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Late joy for Tottenham as Swans sink Palace

ESPN staff
September 22, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Tottenham players mob Paulinho after his late winner in Cardiff © Getty Images
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Paulinho netted his first Premier League goal in stoppage time to give Tottenham a 1-0 victory and finally end the resistance of Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall.

Spurs dominated large sections of the game at Cardiff City Stadium but were denied on countless occasions as Marshall made crucial saves from Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen, Paulinho and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Even when former Swansea man Sigurdsson did beat Marshall his effort struck the crossbar, but Paulinho finally made their dominance tell as he tapped in Erik Lamela's pass from close range to seal a 1-0 win.

Cardiff created few clear chances but felt they had twice come out on the wrong end of decisions by the officials.

The first came when Hugo Lloris appeared to handle outside his area as Fraizer Campbell attempted to round him, although replays suggested it was a very tight call.

The second saw Ben Turner's header from a corner chalked off after Aron Gunnarsson was adjudged to have impeded Lloris.

The hosts spurned a great chance to win it as Odemwingie evaded Jan Vertonghen and pulled back for Gunnarsson, who fired high over the crossbar.

Marshall saved from Paulinho at the other end, but could do nothing to keep out the Brazilian's final effort from inside the six-yard box at the death.

Swansea showed no sign of a Europa League hangover in South London as they outplayed Crystal Palace to triumph 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

Fresh from demolishing Valencia at the Mestalla, Michael Laudrup urged his players to re-focus on their return to domestic action.

They did just that, and in some style, outclassing Palace from the outset in a win that in no way reflected their dominance.

It took just 80 seconds for Michu to set Swansea on course for a fourth consecutive win against Palace, rifling home right in front of Ian Holloway - the Palace boss having taken up a position in an executive box behind the goal as he completed a two-match touchline ban.

He would have been forgiven for watching the first half through his fingers, with Chico Flores rattling the post moments later, before Michu and Angel Rangel came close to netting.

Dean Moxey was also fortunate not to give away a penalty in strikingly similar fashion to the one he conceded on the opening day against Tottenham - the decision that led to the Holloway comments which led to his ban in the first place.

The away side would not be denied for long, though. With no defenders on the Palace bench and Damien Delaney forced off injured, it was all too simple for Nathan Dyer to rifle home from debutant Alvaro Vazquez's pull back in the 48th minute.

Vazquez wasted a chance to extend their lead further as the game petered out, with Swansea securing a win with worrying ease for the south Londoners.

Michu scored after just 80 seconds as Swansea eased to victory at Selhurst Park © Getty Images
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