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SWANSEA v CRYSTAL PALACE RECAP: Swans and Eagles share the spoils

Swansea City and Crystal Palace played out a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson drew first blood for the Swans with a delightful curling free-kick in the 13th minute, tallying his seventh league goal of the season, five of which have come in his past six outings.

However, Palace's defensive goal-machine Scott Dan replied early in the second half with his fifth of the campaign.

The centre-back followed up his goal against Bournemouth in midweek with a lovely finish from close range when getting on the end of Damien Delaney's glancing header from Yohan Cabaye's corner.

The draw has Francesco Guidolin's Swans sitting 16th on the table while Alan Pardew's Eagles dropped to 12th as their winless run extended to eight matches.


MATCH OVERVIEW

Swansea City: 1 (Gylfi Sigurdsson 13')
Crystal Palace: 1 (Scott Dann 47')
Liberty Stadium, Swansea - 20,492


TALKING POINTS

- Swansea have certainly improved under Guidolin but can they continue racking up the points to avoid the drop? Is Sigurdsson their most important player?

- Palace arrest a losing run but cannot get the win needed to stabilise things. If it doesn't come soon, will Pardew have things to worry about?


WHAT'S NEXT?

Swansea host Southampton on Saturday when Palace welcome Watford to South London.


TWITTER INSIGHT

QUOTES CORNER

Swansea's Guidolin on conceding from another set piece:

"It is a problem at the moment and we must understand what is better for our team," Guidolin said.

"That will be not having set-pieces coming against us, but it's not possible because in the Premier League all teams are very strong in set-pieces.

"But there is no need to be worried, we have to try and improve it and do more work on the training ground."


Palace boss Pardew on the result:

"We thwarted a Swansea side who are in good form, so it makes it a little bit more sweet that we managed to pull it back.

"I was frustrated in the first half because I know these players and I know they are better than that. But, in football, if there's a slight doubt in your mind and you take on too much tactically you can't play with instinct.

"We managed to get them to think differently in the second half and it helped us."


STATS SPECIALS
*Thanks to Opta


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