possibly see a repeat of that tonight?
Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey, Kelly, Tomkins, Delaney, Ward, Ledley, Puncheon, Cabaye; Townsend, Zaha; Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Flamini, Phillips, Mutch, Lee, Sako, Campbell.
Swansea XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Taylor, Cork, Fulton, Ki, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Llorente. Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Fer, Barrow, Dyer, Borja.
Swansea manager Paul Clement at the Premier League game against Crystal Palace.
Swans at the Palace
Welcome to the live blog for Swansea's trip to Crystal Palace. It has already been a busy day for the Swans, who confirmed Paul Clement as their new boss on a two-and-a-half-year deal - and the 44-year-old will be watching at Selhurst Park tonight.
For Palace, they are searching for a first win under Sam Allardyce - can he do so in his first home match? We'll soon find out. Kick-off is from 8pm.