Bournemouth and Palace take a point apiece from Premier League contest
Published 26/12/2015 | 17:16
Bournemouth and Crystal Palace shared the points in a goalless Barclays Premier League draw at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries, seeking their fourth successive win for the first time since 1989, were frustrated by the high-flying Eagles.
Palace started the game strongly and t he home side took five minutes to get into the match, giving away two corners in the first few minutes. However, Jason Puncheon's deliveries could not be converted and the hosts began to slow the ball down and gain control.
The visitors nearly went ahead after eight minutes when Puncheon's third corner from the left found Damien Delaney - but Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc got low down to keep the match goalless.
Adam Smith and Matt Ritchie caused Palace a few problems on the right, with Bournemouth's best attacking chances coming from crosses from the pair.
Yet it was Dan Gosling who came closest for the Cherries in the first half with the midfielder's looping shot saved by the hand of Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
Just after the half hour mark, Harry Arter received the only yellow card of the afternoon after sliding in on Wilfried Zaha. After words were exchanged between the pair, referee Michael Oliver calmed the situation down before it got out of control.
Bournemouth striker Glenn Murray had chances to score against his former side before he was replaced on 72 minutes by Tokelo Rantie. The 32-year-old played 113 league games for Palace between 2012 and 2015 and scored 44 goals for the Eagles.
Both sides struggled to make an impact in the box during the second half but it was Bournemouth who looked the more threatening. Ritchie had the chance to open the scoring but his scuffed shot was easily saved by Hennessey.
The Cherries continued to pile on the pressure but the Palace defence stood strong, despite Delaney appearing to be injured as he blocked a Rantie cross. Palace boss Alan Pardew had used his three substitutes so the centre-half had no choice but to continue.
Both sides had chances to win but in a game that was played mostly in the midfield it came as no surprise the clash remained goalless until the final whistle.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
@Mark__Bright: " Well done @CPFC tough game against a confident @afcbournemouth got to say 5th place on Boxing Day is excellent going, one day rest, go again". Former Crystal Palace player Mark Bright feels the point was a good one for the Eagles.
Artur Boruc: 6
Adam Smith: 7
Simon Francis: 6
Steve Cook: 6
Charlie Daniels: 7
Andrew Surman: 6
Dan Gosling: 7
Harry Arter: 6
Matt Ritchie: 7
Junior Stanislas: 7
Glenn Murray: 7
Tokelo Rantie: 6
Yann Kermorgant: 4
Eunan O'Kane: 5
Wayne Hennessey : 6
Joel Ward: 6
Scott Dann: 7
Damien Delaney: 7
Pape Souare: 6
Joe Ledley: 6
James McArthur: 6
Wilfried Zaha: 6
Jordan Mutch: 6
Jason Puncheon: 7
Fraizer Campbell: 6
Yohan Cabaye: 5
Mile Jedinak: 4
Marouane Chamakh: 6
Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon had an impressive afternoon for his side and Bournemouth left-back Charlie Daniels struggled to keep up with the Englishman. The Eagles have scored more goals from set-pieces (11) than any other side this season and their ability from his corners showed. Puncheon's efforts to track back also helped his side out defensively and was part of the reason Palace kept a clean sheet.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Despite both sides having a number of chances to open the scoring the ball did not look like it was going in the back of the net all afternoon. Eagles manager Alan Pardew made all three of his substitutes by the 74th minute in an attempt to change the luck of the away side but shortly after his final change centre-back Damien Delaney injured himself in the process of blocking Tokelo Rantie's cross. Palace fans looked on nervously but the 34-year-old managed to remain on the field until full-time and Bournemouth were unable to take advantage.
VIEW FROM THE BENCH
Both sides made changes at half time with Harry Arter, who was on a yellow card, being replaced by Eunan O'Kane for the Cherries and Yohan Cabaye replacing Jordan Mutch for Palace but neither play made an immediate influence on the game as it ended in a stalemate.
MOAN OF THE MATCH
Just 10 minutes into the match Bournemouth's Adam Smith was brought down by left-back Pape Souare as he sprinted down the wing. The Palace defender had been penalised only minutes before and the Senegalese defender showed his frustration by kicking the ball into the other half of the pitch, much to the annoyance of the Bournemouth players and fans. The Cherries fans behind Palace manager Pardew told him exactly what they thought of the incident, but it seemed he was also less than impressed by his left-back's attitude telling him off and warning him to calm down. Pardew then chose to turn to the Bournemouth fans and ask if they were okay now he had apprehended his player, leading to some cheers from the home supporters.
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