Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City: Final score 0-2, easy for the visitors

Julian Finney

It's going to be a long season for Crystal Palace. They looked the part of a Championship side against Swansea.

Crystal Palace might fare a bit better in the Premier League once their new signings settle in, but they're looking very much like a relegation candidate at the moment. They conceded early at home against Swansea and never looked too much like getting back into the match as the Swans coasted to a 2-0 win.

Michu's opener was a tad bit unlucky for Palace. Jonjo Shelvey picked up the assist with a through ball, but his pass bounced off a Palace defender and fell perfectly into Michu's path off the deflection. He hit a powerful low shot within Julian Speroni's reach, but the Palace keeper could only get a slight touch on the ball and couldn't stop it from going into the back of the net.

The game almost turned into an instant rout two minutes later, when Chico Flores struck the post off a corner. Fortunately for Palace, they would stay just one goal down for the rest of the first half, but they never seriously challenged Michel Vorm's goal and gave up a second to Swansea just three minutes into the second half.

Nathan Dyer was the scorer, capitalizing off the efforts of Alvaro Vasquez, who started the game ahead of Wilfried Bony. He had a shot saved from a narrow angle in the 48th minute, but was able to recover the rebound and pick out Dyer in the center of the box. Palace didn't track his run and he was free to finish from 10 yards.

Palace, in a bit of a miserable performance, didn't manage a single shot on goal in the second half and lost the possession battle despite having an extra man in midfield.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Moxey, Delaney (Capaña 45'), Jedinak, Guedioura, Bannan (Thomas 67'), Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome (Gayle 67')

Goals: None

Swansea: Vorm, Chico, Williams, Rangel, Davies, Canas (Britton 78'), Shelvey, Routledge, Michu, Dyer (Pozuelo 71'), Vasquez (De Guzman 61')

Goals: Michu (2'), Dyer (48')

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