Premier League - Murray penalty secures point for Palace

Premier League, Liberty Stadium - Swansea 1 (De Guzman 25) Crystal Palace 1 (Murray pen 83)

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2014Swansea City's Leon Britton (C, front) is challenged by Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea

A late Glenn Murray penalty secured Crystal Palace a point as they battled back to claim a 1-1 draw against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans looked to have provided the perfect response to their Europa League exit in midweek, producing an assured first-half performance, with Jonathan de Guzman giving them the lead.

However, a misunderstanding in the 81st minute between Michel Vorm and his defence allowed Murray to steal the ball, before being brought down by Chico Flores.

The defender - who appeared to commit the foul outside the box - received his marching orders, while the striker got back on his feet to convert the spot-kick.

The Swans dominated from the off in the first half, knocking the ball about with ease and giving Palace’s defence plenty to think about.

They did not create their first chance until the 21st minute, though, with Pablo Hernandez firing inches wide from the edge of the box after being teed up by Wayne Routledge.

They were soon rewarded for their patience, however, with Leon Britton slipping in De Guzman, who then took a touch before slotting past Julian Speroni.

The Swans came close to doubling their lead before the break, only for Speroni to this time make the save to deny Wilfried Bony, following Angel Rangel’s cutback.

An insipid Palace improved after the break and began to see far more of the ball.

But the Eagles still struggled to create, with Yannick Bolasie’s effort from distance, that sailed well wide, and a tame header from Cameron Jerome their only real chances going into the final ten minutes.

However, with Swansea looking like hanging on to secure all three points without ever really getting going in the second half, their moment of madness arrived to throw the game on its head and allow Palace to salvage what could prove to be a vital point.

KEY MOMENTS

25’ – DE GUZMAN OPENER – Swansea open the scoring as Britton slips in De Guzman, who takes a touch before slotting past Speroni.

32’ – CHAMAKH INJURY – Chamakh is forced off in the first half with a hamstring injury.

38’ – SPERONI SAVE - Swansea come close to doubling their lead as De Guzman picks out Rangel on the right, with the full-back then playing in Bony, but Speroni does well to get down low and palm away the striker's stabbed effort.

66’ – BOLASIE CHANCE – Bolasie picks up the ball on the edge of the box before lashing an effort wide of the post.

82’ – MOMENT OF MADNESS – Murray takes advantage of a mistake from the Swansea defence and steals the ball away from Vorm. The striker is brought down by Chico for the penalty, with the defender receiving his marching orders.

83 – MURRAY EQUALISER – Murray steps up to convert the penalty with a strike into the top corner.

KEY STATS

Swansea enjoyed 69% possession compared to Palace’s 31%.

Palace’s goal was just their sixth away goal this season.

Sunday's match was only the 18th league meeting between the two sides.

Before Sunday’s game Palace had recovered just one point from losing positions in league this term.

Palace have conceded just ten goals in their last nine league games and just two of those came in the first half of a match.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND STATS

TALKING POINT

Can Crystal Palace stay up? Although Tony Pulis has done an impressive job since taking charge of the Eagles, it still remains to be seen whether he can keep the club in the Premier League. Perhaps key to Palace’s survival is an improvement on their away form. Pulis’ side have scored just six goals on the road in the league this season, while no side has lost more league games away from home than the Eagles. Their point at Swansea, however, is definitely a step in the right direction.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace): Although pretty much non-existent in the first half, as were all of his team-mates, he was the catalyst in the Eagles’ second-half revival. His mazy runs down the right and relentless crossing into the box gave Swansea's defence plenty to think about.

PLAYER RATINGS

Swansea: Vorm 5, Rangel 6, Chico 5, Williams 6, Davies 6, Britton 7, De Guzman 8, Dyer 7, Hernandez 6, Routledge 7, Bony 7. Subs: Amat 6, Canas 6, Lita 6.

Crystal Palace: Speroni 7, Ward 6, Dann 6, Delaney 6, Parr 5, Dikgacoi 7, Jedinak 6, Ledley 6, Bolasie 8, Ince 6, Chamakh 6. Subs: Thomas 6, Jerome 7, Murray 7.

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