Michu & Dyer guide Swansea City to victory
Swansea City recorded a deserved 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday
Swansea defeated newly-promoted Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park, with goals from Michu and Nathan Dyer either side of the break handing the Swans victory.
Swansea started the game quickly, breaking the deadlock in the second minute through Spanish striker Michu as Jonjo Shelvey grabbed his second assist for his new club with a clever through-ball to set up Swansea's top scorer last season.
The Swans then capitalised on Palace's sluggish start to the second half, with Dyer finishing a fine move by side-footing into the goal, with summer transfer Alvaro Vasquez providing the assist.
Swansea went into the game with momentum after their superb demolition of Valencia at the Mestalla, and their win today was equally straightforward. They were dominant in possession, having 56% of the ball throughout, and created several chances; they could easily have won by more.
By contrast, Crystal Palace lacked any attacking creativity, and surprisingly it took 67 minutes for sparky forward Dwight Gayle to be substituted onto the field. Ian Holloway, who spent today's game in the stands as part of his touchline ban, should be very concerned by Palace's lack of penetration of the Swansea defence, as Palace's only two real chances were dealt with fairly comfortably by Swansea, who completely outplayed their opponents.
The Swans moved up to ninth after today's win, whilst the Eagles remain rooted in the relegation zone, second from bottom. If today's result is anything to go by, then these two clubs could well be moving in opposite directions, with Swansea targeting another season in Europe, and Palace firmly embroiled in a relegation dogfight.
However, as we all know, it's a long season, so Palace's fortunes could well change. But one thing's for sure: they need to improve, and quickly if they want to survive their first season back in the top flight for eight years.
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