CRYSTAL PALACE 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1: A game of two halves, two goals and a single point

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PREMIER LEAGUE | Saturday 27th August 2016

ATT: 23,503 | REF: Dean | HALF-TIME: 0-1

HOW AFCB LINED UP

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GOALS & CRUCIAL MOMENTS

11 mins | JOSH KING | AFC Bournemouth
A free kick from the right was floated into the centre of the box which Palace managed to get away. The ball came to Arter who cleverly hoisted back into King who chested, spun and shot across the keeper. Crystal Palace 0-1 AFC Bournemouth

20 mins | ARTUR BORUC | Penlaty save – AFC Bournemouth
Charlie Daniels was having a good old tug on Bentekes’s shirt and should have known what the outcome was going to be, a penalty to Palace. Cabaye stepped up sent the ball left and Boruc was there to beat away the ball. Hero. Crystal Palace 0-1 AFC Bournemouth

90+3 mins | SCOTT DANN | Crystal Palace
With the seconds ticking down a neat cross into the box found Scott Dann completely unmarked with Ake making an attempt to put him off but was wrong side. Dann rose and planted the ball firmly in the far corner giving Boruc no chance
Crystal Palace 1-1 AFC Bournemouth

THE OFFICIAL VIEW

4 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM PALACE v AFCB

01. JOSH KING IS BACK ON FORM
We got at Palace early on and we looked like we were going to score. In previous games we have looked weak in front of goal, but King and Wilson were on their game, especially in the first half. Josh King has looked like our best scoring option right from the start of the season and each game he has got stronger and offered more of a threat. His goal against Palace showed exactly what he is capable of. There is also signs of a productive strike partnership with Wilson. He set up Wilson perfectly who should have scored. Expect more from King and Wilson very soon.

02. ARTUR BORUC IS ON FIRE
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Towards the end of last season Boruc was looking a little lacklustre, he wasn’t quite on his game. To be frank he looked like he couldn’t be bothered. This lead to us thinking that we needed a new keeper. We thought that Boruc would make a great number two. But this season he looks like a different player. He is back to his old self, if not better.

Against Palace he pulled of a number of great saves, including the penalty and kept us in the game. Without Boruc in tip top form Palace could have easily got all three points. Much like any good keeper, he won us the point we deserved against Palace.

03. STILL CAN’T DEFEND FOR 90 MINS
It’s hard to score goals in the Premier League and and it’s also difficult to stop the opposition scoring a goal. Once we got in front we were looking to double our advantage, but the second goal never came. Palace were always going to be a different proposition in the second half and they created numerous chances. It looked like we had managed to hold on to get all three points, but once again we failed to keep a clean sheet. Dann was left on his own and Ake failed to deal with him. A cross into the box was once again our undoing. It’s not a new problem, but one that needs to be resolved sooner rather than later. If we can keep a clean sheet we have a better chance of winning.

04. NOTHING CHANGES ON MOTD
A second season of Match of the Day and we are still there with Lineker and co, but nothing changes. Who picks the running order? Let’s put AFC Bournemouth on last and let’s give them 30 seconds of analysis. Don’t think we even got that this time out. A few mentions of Benteke, a quick reference to the penalty and no mention of King’s goal. If you can’t be bothered to make an effort, don’t be so f**king obvious about it, you condescending asses.

OFF THE BOTTOM AND ON THE UP

Three points would have been better than one. It would have taken us out of the relegation zone, but at least a point got us off the bottom. Against Palace we were starting to look like the team we know we can be. Josh King is looking good, Wilson is slowly showing signs of old, Arter managed to keep his mouth shut, Boruc was superb, Cook was a stalwart as always and Ibe still needs to be more productive with his final ball.

West Brom at home, will be a test for our defence. As long as we can stop them scoring from corners, free-kicks and balls in the box our first three points could well be on the cards. line5EPLFixturesSep2016

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