Richards expecting tough Palace test

23rd May 2015

Jazz Richards is anticipating a difficult return to Selhurst Park when the Swans face Crystal Palace in the final game of the season on Sunday (May 24, 3pm).

The Swans make the trip to London aiming to end a record-breaking season on a high with victory over Alan Pardew's side.

The Swans will ultimately end the campaign in eighth place - their highest finish since winning promotion to the top-flight in 2011.

But despite the eagerness to end the season on a winning note, Richards is expecting a tough encounter against the side he enjoyed a temporary stint with during the 2012-13 campaign.

"Obviously I was at Palace on loan when they won promotion," said Richards, who featured 11 times during his spell with the Eagles. "It's a great club and they're a good group of lads. 

"This season they've done really well. I felt they did well under (Tony) Pulis, and now (Alan) Pardew has come in and done really well too.

"It will be a difficult game. Selhurst Park is a hard place to go, and they have great fans. You've seen teams go there this year and not get the result they want. 

"We want to go there and end the season strong, but we know it won't be easy.   

"Their last result against Liverpool shows what they can do, and they're proving to a lot of people how good they can be. 

"They have really good individual players, and now they're bonding well as a team, so they are a strong force.

"It will be a tough game, but we want the win to end the season well."