Crystal Palace travel west to Swansea City who sacked Paul Clement on Tuesday. Can Palace stretch their unbeaten run to eight games?
|Swansea City||1-1||Crystal Palace|
|Fernandez 32′, Mesa 85′||Yellow Cards||Zaha 34′, McArthur 51′, Milivojevic 62′|
|Ayew 77′||Goal Scorers||Milivojevic 59′ (p)|
The Expat Eagle’s Verdict
Palace made to eight games unbeaten in a row, a run that is likely to come to an end over the next two when we face Arsenal and Manchester City, both at Selhurst Park.
The game was a poor one and the statistics don’t really do us justice. Yes, we were poor but we had plenty of attacking opportunities, it was just in the final quarter where we fell short, though we did have more goal attempt than our hosts though they had a far bigger share of the possession.
When the breakthrough arrived it came courtesy of a penalty by Milivojevic, who kept up his good record from the spot.
Loftus-Cheek received a clever backheel by Zaha and as he junked by a defender his standing leg was caught and down he went. On first viewing, it looked like a penalty and after the replay, my opinion hadn’t changed. To be fair it didn’t look like any of the Swansea players were complaining which teams are prone to doing even if GHB had been committed in the penalty area.
After the penalty has been tucked away the game continued as before with Swansea equalising by Ayew. It would be wrong to say the goal was against the run of play, more that it was against the run of style. Swansea hadn’t really been taking long shots so when Ayew unleased a powerful drive from outside the box it surprised the home fans as much as those who travelled down the M4.
The strike was a fine one and there was nothing Speroni could do about it as it curled inside his right-hand post.
For the remainder of the game, both sides had their chances without really threatening to score. Had I been offered a draw before the game I probably would have been disappointed with it but we didn’t really deserve more or less.
The main thing is we are an extra point above the bottom three and it seems we didn’t pick up any injuries.
Verdict: Poor performance today. The team needs freshening up and some look like they need a rest.
|Swansea City (433)||6.62||Crystal Palace (442)||6.88|
|Ayew (Narsingh 66′)
Rangel (Naughton 80′)
Fulton (Mesa 88′)
van der Hoorn
|Sako (Cabaye 76′)
van Aanholt (Townsend 85′)
Match rating courtesy of WhoScored.
|Ball Possession %
Match statistics courtesy of WhoScored.