Mar 2, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT
With nearly all the possession and all the chances, Swansea looked to see out the match.
Not so fast.
It was straight red for Chico, and Murray buried the ensuing penalty to earn a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
A man down, suddenly Swansea were forced to hold on for dear life in the final seven minutes, which they were able to do…barely. Either way, it’s a disappointment for the home side who dominated for most of the match, and the only complaint through 80 minutes was that they were not up by more.
The home side, as they have much of the year, maintained much of the possession in the first half, although Crystal Palace hardly had a touch on the ball at all.
In fact, Swansea had a staggering 84% of the possession in the first half, and they got a reward for their work.
With so much possession, the passing was brilliant, as it took four touches from four different players bang-bang and Jonathan de Guzman was the man to finish from close range, having beaten Joel Ward with a run.
For all the possession, however, the goal was the lone breakthrough of the first half, no surprise for the Swans considering the score was their 36th of the season but just their seventh in the first half of games.
Both teams also had to deal with injuries in the first half of the game, with both managers forced into changes early. Pablo Hernandez pulled up lame and had to be replaced in the 22nd minute by Jose Canas, and just 10 minutes later Palace striker Marouane Chamakh was forced off after also coming up with a tight hammy.
In the second half there was little to discuss until the 82nd minute, when the game completely changed. Referee Mike Dean may have been quick to pull the trigger on the penalty decision with the incident on the edge of the box, but there could be no complaints from Swansea as the decision to take action was not harsh.
Murray was on the money into the top right corner with the penalty hit, and he picked up his first-ever top flight goal. It allows Crystal Palace to stay two back of Swansea as well as put a 2-point cushion between the Eagles and West Brom in 17th.
For Swansea, they’ll certainly take the point as it propels them just one below Stoke for 12th, but they will rue the two dropped as they let the opportunity to go 10th slip away.
Swansea City – Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams (Amat 70′), Davies; Britton, de Guzman, Dyer, Hernandez (Canas 22′), Routledge; Bony (Lita 63′).
Goals – de Guzman 25′
Crystal Palace – Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Parr (Thomas 70′); Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Ince (Murray 45′), Chamakh (Jerome 32′).
Goals – Murray (pen) 82′
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