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Football: Murray puts injury woe behind him to grab Palace point

Published on Mar 3, 2014 6:55 AM
Crystal Palace's Glenn Murray (2nd right) scores a penalty during their English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales, on Mar 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SWANSEA, United Kingdom (AFP) - Glenn Murray ended almost a year of frustration by scoring his first ever Premier League goal through a second-half penalty to secure a 1-1 draw for Crystal Palace against Swansea on Sunday.

The 30-year-old, who was Palace's leading scorer last season with 31 goals but had not played since May because of injury and had only returned to action against Manchester United last weekend, slotted home the penalty eight minutes from time.

Jonathan De Guzman had given the hosts the lead in the first-half but Murray's goal, only Palace's sixth away goal of the season and first since Dec 26, earned his side a valuable point in the relegation battle.

Swansea are five points above the relegation places as a result while Palace, who have played a game fewer than the Swans, are three points clear of third from bottom Sunderland.

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