Thursday 29 September 2016

Pardew relieved to stop rot

Swansea City1-1 Crystal Palace

Phil Blanche

Published 07/02/2016 | 02:30

Swansea City's Wayne Routledge (left) and Crystal Palace's Pape Souare battle for the ball. Photo: PA
Swansea City's Wayne Routledge (left) and Crystal Palace's Pape Souare battle for the ball. Photo: PA
Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson scores. Photo: PA
Swansea City's Federico Fernanadez challenges Crystal Palace's Damien Delaney mid-air for the ball. Photo: PA

Alan Pardew was relieved that his Crystal Palace side finally stopped the rot. The Eagles avoided a sixth straight league defeat when defender Scott Dann cancelled out Gylfi Sigurdsson's superb first-half free-kick.

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The game could have gone either way after Dann's 47th-minute leveller but Palace boss Pardew conceded that the Eagles had been carrying some unwanted baggage in recent weeks.

"This was everything for us," Pardew said. "We had to sit ourselves down at half-time and take away the tyre that we were dragging behind us after five defeats. Make no mistake, it was Crystal Palace DNA which got us home by getting blocks in at the end. We thwarted a Swansea side who are in good form, so it makes it a little bit more sweet that we managed to pull it back."

Emmanuel Adebayor made his first start since joining Palace in the January transfer window.

Pardew said on Thursday that Adebayor's fitness levels only permitted a cameo appearance but, in the event, the former Arsenal and Tottenham striker played 86 minutes at the Liberty Stadium.

"He had a couple of moments in the game where you can see the class he has," Pardew added. "He was great in the dressing room and he has settled in very quickly. His levels are not quite where you'd like them but I couldn't be more pleased with his application and the way he's conducted himself since he's been here. I reckon in about three games we'll see the best from him."

Swansea are now unbeaten in three games under new head coach Francesco Guidolin.

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