English Premiership

Bournemouth fightback adds to Palace misery

2016-02-03 09:01
Alan Pardew (AFP)

London - Bournemouth heaped more misery on a slumping Crystal Palace side after coming from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.

Scott Dann volleyed in a 27th-minute opener for Palace, who had lost four straight matches, but Marc Pugh steered in an equaliser for Bournemouth just seven minutes later.

Bournemouth's record signing Benik Afobe then headed the Cherries in front on 57 minutes as Eddie Howe's side recorded just a second win in seven to climb seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Palace were as high as fifth in December but their dramatic loss of form has seen the Eagles slide to 11th, with both Everton and Chelsea capable of going above them on Wednesday.

Former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was named among the Palace substitutes after the joining the south London club on a free transfer last week.

Wilfried Zaha scored the winner for Palace in a 1-0 win over Stoke City in Saturday's FA Cup fourth round, and the former Manchester United winger went close to giving the home side an early lead as he fizzed a shot just over.

But the hosts were fortunate when Afobe miscued a volley midway through the first half having been left unmarked inside the Palace penalty area.

Palace though grabbed the lead as Lee Chung-Yong kept the ball in play following a corner with a clever backheel to Zaha whose driven cross was turned in from close range by centre-back Dann for his fourth goal of the season.

However, Bournemouth replied before half-time as Pugh, who was also on target in Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup victory at fourth-tier Portsmouth, cut into the box and planted a low shot inside Wayne Hennessey's left-hand post.

And the visitors took the lead just before the hour when Afobe followed up after Matt Ritchie's shot was parried by Hennessey, the former Arsenal youngster sending a looping header beyond the Wales goalkeeper to net for the third straight game following his reported 10 million ($14.5 million, 13.3 million euros) move from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Palace introduced Adebayor in response to falling behind, with fellow ex-Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh also thrown on, but neither could help the Eagles from crashing to a fifth successive defeat as Adebayor fired a late chance into the side netting.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.