Crystal Palace 1-1 Bournemouth

27 Aug

Scott Dann


Scott Dann (centre) scored five goals last season

Scott Dann’s injury-time equaliser gave Crystal Palace their first point of the season against Bournemouth.

The Eagles looked like falling to a third successive defeat before Dann headed home Jason Puncheon’s cross to give them a deserved leveller.

Josh King gave the visitors an early lead when he finished well from Harry Arter’s pass.

Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye saw a penalty well saved by Artur Boruc in the first half.

Christian Benteke was pulled back on the edge of the area but Cabaye put his spot kick too close to the Polish keeper.

Both teams remain winless in the league this season.

Benteke needs time

Christian Benteke<!–

Christian Benteke’s last 90 minutes came for Liverpool against West Brom on 15 May

Crystal Palace gave a Premier League debut to £27m-signing Benteke.

The Belgian had scored on his Premier League debuts for both Aston Villa and Liverpool but could not make it a hat-trick on Saturday.

In truth, it was a mixed afternoon for the big striker.

He won the first half penalty and will possibly feel aggrieved that Cabaye refused to let him take it – having asked to do so – before the Frenchman saw his kick saved.

He had little influence thereafter in a first 45 minutes that was dominated by Bournemouth.

Team-mate Damien Delaney said in midweek that Palace “had not signed Lionel Messi” and that Benteke would need good service to thrive.

Media playback is not supported on this device

It wasn’t to be, says Cherries boss Howe

The Belgian had two chances in the second half. First he headed over after attacking Puncheon’s corner with real conviction and then he fired over in the final minutes after bringing the ball down well on the edge of the area.

Fortunately for him Dann, who had been made an auxiliary striker for the final minutes, came to Palace’s rescue with a bullet header in the final minute of stoppage time.

Alan Pardew knows it will take Benteke time to adapt to his new team-mates but with just one point and one goal in their first three games he will need his record signing to start firing after the international break.

Palace pressure eventually tells

Touchmap<!–

Crystal Palace’s touchmap on the left shows how dominant the hosts were. Bournemouth’s desperate defending (right) was laudable but unfortunately for them they just could not hold out for the three points.

Both teams came into this game desperate for points having lost their opening two games of the Premier League season.

Indeed Palace have won just two league games in the whole of 2016, while the Cherries are now winless in their last eight league matches.

Bournemouth had the better of the opening 45 minutes and possibly should have led by more at the break, with Callum Wilson guilty of a poor finish after being played in by goalscorer King.

However, the second half was a totally different case, with Palace piling on the pressure.

Arter cleared a Dann header off the line, Boruc saved magnificently from Lee Chung-yong and Connor Wickham smashed over when well-placed as the Eagles threw everything at the visitors.

It looked like Eddie Howe’s men were going to hold out but ultimately a quality ball from Puncheon proved to be their undoing.

What they said

Media playback is not supported on this device

Crystal Palace 1-1 Bournemouth: Alan Pardew – ‘We’ll take that’

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: “Justice was my overriding emotion when we equalised because we had an unbelievable amount of pressure in the second half.

“If our fans had gone home at half time then I couldn’t have blamed them but they stuck with us and kept us going.

“I think the signs are there for us with Christian (Benteke). It was a promising debut from him.”

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “They’re such a strong physical team and it’s very difficult to stop the direct play.

“We ended up sinking very deep to try and protect what we had and that wasn’t our wish but psychologically I think it’s very hard to reverse that.”

The stats you need to know

  • Palace have now failed to win 20 of their 22 games in 2016. (W2 D6 L14).
  • Yohan Cabaye has missed his last two Premier League penalties, having scored all of his four previous penalties.
  • Scott Dann has scored more Premier League goals than any other defender since the start of 2015-16 (6).
  • Artur Boruc has saved the last three penalties he has faced in the Premier League.
  • The Cherries have won only one of their last 11 Premier League games (D2 L8).

Man of the match – Artur Boruc

Artur Boruc<!–

The late equaliser was especially harsh on Boruc. The Cherries keeper had an excellent day and his late save from Lee Chung-yong looked to have ensured all three points for his side. The Poland international had no chance with Scott Dann’s equaliser.

What next?

Crystal Palace travel to Middlesbrough after the international break while Bournemouth host West Brom.

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Bournemouth 1.

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Bournemouth 1.

Attempt missed. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Bournemouth 1. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Damien Delaney with a headed pass.

Hand ball by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Martin Kelly replaces Joel Ward.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Nathan Aké replaces Ryan Fraser.

Hand ball by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Attempt blocked. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Lee Chung-yong (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Smith with a cross.

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Cook.

Foul by Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Lee Chung-yong (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

Attempt missed. Lee Chung-yong (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Pape Souaré tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lewis Grabban replaces Callum Wilson.

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

Attempt blocked. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Attempt missed. Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Chung-yong with a cross.

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha replaces Connor Wickham.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Lee Chung-yong replaces James McArthur.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Pape Souaré tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pape Souaré with a cross.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

No comments yet

Leave a Reply