Crystal Palace suffer a dramatic defeat against Swansea
With their new boss, Paul Clement, Swansea has jumped off the bottom of the Premier League ranks.
The first goal came in the 42nd minute from Alfie Mawson, who aimed for Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick launching it straight into hosts’ gates. The second one came from Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, who scored an equalizer. The win was decided with the third ball when Angel Rangel got out of substitution and hurled in former Palace’s keeper, thanks to Leroy Fer’s synchronized pass.
With such an outcome, Palace has gained only one point from the last three games. Swansea dominated the first half of the game with Ki Sung-yueung wide shot and Frederico Fernandez’ and Fernando Llorente’s narrow miss of the target. Grace to this result, Swansea has also shown high performance in the defensive aspect, allowing Palace only three shots on target.
For Palace’s boss, Allayrdace, it was a disappointing game with a team, which snatched an easy away win in the whole league season. Things will get worse for Palace’s character as their goalscorer Zaha and second-half substitute Bakary Sako, who will be at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Sako has forced Lukasz Fabianski to launch a free-kick over triggering visitor’s defence problems. Zaha has also made an impact in this season, scoring four goals. Allardyce was disappointed when two potential penalties were not granted the moment when Fabianski challenged Benteke, and Rangel came out to take over the ball.
In the following matches, Swansea will play an FA Cup third round tie against Hull City on 7th January, and Crystal Palace will have their next game on the same day against Bolton Wanderes.