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Crystal Palace   0 - 1   Swansea

Crystal Palace v Swansea

Crystal Palace 0-1 Swansea

Shefki Kuqi returned to haunt his old club as Swansea City sealed their first win at Crystal Palace for 90 years.

The striker scored his first Swans goal since his January arrival as he fired in Andrea Orlandi's knock down.

Swansea's defence, the meanest in the division, held onto their lead to seal their 17th clean sheet this season and strengthened their play-off push.

Alan Lee and Kieran Djilali missed chances but could not rescue a point for Neil Warnock's in-form side.

Cash-strapped Palace had celebrated three successive wins since going into administration last month and had lost just three times at Selhurst Park in the league this season.

But it was the Palace old boy that returned to remind his former club what they are missing.

The Finnish international, making his first Swansea start since his free move from German side TuS Koblenz, fired in from close range after Orlandi headed down Nathan Dyer's right-wing cross.

Kuqi had left Palace last year under a cloud and on a free after being transfer-listed and fined two weeks' wages for making a crude gesture to Palace fans after being substituted in a home defeat by Wolves in February 2008.

Ashley Williams celebrates Swansea's win with Fede Bessone
Ashley Williams celebrates Swansea's win with Fede Bessone

But his early winner not only broke Swansea's Selhurst Park hoodoo, but extended their unbeaten Championship run to eight matches.

Swansea started to dictate the play early on with their trademark slick passing and movement and Spanish midfielder Orlandi tried his luck from long range but Julian Speroni made a comfortable save.

Orlandi was the architect, threading the ball through to the Finland international who kept his composure and tucked a neat finish beyond Speroni from an acute angle.

Palace responded and started to compete in midfield but Swansea almost caught them out 28 minutes in when winger Dyer nipped in but dragged his shot into the side-netting from 12 yards out.

The Eagles felt they should have had a penalty 12 minutes before half-time when Lee went down under a challenge from Kuqi, but referee Graham Scott waved away the protests.

Lee was causing some real problems for the Swans' defence but the experienced striker failed to get a strong connection on a cross from Lee Hills.

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Paulo Sousa's side almost doubled their lead four minutes into the second half but Argentinian keeper Speroni made a magnificent save to deny Orlandi.

Defender Djilali was presented with an opportunity to draw the home side level but his finish looped over Dorus De Vries and over the crossbar.

Swans full-back Fede Bessone let fly with a long-range drive but his effort was never going to trouble Speroni.

Palace continued to push forward in search of the equaliser and Sean Scannell saw his overhead kick land just over the bar from close range but that was as close as Palace came.


Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock said:

"They are probably the best side we've played this year and I thought until the end we could have got a result but the disappointment is not scoring a goal but they don't concede many.

"I felt we should have had a penalty in the first-half as anywhere else on the pitch it's a free-kick. We were not going to get many chances so we need decisions like that going for you.

"But I thought the referee was poor. He probably had one of those days that he wished he stopped at home."

Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa said:

"It is an important win especially at a tough team like Crystal Palace.

"We tried to play good football but we were well organised so we can get important results like this.

"And Shefki Kuqi is a player who has added something to our squad with different characteristics. And the clean sheets gives us consistency and confidence to look forward with a lot of happiness."

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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Crystal Palace 0-1 Swansea FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Kuqi 14

    Crystal Palace

    • 01 Speroni
    • 02 Clyne
    • 03 Hill
    • 15 Hills
    • 20 Butterfield (Djilali 57)
    • 22 Ertl
    • 04 Derry
    • 07 Ambrose
    • 08 Danns
    • 10 Carle (Scannell 81)
    • 19 Lee (Andrew 57)

    Substitutes

    • 34 Wynter,
    • 21 Djilali,
    • 28 Comley,
    • 33 N'Diaye,
    • 09 John,
    • 14 Scannell,
    • 18 Andrew

    Swansea

    • 01 De Vries
    • 02 Williams
    • 05 Tate
    • 16 Monk
    • 21 Bessone
    • 07 Britton yellow card (Pintado 89)
    • 08 Pratley
    • 10 Orlandi
    • 12 Dyer (Allen 83)
    • 27 Gower (Cotterill 67)
    • 42 Kuqi

    Substitutes

    • 17 Cornell,
    • 24 Allen,
    • 28 Butler,
    • 29 Richards,
    • 49 Cotterill,
    • 18 Pintado,
    • 19 Trundle
    Ref: ScottAtt: 12,328
    CRYSTAL PALACE
    SWANSEA

    Possession

    • Crystal Palace 50%
    • Swansea 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Crystal Palace 2
    • Swansea 3

