Swansea City were unable to claim more than a point as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
- Swansea City 1 Crystal Palace 1
- Sigurdsson scores with sublime free-kick
- Dann equalises for Palace
The Swans had the upper hand for most of the first half, and took an early lead thanks to in-form iceman Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was a threat throughout the match, and his perfectly-placed free kick in the 13th minute.
But Swansea's lead lasted only three minutes into the second half, with Eagles defender Scott Dann bagging his fifth goal of the season after Damien Delaney flicked on Yohan Cabaye's corner, and it was enough to ensure that the points were shared.
The opening stages were quite lively and saw a few attempts from either side, with Lee Chung-yong missing an early chance for Palace when set up by Wilfried Zaha. The two new strikers making their full debuts, Emmanuel Adebayor for Palace and Alberto Paloschi for Swansea, both settled in well early on.
The match seemed to have a few goals in it, and the deadlock was broken as early as the 13th minute when Adebayor gave away a tempting free kick and Icelandic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson stepped up to take it, driving the ball around the wall and into the bottom corner, making it five goals in his last six outings.
The Swans were almost two goals to the good soon afterwards when Paloschi swung in a cross that Wayne Hennessey failed to deal with and the chance fell to Andre Ayew, but the Ghana international saw his shot crucially block by the Palace defence.
In the 19th minute it was Palace's chance to threaten when Adebayor met Yohan Cabaye's free kick at the far post, but the journeyman forward couldn't keep his header under the bar.
As the half-hour mark came and went it was still the Swans who looked the more dangerous. Some confusion between Hennessey and Adebayor almost saw Sigurdsson's corner reach Ayew at the far post, before Wayne Routledge latched onto Jack Cork's cutback and shot inches wide.
With halftime approaching the Eagles had a couple of half-chances to equalise, with Adebayor setting up Cabaye for a long-range effort before Scott Dann headed wide when he got on the end of Joel Ward's free kick right at the end of the first period.
Having missed a free header just before the break, Dann struck an equaliser soon after the restart. Damien Delaney flicked on Cabaye's corner, and Dann was at the far post to finish it off.
Swansea appealed for a penalty when Wilfried Zaha tangled with and brought down Andre Ayew in the Palace box, but the ref wasn't interested.
Sigurdsson was at the centre of everything good for Swansea throughout. Fernandez glanced his header off target from the Iceland international's corner, and a great first touch and cross a few minutes later had nobody on the end of it. His next corner also caused problems, with Fernandez flicking it on but Ashley Williams couldn't finish it off.
Modou Barrow came on for the Swans just past the hour mark, and got straight into the swing of things, coming close eight minutes after his introduction when he cut inside past defenders and onto his left foot before unleashing a stinging effort that flew just over the crossbar. Another substitute, Hiram Boateng on his Premier League debut, also came close with a fizzing shot just wide of the post.
Sigurdsson had another chance in the final 10 minutes when the Swans earned a free kick on the edge of the box. Once again it was a good effort from the playmaker, but Hennessey was equal to it this time round, making a diving save to tip it round.
There was time for one more Sigurdsson-produced chance for Swansea, with Williams meeting his corner with a thumping volley which was blocked to ensure that the points were shared.