Swans looking like promotion candidates once again

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Jermaine Easter made a substitute appearance for Crystal Palace against the Swans on Saturday just three weeks after scoring the match winning goal for the Welsh side against Barnsley. 

The 29 year old striker joined the Swans on loan in December from League 1 outfit MK Dons but despite expressing his interest to extend his loan deal, Easter opted to sign a two and a half year contract with a Crystal Palace side currently in the drop zone.

The striker’s return to the Liberty did not prove a happy one, as he was introduced to the game with his new side already looking a beaten team- trailing by three goals to nil. 

Despite their early dominance in possession, Brendan Rodgers’ side did not seem to be troubling Palace keeper Julian Speroni enough. But with five minutes of the half remaining Darren Pratley peeled away from defenders inside the area and from the Swans most creative passage of the half, the midfielder side-footed the ball past the Argentinian keeper.  

Palace found themselves further behind ten minutes after the re-start when defender David Wright fell victim to the trickery and pace of Nathan Dyer, bringing down the former Southampton winger inside the area. Scott Sinclair was on hand to double the home side's lead with a cool finish from the spot. 

It took less than four minutes for the referee to award Swansea with their second penalty of the afternoon after defender Steffen Iversen committed hand ball from a Swansea set piece. Sinclair stepped up yet again to ensure the Swans took all three points from the fixture with his 16th goal of the season. 

With Cardiff City and Norwich taking a share of the points in their game, Swansea's win proved enough to send them back up into the second automatic promotion spot, and with seven goals in their last two fixtures and four home victories since Christmas the Welsh side look serious promotion contenders. 

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Scott Sinclair
Swansea City

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