    Attempts off target

    • Crystal Palace 4
    • Swansea 4

    Corners

    • Crystal Palace 5
    • Swansea 7

    Fouls

    • Crystal Palace 9
    • Swansea 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:50 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+4:43 Outswinging corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line, Garry Monk makes a clearance. Darren Ambrose produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
    • 90:00+2:04 Handball decision goes against Calvin Andrew. Dorus De Vries takes the indirect free kick.
    • 88:21 Substitution Gorka Pintado comes on in place of Leon Britton.
    • 85:49 Sean Scannell takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.
    • 84:59 Foul by Leon Britton on Kieran Djilali, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nathaniel Clyne.
    • 84:02 Garry Monk handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed by Leon Britton, Julian Speroni makes a save.
    • 82:15 Alan Tate restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:15 Substitution Joe Allen replaces Nathan Dyer.
    • 82:15 Lee Hills concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer.
    • 80:42 Substitution Sean Scannell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nick Carle.
    • 77:20 Inswinging corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 74:45 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Darren Ambrose.
    • 74:45 Booking Leon Britton receives a caution.
    • 74:33 Unfair challenge on Shaun Derry by Shefki Kuqi results in a free kick.
    • 70:11 Federico Bessone takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
    • 66:50 Substitution David Cotterill on for Mark Gower.
    • 64:14 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line to the near post, Shefki Kuqi manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:47 Ashley Williams handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Darren Ambrose from left channel, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
    • 62:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Shaun Derry. Leon Britton crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Lee Hills.
    • 61:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Shaun Derry. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 56:37 Substitution Calvin Andrew on for Alan Lee.
    • Correction - 56:37 Substitution Kieran Djilali replaces Danny Butterfield.
    • 56:37 Substitution Lee Hills leaves the field to be replaced by Calvin Andrew.
    • 56:37 Substitution Danny Butterfield leaves the field to be replaced by Kieran Djilali.
    • 54:49 Nick Carle produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 53:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Nick Carle. Free kick taken by Garry Monk.
    • 53:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johannes Ertl by Shefki Kuqi. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 50:48 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the left by-line to the near post, Shefki Kuqi has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 49:21 Andrea Orlandi takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the left by-line, clearance by Danny Butterfield.
    • 48:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Derry on Darren Pratley. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:16 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Lee on Shefki Kuqi. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:21 Darren Pratley concedes a free kick for a foul on Johannes Ertl. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 43:13 Inswinging corner taken by Darren Ambrose, clearance made by Shefki Kuqi.
    • 42:20 Alan Tate challenges Julian Speroni unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 41:41 Corner taken by Andrea Orlandi, Julian Speroni makes a save.
    • 38:36 Nathan Dyer fouled by Clint Hill, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Gower delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Julian Speroni makes a comfortable save.
    • 35:55 Alan Lee takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
    • 32:32 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Shefki Kuqi.
    • 30:39 Nick Carle takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.
    • 28:48 Effort from inside the area by Nathan Dyer misses to the right of the goal.
    • 26:56 Unfair challenge on Johannes Ertl by Darren Pratley results in a free kick. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shefki Kuqi by Alan Lee. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
    • 24:17 Alan Tate fouled by Darren Ambrose, the ref awards a free kick. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
    • 19:38 Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Alan Tate.
    • 17:21 Nathan Dyer produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 16:48 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the left by-line played to the near post, Neil Danns makes a clearance.
    • 15:54 Danny Butterfield is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
    • 13:23 Assist by Andrea Orlandi.
    • 13:23 GOAL - Shefki KuqiCrystal Palace 0 - 1 Swansea Shefki Kuqi gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Crystal Palace 0-1 Swansea.
    • 10:22 The offside flag is raised against Federico Bessone. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.
    • 6:38 Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Gower, save by Julian Speroni.
    • 4:24 Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Gower, clearance made by Alan Lee.
    • 2:58 Andrea Orlandi takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 1:00 Foul by Darren Pratley on Shaun Derry, free kick awarded. Clint Hill crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, clearance made by Ashley Williams.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 9 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 West Brom 30 30 59
    2 Newcastle 29 28 59
    3 Nottm Forest 30 23 55
    4 Cardiff 29 20 48
    5 Swansea 29 6 48
    6 Leicester 28 3 43
    7 Sheff Utd 30 0 42
    8 Middlesbrough 30 8 41
    9 Blackpool 30 6 40
    10 Barnsley 29 -5 39
    11 Watford 29 -2 38
    12 Preston 29 -6 38
    13 Bristol City 29 -6 37
    14 Coventry 30 -7 37
    15 Derby 30 -8 36
    16 Doncaster 28 -2 34
    17 QPR 29 -6 34
    18 Sheff Wed 30 -11 34
    19 Crystal Palace 29 2 33
    20 Ipswich 29 -7 33
    21 Scunthorpe 29 -16 33
    22 Reading 29 -14 32
    23 Plymouth 28 -16 24
    24 Peterborough 30 -20 21


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