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Premiership: Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace produced a spirited display to earn a point from a lively encounter at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea dominated the early exchanges and went ahead when Wilfried Bony shot on the turn into the bottom corner for his sixth goal in the last seven games.

But Jonjo Shelvey felled Marouane Chamakh and Mile Jedinak converted from the spot to equalise for Palace.

There were fewer chances after the break, Gylfi Sigurdsson twice firing off target from the edge of the area.

After the euphoria of last week’s impressive victory against Liverpool, it was another solid performance from Neil Warnock’s Palace, who might have been swept aside within the opening quarter.

Swansea began in irresistible fashion, Jefferson Montero and Wayne Routledge causing havoc on the flanks and Sigurdsson linking skilfully with Bony through the middle.

Bony, who had already twice gone close after flowing team moves, collected Sigurdsson’s disguised pass just inside the area and fired in acrobatically from close to the turf.

Ironically, Palace improved after striker Dwight Gayle went off injured, as his replacement James McArthur brought much needed extra presence to the midfield.

The visitors had been reduced to the occasional foray from the pacy Yannick Bolasie but it was one of those bursts that led to a brace of corners, the second of which resulted in the penalty.

Shelvey was adjudged to have backed into Chamakh and Jedinak hit the spot kick down the middle to send Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way.

The equaliser revitalised Palace and they might have taken the lead when Ashley Williams missed his kick to allow Chamakh a clear sight of goal eight yards out, but Fabianski was alert to rush out and smother the shot.

Swansea fans were convinced Chamakh, who had been booked for a scything challenge on the touchline, should have been dismissed for a handball on the edge of the box.

And Shelvey should have atoned for his earlier misdemeanour shortly before the break, firing wide when unmarked in space eight yards out.

After the break Swansea’s creative players were unable to exert as much influence on proceedings as Palace’s well-marshalled defence ensured further progress, the Eagles climbing to 14th in a congested mid-table.

Read more at BBC Sport

Premiership: Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool

Crystal Palace staged a sensational comeback to heap more misery on Liverpool and secure a 3-1 win at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles looked up against it when they fell behind inside 90 seconds as Rickie Lambert struck his first goal for the Merseysiders.

But Dwight Gayle, who all-but ended the Reds’ title hopes with a brace in last season’s infamous 3-3 draw, came back to haunt Brendan Rodgers’ side with a close-range finish after Yannick Bolasie had hit the post on 17 minutes.

Lambert went close to restoring the visitors’ lead with two headers while Javi Manquillo wasted a glorious chance before the hosts edged ahead 12 minutes from time. The impressive Bolasie switched to the right flank and carved Liverpool open, laying a cut back into the path of Joe Ledley who coolly fired home from eight yards.

The visitors were all at sea at this point and conceded again just two minutes later when Mile Jedinak curled a sensational 25-yard free kick into the top corner to leave the Merseysiders with an acute sense of deja vu following their late capitulation at Selhurst Park last season.

The result sees the Eagles move two points clear of the bottom three with a first victory since September, while Liverpool have now lost four matches on the spin in all competitions and have much work to do to turn around their season.

Read more at Yahoo Sport