Saturday January 15, 2011 Day 27 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 3 - 0 Crystal Palace

  • Pratley 43’
  • Sinclair 56’ (pen.), 60’ (pen.)

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Crystal Palace
    • 90+3 And that’s it from the Liberty Stadium – a deserved win for the Swans. Stay here for a full round-up.
    • 90' Four minutes of added time as Pratley looks to break the offside trap.
    • 89' Another product of the Swansea youth system Alfei replaces Richards for the closing minutes.
    • 88' Swansea patiently build before Pratley looks to chip Serponi from distance but the Argentine collects – Pratley has been wonderful.
    • 86' Easter stings the palm of De Vries from distance.
    • 84' Moore and Dyer replaced with Van der Gun and Dobbie for the last five minutes.
    • 82' Palace looking for a late consolation but Swansea hold firm.
    • - Stay here for all the goals and major incidents from the rest of this afternoon’s Championship programme.
    • 80' Swansea just stroking the ball around their back four as the clock ticks down.
    • 78' Palace are looking at damage limitation now and offer very little going forward but Moore breaches the offside trap before dragging across the face of goal.
    • 77' Dyer is causing Wright all kinds of grief and the fullback hauls the winger back. Free-kick in the corner and a yellow for the full-back.
    • 76' Sinclair and Pratley look to combine again but McCarthy manages to get a block on the midfielder’s effort. Corner.
    • 75' Palace give the ball away cheaply again – fortunately for the visitors, Gower gets his angles wrong and the ball rolls through to Speroni.
    • 73' Swansea look happy just to keep the ball now – Palace chasing shadows and O’Keefe lets his frustration get the better of him and flies in with a reckless challenge. Reds have been given for those.
    • 71' Another substitution for the visitors - Pablo Counago goes off for Stuart O'Keefe.
    • 70' The journey down the M4 will be a longer trip than usual today for the visiting supporters.
    • 69' A moment of mayhem in the Swansea box fails to present a goalscoring opportunity for the visitors and the home side clear.
    • 67' Chance for Easter, who plays a give-and-go with Counago, before getting to the ball in front of De Vries, but the keeper just manages to push it wide.
    • 65' Swansea have a free-kick thirty yards out and right of centre. The hosts elect to pass it, the ball eventually comes to Dyer who cuts inside Wright and fires straight at Speroni from just inside the box.
    • 63' Looks a very difficult route back for the visitors now.
    • 61' And that’s Iverson’s last contribution – he is replaced by Easter, who was a Swansea player on Thursday.
    • 60' Sinclair elects to go the other way, but with the same result. 3-0.
    • 60' HARSH PENALTY. Tate connects with a Gower corner and the referee adjudges Iverson’s attempt at a block as handball. Penalty. Sinclair faces Speroni again.
    • 59' Dyer looks to gets in behind again but a timely Wight challenge puts an end to the threat. Corner.
    • 58' Facing one of the meanest defences in the league, it looks a difficult ask for Palace to get anything from this.
    • 56' Sinclair, the provider of the first, staggers his run before sending Speroni the wrong way. 2-0.
    • 55' The Swans, with the advantage, retain the ball well. Dyer receives a switch of play before charging towards goal – having skipped past a few challenges, the winger is brought down in the box. Penalty. Sinclair over it.
    • 53' Swansea are beginning to look ominous.
    • 52' Sinclair looks to whip the ball top corner but with Speroni stranded the ball loops onto the top of the net.
    • 51' Swansea break but Pratley and Moore manage to get in each other’s way with Speroni exposed. Chance.
    • 49' Palace break with Zaha. Swansea regroup and look to have gotten enough men behind the ball to avoid any serious threat on their goal, but Iverson leaps highest to take the ball down on his chest and volley at goal but Tate blocks.
    • 48' Looks like Counago has moved into a more advanced position as Palace look to get something from this game.
    • 47' Pretty relaxed start to the second half.
    • 46' Back underway at the Liberty Stadium.
    • 46+2 Half-time in Swansea.
    • 46+1 Having matched their hosts for much of the half, Palace will be incredibly disappointed not to go in at half-time on parity.
    • 45' Clyne had matched danger man Sinclair for much of the half but the former Wigan man was ruthless in his execution when presented with an opportunity to find a colleague in space.
    • 43' GOAL!! A quick give-and-go gets Sinclair in behind Clyne and the former Chelsea man finds Pratley in space, who side-foots past Speroni. The best move of the game gives the hosts the lead.
    • 41' A succession of Swansea corners put the visitors under pressure but Speroni remains dominant. Palace break with Zaha, who is a bag of tricks if a little unpredictable, and he gives it away.
    • 39' Moore receives the ball with his back to goal before swivelling and clipping an effort towards the top corner that Speroni does well to push over the bar.
