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Crystal Palace v Swansea City match report and manager comments

2-1 victory over Crystal Palace earns travelling Swansea City the three points.

Despite playing on the road, Swansea City jumped out to a 1-0 lead over hosts Crystal Palace. While the home crowd did their best to rally the hosts, the visitors maintained control to seal the 2-1 victory. The three points will be more than welcome to the travelling fans, while Crystal Palace supporters will be disappointed to finish empty handed.

Swansea City’s lead on the scoreline was reflected on the pitch as well. They out-shot Crystal Palace 11-7 and found the target four times compared to three by the hosts. Swansea City finished the game with five corner kicks, while Crystal Palace took four.

Referee Paul Tierney was relatively anonymous as it was a pretty simple match to manage. Swansea City committed the majority of the fouls, finishing with 14 fouls compared to only 13 by Crystal Palace. However, it was the hosts who earned more cautions, receiving two yellow cards to only one for the visitors.

What the managers said

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce after match comments

“The lack of energy the players had showed massively. We struggled to keep up with Swansea, we hadn’t recovered properly. I should have made more changes but I still don’t know the squad too well. “The second half was ours, we saw a wonder goal from Wilfried Zaha that should have got us at least a point, but we switched off and it’s massively disappointing. “You can see it with your own eyes, you don’t need to be a football manager. Some people say it’s rubbish but it’s not, the players were trying 100% but they were not physically able to reach their usual levels. They are shattered. “It’s beyond our control, and certain elements. But we can defend better for the two goals and our first-half performance was nothing like I expect to see from my team.”

Swansea City manager Alan Curtis after match comments

“It is a terrific result for us and a huge three points. The first-half performance, we were excellent and we could have gone in with more than the one goal. “We have been accused of lacking character but we came back and won it and we deserved it. In training you see the players have the ability, it is just the confidence that has been lacking. “Any team under Sam Allardyce will come on strongly, they have some terrific players. We had 24 hours more rest compared to them and that may have made a difference.”

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