Swansea vs Crystal Palace report: Mile Jedinak penalty cancels out Wilfried Bony strike to share the points

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If the definition of madness is making the same mistake over again, then Garry Monk will soon be swapping his team’s white shirts for white coats. Swansea remain in seventh place, yet no other team in the Premier League has thrown away more points from winning positions.

Swansea have let 13 points slip through their grasp after surrendering two more here against a Crystal Palace team full of effort and willing but low on class.

Wilfried Bony scored his sixth goal in seven games, only for Jonjo Shelvey to swipe the legs from under Marouane Chamakh and for Mile Jedinak to equalise from the penalty spot. It could be enough to have driven Monk to distraction but the Swans manager remains an optimist.

“I always focus on the positives and look at the 19 points we do have rather than the ones we lost,” he said.  “We’ve still got a good total, we’re still seventh and we’re still progressing. We’re disappointed not to win this one because we dominated the whole game apart from the moments before and after their goal.”

For Palace, this draw will come close to matching the three points they took against Liverpool last week. Ironically, they were helped by the loss Dwight Gayle to an early back injury, with James McArthur slotting smoothly into midfield. And they got back on level terms with their first attack of the game,  Jedinak claiming his third goal in four games from the spot.

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Mile Jedinak fires a shot towards goal

Manager Neil Warnock said: “The first 20 minutes was as bad as I’ve seen us play.  We couldn’t pass water let alone the ball. I thought Swansea could reach double figures. We could have laid down but we regrouped. We looked threatening on the break and with more quality in certain areas, we could have pinched it.”

Yannick Bolasie grazed the crossbar and Chamakh was denied by Lukasz Fabianski in the moments after the equaliser.Swansea failed to convert pressure into goals as both Shelvey and Gylfi Sigurdsson, on three occasions, went close.

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Jefferson Montero runs at Joel Ward

Swansea (4-3-3): Fabianski; Rangel, Bartley, Williams, Davies; Sigurdsson, Ki, Shelvey; Montero, Bony (Gomis, 75), Routledge (Barrow, 65).

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Speroni; Kelly, Hangeland, Dann, Ward; Bolasie, Ledley, Jedinak, Puncheon (Zaha, 81); Chamakh (Campbell, 66), Gayle (McArthur, 21).

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Man of the match: Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Match rating: 6/10.

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