    • 38' That leads to two blocked efforts for the home side. First Gower and then Moore but Palace hold firm.
    • 37' Good challenge from Zaha leads to a period of concerted Palace pressure but Swansea steal possession in a dangerous area and break.
    • 36 Dyer looks a threat. Sinclair finds his fellow winger, who goes on the outside before trying to beat Speroni from a tight angle. Chance but only half a chance.
    • 35' Palace now break. End to end stuff now. You get the feeling that, although Palace appear to be getting more into the match, a more open match will suit the hosts.
    • 33' Swansea break from the resulting corner but Wright out-foxes Pratley to come away with the ball.
    • 32' CHANCE!! A wonderfully searching ball from Zaha is expertly headed clear by Williams with Iverson prowling. Great defensive header.
    • 30' Another chance goes begging as Moore gets his bearings wrong and connects with a cross with his shoulder.
    • 29' Luke Moore fails to get onto a Pratley ball at the near post and with no support players at the far post the chance goes begging.
    • 27' Sixty-five percent of possession for the hosts thus far but they are not converting that into clear cut chances – having had only two efforts at goal.
    • 25' This game is not a great one for the neutral but Palace will be happy with how things have gone thus far. They certainly need more of outlet up front, though.
    • 23' No first half goals as of yet but 13 of Swansea’s wins this season have come virtue of a one goal advantage.
    • 22' Halfway through the first half and it is still goalless.
    • 21' Swansea are being largely restricted to long balls at the moment but Freedman s still billowing instructions from the touchline.
    • 20' Following a slow start, Palace are beginning to get more of a foothold in the game. More possession for the visitors but a lack of output, thus far. However, you’d imagine Freedman won’t be too concerned.
    • 19' Swansea corner. Poor delivery.
    • 18' Counago finds Zaha in space and the frontman nips past his man before lashing wide of the post. Chance.
    • 16' A great bit of skill from Zaha and a reverse pass finds Danns in space but his cross to the back post has too much on it.
    • 14' Pratley wins the ball in midfield before finding Gower 25 yards out. Gower looks to trouble the goal of Serponi but his effort is tame and the Argentine collects comfortably.
    • 12' Following some orders from the touchline, Counago drops a little deeper to make things a little more compact.
    • 10' Game beginning to stretch now and it’s suiting the home side thus far.
    • 8' Short hiatus following a clash of heads. Counago looks like he’ll be okay.
    • 7' Dyer breaks and loops over a cross for Gower, who dives in to head over. Decent chance; very good break.
    • 6' First sight of goal for either side. But having found a pocket of space, Counago drags his effort wide from just outside the box.
    • 5' Gower, Pratley and Sinclair play a couple of give-and-goes before Pratley gets his bearings wrong and puts the ball out for a throw.
    • 4' Swansea continue with the lion’s share of possession but predominantly in their own half. Top scorer, Sinclair, looks to run the ball but takes a heavy touch.
    • 3' Palace pressing high up the pitch and recycle the ball before Zaha takes a heavy touch.
    • 2' Palace kick-off at a sodden Liberty Stadium.
    • 1' Referee Jon Moss from West Yorkshire gets us underway.
    • 12:42 Palace are in fact without Ambrose or Marrow. And that could be a big blow to new boss Freedman.
    • 12:40 Swansea: De Vries, Williams, Tate, Rangel, Richards, Pratley, Dyer, Sinclair, Allen, Gower, Moore Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Beattie, Van der Gun, Dobbie, Serran, Agustien, Alfei /// Crystal Palace: Speroni, Clyne, Wright, McCarthy, Gardner, Danns, Dorman, Zaha, Counago, Garvan, Iversen. Subs: Price, Davis, Barrett, Andrew, Cadogan, Easter, O'Keefe.
    • 12:35 For Brendan Rodgers’ men, Alan Tate returns from a ban but skipper Garry Monk has been ruled out for at least six weeks with a knee injury. Palace will assess midfield duo Darren Ambrose and Alex Marrow as close to kick-off as possible to give them the greatest chance of playing. Full team news to follow.
    • 12:30 Facing a team lying fourth in the Championship table would hardly be described as an enviable start but despite that lofty position the Swans have lost three of their last five league matches.
    • 12:25 Their woes this season can be broadly attributed to two things: a disastrous away record that has yielded a meagre five points combined with a leaky defence that has shipped 44 goals. Addressing these issues will be of prime concern for the man who scored an impressive 95 goals in 330 games for the Eagles as a player.
    • 12:20 Dougie Freedman takes charge of his first match having been appointed Crystal Palace boss on a permanent basis with the club languishing third from bottom on 25 points.
    • 12:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the early game from the Championship where promotion chasing Swansea City entertain third from bottom Crystal Palace.
  • Summary

