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Monday, January 17, 2011

Big Match Review - Swansea 3 Crystal Palace 0

Swansea City 3-0 Crystal Palace
Saturday February 15, Liberty Stadium, (Att: 13,369)

Two second half penalties from Scott Sinclair eased promotion-chasing Swansea City to a comfortable victory over struggling Crystal Palace.

The away side, in their first game under new full-time boss Dougie Freedman, defended resolutely in the first half as they sought to improve upon a dire away record this season.

However, with half time approaching, their resistance was broken when Darren Pratley had the time and space to side foot home Scott Sinclair's low driven cross.

The game was pretty much sewn up as a contest with two Sinclair spot kicks either side of the hour mark.

Firstly, he sent Julian Speroni the wrong way after Nathan Dyer's jinking run was illegally halted by David Wright's challenge.

Then, he converted again from 12 yards after a header from a corner seemed to be blocked by the risen arm of Steffen Iversen.

A crushing win for Brendan Rodgers's men takes them up to second, but Palace remain in the bottom three - and happy to return to home comforts.

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