Swansea hold Crystal Palace to dull draw

There was little to speak of in Swansea City's clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday, as the team's played out a 0-0 draw.

  • Crystal Palace 0 Swansea City 0
  • One shot on-target in the first half
  • Dann comes close for Palace
  • Sigurdsson almost wins it for the Swans

Match Summary

There was just a single shot on target in a very dull and eventless first half, with a few skirmishes amongst players, including Yohan Cabaye's lunge at Jack Cork and subsequent yellow card, proving to be the moments of greatest interest.

Both sides improved in the second half, with Palace coming close a couple of times, most notably when Scott Dann's glancing header forced Lukasz Fabianski into a fine save, while Modou Barrow tested Wayne Hennessey at the other end.

The Eagles were probably the better team throughout and had a late chance to win it through some individual skill from Wilfried Zaha, but his resulting shot was wide of the top corner. The Swans had the last say with a dangerous free kick in the closing stages, with Gylfi Sigurdsson curling one on-target but Hennessey was equal to the challenge, and kept the game goalless.

Full Report

The first half passed with little incident, as there were only three shots in total, all of them from Palace, with just one on target. Palace were on the offensive in the early stages, but Swansea managed to keep them out and dampen the game.

There were a few confrontations between players in the early stages, with Yohan Cabaye and Jack Cork having a little spat before the French winger had a high lunge on the Englishman that earned him a yellow card, ruling him out of next week's clash with Chelsea.

Scott Dann came close for Palace early in the second half, meeting Cabaye's free kick with a glancing header that forced Swans goalie Lukasz Fabianski into a fine, diving save to keep it out.

Ashley Williams was then called into action when a sweeping, cross-field pass picked out Jason Puncheon in enough space to move forward and send in a cross towards Patrick Bamford, with the Welsh captain stretching out a leg to deflect it behind for a corner.

Swansea had a rare foray forward in the 61st minute, with Modou Barrow cutting inside from the left and unleashing a thumping drive that Wayne Hennessey had to parry over the crossbar.

Bamford then had a great chance to break the deadlock for Palace when the ball fell for the young on-loan Chelsea forward in close proximity to Fabianski's goal, but his effort was straight at the Polish keeper.

Palace looked like they may have stolen the points with a fast counterattack seeing a wave of Blue and Red rushing forward and Pape Souare flying down the left flank in possession, but the Senegalese defender couldn't find anyone with his cross as Williams once again came to the rescue.

Wilfried Zaha was the next Eagles player to look for glory, with some neat skill to beat his man in the box, but his curled effort to the far post was just wide.

Although the Eagles were the better team the Swans almost won it right at the death when Gylfi Sigurdsson curled in a superb free kick that would have nestled in the side netting at the bottom corner if Hennessey weren't able to reach it.