    • 86' Easter stings the palm of De Vries from distance.
    • 67' Chance for Easter, who plays a give-and-go with Counago, before getting to the ball in front of De Vries, but the keeper just manages to push it wide.
    • 60' Sinclair elects to go the other way, but with the same result. 3-0.
    • 60' HARSH PENALTY. Tate connects with a Gower corner and the referee adjudges Iverson’s attempt at a block as handball. Penalty. Sinclair faces Speroni again.
    • 56' Sinclair, the provider of the first, staggers his run before sending Speroni the wrong way. 2-0.
    • 55' The Swans, with the advantage, retain the ball well. Dyer receives a switch of play before charging towards goal – having skipped past a few challenges, the winger is brought down in the box. Penalty. Sinclair over it.
    • 49' Palace break with Zaha. Swansea regroup and look to have gotten enough men behind the ball to avoid any serious threat on their goal, but Iverson leaps highest to take the ball down on his chest and volley at goal but Tate blocks.
    • 43' GOAL!! A quick give-and-go gets Sinclair in behind Clyne and the former Chelsea man finds Pratley in space, who side-foots past Speroni. The best move of the game gives the hosts the lead.
    • 39' Moore receives the ball with his back to goal before swivelling and clipping an effort towards the top corner that Speroni does well to push over the bar.
    • 35' Palace now break. End to end stuff now. You get the feeling that, although Palace appear to be getting more into the match, a more open match will suit the hosts.
    • 33' Swansea break from the resulting corner but Wright out-foxes Pratley to come away with the ball.
    • 14' Pratley wins the ball in midfield before finding Gower 25 yards out. Gower looks to trouble the goal of Serponi but his effort is tame and the Argentine collects comfortably.
    • 7' Dyer breaks and loops over a cross for Gower, who dives in to head over. Decent chance; very good break.
    • 6' First sight of goal for either side. But having found a pocket of space, Counago drags his effort wide from just outside the box.
    • 12:40 Swansea: De Vries, Williams, Tate, Rangel, Richards, Pratley, Dyer, Sinclair, Allen, Gower, Moore Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Beattie, Van der Gun, Dobbie, Serran, Agustien, Alfei /// Crystal Palace: Speroni, Clyne, Wright, McCarthy, Gardner, Danns, Dorman, Zaha, Counago, Garvan, Iversen. Subs: Price, Davis, Barrett, Andrew, Cadogan, Easter, O'Keefe.
    • 12:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the early game from the Championship where promotion chasing Swansea City entertain third from bottom Crystal Palace.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • D. de Vries
      • A. Tate
      • A. Williams
      • A. Rangel
      • J. Allen
      • D. Pratley Goal
      • A. Richards Substitution Out (89′)
      • M. Gower
      • S. Sinclair Goals×2
      • N. Dyer Substitution Out (85′)
      • L. Moore Substitution Out (85′)

      Subs

      • C. van der Gun Substitution In85′
      • C. Beattie
      • A. Serrán
      • S. Dobbie Substitution In85′
      • K. Agustien
      • Y. Makaba-Makalamby
      • D. Alfei Substitution In89′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Speroni
      • D. Wright Yellow Card
      • P. McCarthy
      • A. Gardner
      • N. Clyne
      • O. Garvan
      • N. Danns
      • A. Dorman Substitution Out (57′)
      • P. Couñago Substitution Out (71′)
      • W. Zaha
      • S. Iversen Substitution Out (61′)

      Subs

      • C. Davis
      • A. Barrett
      • C. Andrew Substitution In57′
      • S. O'Keefe Substitution In71′
      • K. Cadogan
      • L. Price
      • J. Easter Substitution In61′
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