Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jeffrey Schlupp's Goal Was Enough For Crystal Palace To Get All Three Points Against Bournemouth


Jeffrey Schlupp struck in the second half as 10-man Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth to move up to fifth in the Premier League.

The hosts lost Mamadou Sakho early in the first half when he was sent off for a high challenge on Adam Smith.

Bournemouth dominated possession from that point but failed to make the most of their man advantage as they rarely tested Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

Philip Billing hit a shot straight at Guaita at the end of the first half, while Dominic Solanke just failed to connect with a dangerous low ball shortly after the restart.

It appeared as though the first Premier League match to be broadcast on Amazon Prime would end goalless, but instead the hosts snatched victory when Schlupp, on as a first-half substitute for the injured Patrick van Aanholt, weaved his way through the Bournemouth defence before tucking home a low shot.

After a run of five games without victory, Palace have now won their last two having also beaten Burnley 2-0 at the weekend.

Defeat for Bournemouth was their fourth in a row and leaves them in 12th.

This was an excellent, disciplined performance from Palace, particularly after a disrupted first half in which Sakho - making his first Premier League start since September - was shown a straight red before Van Aanholt had to go off when he picked up an injury.

But the hosts kept their shape superbly to limit their opponents to few opportunities while continuing to threaten on the counter.

Palace have struggled for goals this season but have usually made the most of their limited chances, and so it proved in this game as they snatched victory with their first shot on target.

It was a smash-and-grab win but another excellent result overseen by Roy Hodgson, who has worked wonders with a limited budget. Palace have won 15 games in 2019 - more than Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.

However, it did come at a cost. With Sakho now set for a three-match ban and Van Aanholt facing a possible spell on the sidelines, Palace are threadbare in defence with Gary Cahill and Scott Dann already absent through injury.

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