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A fine Swansea City performance saw them register a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
A fine Michu goal gave Swansea City a narrow half-time lead over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Swans dominated the first period from the outset, and fully deserved the lead they took into the interval.
The away side began quickly and took the lead in 2nd minute. In free-flowing passing move the ball was worked to Jonjo Shelvey, who set Michu through on goal with an incisive pass, and the Spaniard made no mistake from just inside the box.
Smelling blood, Michael Laudrup’s men then surged forward in search of a second and almost found it in the sixth minute. Shelvey whipped in a sublime corner and Chico Flores headed goalwards, though his effort rattled the post and stayed out.
Palace managed to weather the storm, however, and were gifted a chance in the 20th minute, as the referee awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position after Marouane Chamakh went down under the challenge of Chico. Jason Puncheon stepped up to strike at goal, but the wall deflected his effort and Michel Vorm made a comfortable save.
The Swans then decided to assert thrie position of dominance continued as Angel Rangel went close seven minutes later. The ball fell to the right-back on the edge of the box following a corner and he promptly smashed a half-volley at the top corner, only to see Julian Speroni dive acrobatically to his right to tip the ball behind as Swansea went into half-time with a well solitary goal lead.
In the hope to thwart Swansea’s attacking threat, Holloway made one change at half-time, with midfielder Jose Campana sent on to replace Damien Delaney which inturn saw Mile Jedinak to move into central defence.
It meant very little, though, as the visitors doubled their lead just three minutes after the restart. Alvaro Vazquez raced onto a Michu through ball and fired at goal, only for Speroni to parry. The ball fell at the feet of the striker and he duly squared for Dyer to tap into an empty net.
Vazquez then had a superb chance to send the game beyound Palace’s reach in the 56th minute. Michu was again the creator, as he found fellow Spainiard unmarked on the edge of the box, but the 22-year-old’s resulting effort sailed high and wide of Speroni’s goal.
Palace continued to search for a way back into the game and substitute Dwight Gayle almost sneaked through in the 70th minute, but his long-range strike was deflected just past the post, and the resulting corner came to nothing.
The away side then looked to see out the game with a minimum of fuss, and did just that to wrap up a surprisingly one-sided victory.