The Expat Eagle
An Englishman Living in Sweden

Match Opinion: Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace

A poor performance by Palace against a poor Swansea site. But a point is a point.

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Crystal Palace travel west to Swansea City who sacked Paul Clement on Tuesday. Can Palace stretch their unbeaten run to eight games?

Match Facts

General Information

  • Date: 23rd December 2017
  • Competition: English Premier League
  • Venue: Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,354
  • Referee: C. Pawson

Match Result

Swansea City 1-1  Crystal Palace
Fernandez 32′, Mesa 85′ Yellow Cards Zaha 34′, McArthur 51′, Milivojevic 62′
Red Cards
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.

Player Ratings

Swansea City (433) 6.62  Crystal Palace (442) 6.88
Fabianski
Naughton
Olsson
Fernandez (c)
Mawson
Clucas
Mesa
Carroll
Narsingh
Dyer
Abraham
7.2
6.7
6.4
6.4
6.5
6.3
6.6
6.7
6.3
7.0
6.6
Speroni
Kelly
Schlupp
Tomkins
Dann (c)
McArthur
Loftus-Cheek
Cabaye
Milivojevic
Townsend
Zaha
6.1
6.9
6.8
6.9
7.2
6.3
7.7
7.0
7.4
7.5
7.7
Ayew (Narsingh 66′)
Rangel (Naughton 80′)
Fulton (Mesa 88′)
McBurnie
Sanches
van der Hoorn
Nordfeldt
7.8
6.1
6.0
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
Sako (Cabaye 76′)
van Aanholt (Townsend 85′)
Fosu-Mensah
Puncheon
Riedewald
Souare
Hennessey
6.2
6.1
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

Match rating courtesy of WhoScored.

Match Statistics

Swansea City
1-1
Crystal Palace
64
7
2
3
2
12
6
1
4
11
2
595
18
Ball Possession %
Goal Attempts
On Target
Off Target
Blocked Shots
Free Kicks
Corner Kicks
Offsides
Goalkeeper Saves
Fouls
Yellow Cards
Total Passes
Tackles
36
13
5
4
4
13
3
1
1
11
3
337
21

Match statistics courtesy of WhoScored.

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