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Super Swans defeat lacklustre Eagles

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Swansea City followed up their impressive 3-0 win over Valencia by comfortably defeating Crystal Palace at Selhurst.

Goals from Michu and Nathan Dyer ensured Michael Laudrup’s side travelled back to Wales with three points in the bag.

Swansea showed no signs of being affected by their encounter in Valencia on Thursday as they opened the scoring inside the first two minutes.

The Welsh side’s opener came when Michu was allowed the time and space to smash a close-range shot in off Julian Speroni.

Palace were wasteful in possession throughout the match, which may have been down to Ian Holloway's decision to field four of his deadline day signings.

Laudrup also decided to ring the changes with the likes of Ashley Williams, Jonjo Shelvey and Wayne Routledge all coming into the side after being rested for Swansea’s Europa League tie at the Mestalla.

Swansea right-back Angel Rangel came close to doubling his side’s advantage in the 38th minute when his well struck volley forced Speroni into making a diving save.

Holloway, who was watching proceedings from the stands as he served out a two-match touchline ban, was forced into making a substitution at half-time as Damien Delaney limped off an injury.

The substitution meant captain Mile Jedinak was forced into playing at centre-back and the change appeared to hamper Palace.

Swansea put the game to bed just after the break when Alvaro Vazquez crossed to Dyer who had the easy task of tapping home from eight yards.

The Swans were able to see out the second half with relative ease as Palace rarely threatened Michel Vorm’s goal.

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