Date: 26th August 2017 at 8:00pm
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Swansea City head coach Paul Clement said that he was particularly happy with today’s result as his side recorded their first win of the season.

But whilst he’s happy with four points after three games and a cup win, Clement wasn’t so happy with his side’s performance, despite winning 2-0 and keeping a clean sheet.

Both sides were looking for their first goals and win of the season, with Crystal Palace and the Swans failing to score in their opening 2 League games.

Boos could be heard at Selhurst Park as the full time whistle blew to confirm three defeats in three, while the Swans were relieved to register a win before the first international break of the season.

The first half was a dire 45 minutes of football, dominated mainly by the Swans with 60% possession, but it was risk-free and safety football in the middle third with little penetration in and around the penalty area.

But when it looked like the deadlock may never be broken, Leroy Fer and Tammy Abraham linked up to open the scoring just a minute before half time. Fer sent in a cross from the right and the Chelsea striker did brilliantly to get neat touch – whilst being closely marked – to tuck the ball past Hennessey and into the bottom corner.

It really was a touch of class from the 19 year-old, who got a confidence boost in mid-week after netting his first competitive goal in the EFL Cup in the 4-1 win at MK Dons.

Frank de Boer tried to make some positive changes at the re-start, changing to a back four, but they gifted us a second goal when Kyle Naughton did well to rob possession around the halfway line before sending a perfectly-weighted pass through for Ayew who beat Hennessey to simply touch the ball into an empty net.

The hosts faced an uphill struggle to get back into it, and Martin Olsson and Mike van der Hoorn both made superb last-ditch tackles inside the penalty area to help us avoid a nervy ending.

Clement

“I`m particularly happy with the result,”

“It was an important game considering we drew the first at Southampton and didn`t create much against Man United.

“It`s always difficult away from home, so it`s a good victory. Four points from the first three games and a win in the EFL Cup is a pretty reasonable start, so I`m happy.“

“Despite the result, I`m not so happy with the performance. In the first-half we were better, but in the second-half we had to defend too much.

“Palace put a lot of long balls into our box and although we kept a clean sheet, there were a few nervous moments. I was also a bit disappointed with what we did with the ball in the second half, so there is still plenty to work on.“

 
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