Friday, 28 November 2014

#FlashbackFour - Swansea v Crystal Palace

Nathan Lewis takes his weekly look at the last four fixtures against our upcoming opponents. This week it's Crystal Palace's turn for the Flashback treatment

30th October 2012 - Championship
Crystal Palace 0-3 Swansea

The Swans ran out easy victors in this match, extending their unbeaten league run to six and reaching 7 hours and 35 minutes without conceding a goal. It was a dominant performance from Brendan Rodgers’ side, with Scott Sinclair, Darren Pratley and Joe Allen scoring the goals. Palace barely looked threatening, even with footballing legend Edgar Davids playing in midfield. A cracking effort from Swansea on the way to the playoffs.

15th January 2011 - Championship
Swansea 3 – 0 Crystal Palace

Dougie Freedman would have hoped for a better debut match as full time manager of Palace. Swansea’s star of the season Scott Sinclair smashed home 2 penalties to give the home crowd plenty to shout about, after Darren Pratley scored his second goal against Palace in 2 games to open the scoring. An easy double for the Swans, while Palace slipped towards the relegation zone.

22nd September 2013 - Premier League
Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Swansea

There aren’t many occasions in our #FlashbackFour where we can celebrate 3 successive wins for the Swans over their rivals, but this is one. Having beaten Valencia 3-0 at the Mestalla, the Swans could have been forgiven for letting complacency creep in. Not so, as Michu scored after just 80 seconds to send Swansea towards their second league victory of the season. It won’t have been pleasing to watch for Ian Holloway from his touchline-ban-inspired vantage point in the stands, as Michu teed up Nathan Dyer to smash home Swansea’s second goal.

2nd March 2014 - Premier League
Swansea 1 -1 Crystal Palace

First-half: solid, job done, no real worries, one goal up.

Second-half: What on Earth is happening?!

This was a real “game of 2 halves”, with Crystal Palace completely in control, even without threatening the Swansea goal, and it just felt like something was going to ruin the day. And it did. 8 minutes left, Michael Vorm comes rushing out, Glenn Murray pokes it past him and Chico clumsily drags him down. Straight red card, obviously a free-kick…or, as it turned out, a penalty. Somehow. This series of unfortunate events conspired to allow Pulis’ Palace [Crystal Pulis? - Ed] to steal a point and add more worry to Swansea’s end of season run-in.

Thanks to Nathan as usual. Give him a follow on Twitter @NathDavidLewis. Hopefully we can continue our recent good form against Palace and pick up the three points!