Sunday 25 February 2018

Crystal Palace v Swansea - story of the match

Paul Clement took over as Swansea boss hours before their victory
Paul Clement took over as Swansea boss hours before their victory

Swansea marked Paul Clement's appointment as their new head coach with a dramatic 2-1 victory at relegation rivals Crystal Palace.

The 44-year-old had been appointed only hours before kick-off and was not officially scheduled to take charge until Saturday at Hull, but he came down to the touchline as goals from Alfie Mawson and Angel Rangel secured only their fourth Premier League win of the season.

Defeat lifted Swansea off the foot of the table and means new Palace manager Sam Allardyce has taken only one point from three games.


"Angel Rangel he scores when he wants ! Huge 3 points for the Jack Army" - Former Wales striker John Hartson (@JohnHartson10).


Gylfi Sigurdsson. In addition to Swansea's opening goal coming from one of the midfielder's several classy deliveries, he dictated much of his team's tempo and was largely responsible for the positive and ambitious performance that may yet revive their season.


Having overseen his first home match as Crystal Palace manager, Sam Allardyce may conclude he has accepted a more difficult job than he realised. As he has acknowledged, they have a reasonable squad that should be capable of more than simply competing to avoid relegation, but as they did at Arsenal on Sunday - his second of three matches as manager - they looked devoid of direction and confidence. He will need all of his experience as manager to inspire them.

The sight of Paul Clement joining Swansea coach Alan Curtis in the technical area during the second half might be among the most curious sights of the season. It was widely felt that he not only lacked the experience to help them survive relegation, but that the squad he has inherited lacks both the quality and belief to do so regardless of their manager. Their performance at Selhurst Park suggests they are capable of far more than they have shown this season, and that if Clement can have an impact, they have more than a fighting chance.


New Swansea head coach Paul Clement's decision, shortly before half-time and then early into the second half, to abandon his watching brief from the stands and start giving his team instructions from the sidelines. Should he be admired for his enthusiasm, or will some criticise him if he attempts to take credit for a crucial victory?


Crystal Palace

Wayne Hennessey: 6

Martin Kelly: 6

James Tomkins: 5

Damien Delaney: 5

Joel Ward: 5

Yohan Cabaye: 6

Joe Ledley: 6

Andros Townsend: 5

Jason Puncheon: 5

Wilfried Zaha: 7

Christian Benteke: 5


Jordon Mutch (for Kelly, 90+1): 5

Bakary Sako (for Townsend, 53): 7

Fraizer Campbell (for Benteke, 45): 6


Lukasz Fabianski: 6

Kyle Naughton: 6

Alfie Mawson: 7

Federico Fernandez: 6

Neil Taylor: 6

Ki Sung-yueng: 6

Jack Cork: 6

Wayne Routledge: 7

Gylfi Sigurdsson: 8

Jay Fulton: 6

Fernando Llorente: 7


Leroy Fer (for Fulton, 69): 8

Angel Rangel (for Taylor, 71): 8

Nathan Dyer (for Routledge, 80): 5


Bolton v Crystal Palace (FA Cup, January 7)

Hull v Swansea (FA Cup, January 7)

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