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Warnock feared Swansea rout

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock feared his side would suffer a double-figure beating after the first 15 minutes at Swansea.

Wilfried Bony scored his sixth goal in seven Barclays Premier League games on the quarter-hour mark to reward Swansea's complete domination, but Palace levelled through Mile Jedinak's 25th minute penalty and ending up taking a 1-1 draw home from the Liberty Stadium.

"I was wondering if it would be double figures after 15 minutes because it couldn't have got any worse," Warnock said.

"The first 20 minutes is as bad as I've seen us play since I've been at the club.

"We just couldn't put two passes together, we couldn't pass water. It was really poor.

"But after that we regrouped and I thought our lads responded."

Warnock felt Palace were aided by an injury to striker Dwight Gayle which allowed James McArthur to bolster the midfield and Marouane Chamakh fill the main striker's role.

And it was Chamakh who won the penalty when Jonjo Shelvey's clumsy challenge saw the Moroccan fall to the floor in a crowded penalty area.

"McArthur coming on and Chamakh going up front helped us, it made us more solid and more of a threat," Warnock said after Palace had built on their 3-1 home victory over Liverpool.

"Swansea always control the game, that's how they are. But you have to give us credit as a lot of teams could have laid down, but we played controlled football after the break.

"We might be limited in certain areas but we are a good honest bunch.

"After the Liverpool game nobody talks about us at all, it's all about Liverpool, but I thought we were fantastic."

Swansea manager Garry Monk felt his side had been in control apart from a difficult period immediately after Jedinak's equaliser.

"We started the game very well on the front foot and were in the ascendancy," Monk said.

"I was disappointed with their goal because we gave the ball away, they countered and got the penalty from there.

"For four or five minutes after that we were unsettled because of the dominance we had, but we were the ones pushing for the second goal and the performance was very good.

"But Palace defended well, they put people on the 18-yard line and it was difficult for us to get the second goal."

Swansea have now lost 13 points from winning positions this season but Monk insisted he was not focusing on that damaging statistic.

"I look at 19 points. We've got a great total, we're still seventh and we're still improving and progressing as team," Monk said.

"Yes, we've made little mistakes but I look at the positives.

"The performance level I can't argue with, we're having a good season and we're trying to find our way to push on."

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