Curtis pleased with point

28th December 2015

Alan Curtis was pleased to see his side come away with a hard-earned point after the Swans battled to a goalless draw at Crystal Palace.

Curtis' side ensured they kept their third clean sheet in as many games ollowing a resolute display against Alan Pardew's high-flying Eagles.

Swansea's best chance of the game came when Wayne Hennessey was forced into tipping wide substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson's curling free-kick after Lukasz Fabianski denied Patrick Bamford at the other end.

And having made eight changes to the side that beat West Brom on Boxing Day, Curtis praised a squad effort for their resilient performance.

"Palace is always tough place to come, as we've found in the past," said the Swans caretaker manager. "We had to dig in again. 

"I said on Boxing Day that we had to find a way to win, and today was about making sure we came away from here with something, having given a good performance.

"We obviously came for the win again, but we're pleased with the point.

"For some of the players that came in today, it was their first appearances of the season - and they acquitted themselves well.

"The players did exceptionally well to keep us in the game, then when we made the changes, the players coming on made a real positive impact and we looked the much better side in the final 20 minutes."

He added: "The players have responded well. The first two games (against Manchester City and West Ham), we played exceptionally well and were desperately unlucky, while the match against West Brom and today's game was about showing our battling qualities.

"In all four games, the players have acquitted themselves well."

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace boss Pardew felt his side lacked spark this afternoon, while singling out Swans skipper Ashley Williams as one of the reasons his side couldn't find a breakthrough.

"It was a tight game," said Pardew. "It looked like my team played two days ago - we lacked a bit of spark - and we're a high energy team. We had a great chance at the end through Patrick, who nine times out of ten would bury those chances.

"But Swansea kept their shape well and there were a couple of outstanding performances in their team. Williams, especially, snuffed out everything we put into the box - he was immense today."