Crystal Palace fight back and earn a draw against Swansea

Crystal Palace FC. Pic: CPFC

Crystal Palace FC. Pic: CPFC

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak scored his fifth goal in eight games as the Eagle’s earned a point away at Swansea.

After a period of early domination it was the home side that took the lead on 15 minutes when striker Wilfred Bony turned sharply to score from just inside the area. No other player has scored more Premier League goals in 2014 than the Ivorian who now takes his tally to 18.

However, Palace dug deep and were level within 10 minutes. Jonjo Shelvey backed into Marouane Chamakh in front of goal, with the resulting penalty being calmly dispatched down the middle by Jedinak.

The Eagle’s could have taken the lead shortly after Chamakh was denied by an onrushing Lukasz Fabianski. Swansea also had their chances, Shelvey should have made amends for his earlier mistake but failed to hit the target when left unmarked eight yards out.

It was a good point at the Liberty Stadium for Palace where Swansea have collected 14 of their 19 points this season. The Eagles are now up to 14th place in the Premier League, two points above the drop zone but have failed to keep a clean sheet in seven away matches.

Palace manager Neil Warnock said: “The first 20 minutes was as bad as I’ve seen us play. We couldn’t pass water and I was wondering if it was going to be double figures, but you have to give us credit – after that we gave as good as we got and might have pinched it. The players may be limited in some areas, but they are a good, honest bunch.”

Palace’s next game is December 2 at home to relegation rivals Aston Villa, who are also on 13 points. A win could see the Croydon club climb to 12th.


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