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  • Date:2010-02-09
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Selhurst Park
  • Attendance:12328
  • Referee:Scott, G

Live Commentary

90mins

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

89mins

Leon Britton is replaced by Gorka Pintado.

83mins

Swansea are replacing Nathan Dyer with Joe Allen.

81mins

Nick Carle is replaced by Sean Scannell.

75mins

Leon Britton is booked for dissent.

67mins

Mark Gower is replaced by David Cotterill.

57mins

Crystal Palace are replacing Danny Butterfield with Kieran Djilali.

57mins

Crystal Palace are replacing Lee Hills with Calvin Andrew.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 1.

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by G Scott

14mins

Goal!! Shefki Kuqi scores for Swansea.

0mins

It's 8pm on Tuesday, February 9th, the match has kicked off.

0mins

Crystal Palace face Swansea at 8pm on Tuesday, February 9th.


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Match Report

Shefki Kuqi returned to haunt former club Crystal Palace as his early strike ensured Swansea continued their promotion assault and extended their unbeaten run to eight matches following a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.

The Finland international finished last season as the Eagles' top-scorer but got a mixed reception from home fans when his name was announced before kick-off.

But Kuqi, in his first full start for the Welsh side, refused to celebrate when he slid the ball past the advancing Julian Speroni in the 14th minute, opening his goal account for Paulo Sousa's side after a January move from German outfit Koblenz.

It was enough to score a first league victory for Swansea at Selhurst Park since September 1948 and added further credibility to their hopes of plying their trade in the Premier League next season.

They were clearly the better side in the opening 45 minutes against a strangely subdued home side, who did not play with the swagger expected after winning their previous three games.

Nathan Dyer fired into the side-netting just before the half hour mark but clear chances were few and far between.

Swansea went close to extending their lead shortly after the break when Andrea Orlandi played a one-two with Adam Tate to fashion a shooting chance inside the box but his low shot was pushed away for a corner by Speroni.

Palace substitute Kieran Djilali produced a wild finish over the top when he tried to finish off a flick on from Calvin Andrew on the hour mark.

Eagles captain Shaun Derry looked lucky to stay on the pitch after a two-footed tackle on Kuqi in the 72nd minute and Sousa was equally incensed about a similar challenge by Andrew on Darren Pratley.

Palace's best chance of an equaliser was wasted in the 74th minute. Johnny Ertl's free-kick was glanced to the back post by Clint Hill but top-scorer Darren Ambrose volleyed across the face of goal.

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Corners

57

Fouls

109

Goal attempts

67

Shots off target

44

Offsides

11

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