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Murray hits the spot for Eagles

March 2 2014

Glenn Murray (Photo: Andy Roberts)

Glenn Murray (Photo: Andy Roberts)

Crystal Palace claimed an important away point with a 1-1 draw at Swansea.

Glenn Murray, on as a half-time substitute, cancelled out Jonathan de Guzman's opener from with a penalty he won himself late on.

Swansea defender Chico Flores was sent off for hauling Murray down when through on goal and the forward got up to net his first goal of the season since his long-term injury absence.

Palace will be delighted to have earned a point after the Swans totally dominated the first half (83 per cent possession) with Tony Pulis' men below par.

Pablo Hernandez put a shot wide for the hosts as they started strongly before coming off injured on 22 minutes. And they took the lead just three minutes later through De Guzman who scored from Leon Britton's pass after some neat interplay on the edge of the area.

Marouane Chamakh had to be subbed for the Eagles on 32 minutes with a hamstring injury - Cameron Jerome taking his place in attack.

Julian Speroni then kept Palace in the match with a fantastic reaction save from Wilfried Bony when he hit Angel Rangel's cross first time.

At the break Pulis shuffled his team with a new 442 formations, bringing on Murray for an ineffective Tom Ince who was booed by the home fans during the first half for comments he had made in the media.

Palace pushed for an equaliser with Yannick Bolasie a threat down the right and had half chances with a Murray hooked effort and Jerome header easily saved by Michel Vorm.

But the game changed in the 81st minute when a long ball up to Murray saw the striker toe-poke the ball past keeper Vorm before he was hauled down by Flores.

Replays suggest initial contact might have been just outside the box but Murray's momentum took him into it and Flores saw red for a professional foul. Murray then put the penalty kick into the top right corner for his first-ever Premier League goal.

He almost got another but his strike was blocked by defender Jordi Amat and sub Jerome Thomas was booked for diving for trying to win another penalty.

The draw - just Palace's third of the season - moves them three points above the relegation zone.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Flores, Williams (Amat 70), Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Dyer, Hernandez (Canas 22), Routledge, Bony (Dann 63).

Not used: Tremmel, Taylor, Emnes, Vazquez.

Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Parr (Thomas 70), Dikgacoi, Ince (Murray 45), Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Chamakh (Jerome 32).

Not used: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Bannan, Gayle.

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