Crystal palace’s three game unbeaten streak concluded in substantial circumstances as a late Junior Stanislas penalty saw them lose 2-1 away to Bournemouth.
The cherries were awarded a spot kick by referee Mike dean late in to the game, in what will inevitably be the talking point of the match. In a moment of madness defender Mamadou Sakho swung his forearm in to the face of Jefferson Lerma from an in swinging free kick which was spotted by the official.
The set piece was then successfully converted straight down the middle by substitute Junior Stanislas minutes after coming on. This win gives Bournemouth their best start to a premier league season and likewise sees them maintain their unbeaten streak at home. Their 4th win in seven games moves them up in to 7th palace whilst palace slip to 13th.
An evidently poor Palace team however made a real fist out of the game. Patrick Van Aanholt’s thunderous strike from the corner of the box in the 55th minute cancelled out an equally magnificent goal from David Brooks minutes into the game.
Ex premier league striker Chris Sutton described the incident as “Stupidity” from the french international and went as far to say that the defender has cost his team vital points. Lerma and Sakho initially tussled before the free kick and had to be warned by the referee Mike Dean prior to incident for the penalty.
Throughout the game the south coast side did look the more comfortable of the two and would’ve been disappointed with just a point. If not for wasting various chances the Cherries should’ve scored more. Palace improved drastically after the restart however and sparked the game into life with the goal from the Dutch left back. Late changes in the game saw Bournemouth switch to a 4-5-1 and Palace bring on more defensive minded players like Kouyate to see out the game.
Once again Palace looked lost without the focal point of Christian Benteke up front. Jordan Ayew was absent for the best part of the match and offered next to nothing in the absence of the Belgian. Despite his lack of goals the impact of the target man has on the game is evident to see.
Stand out performer of the game was the goalscorer Van Aanholt in an otherwise sub par team. Palace did well to intercept the ball and had the majority of the possession but failed to create much when in possession. Star players like Zaha, Townsend and Meyer also had disappointing games attacking the Cherries goal and only managing two shots on target.
The Eagles host Wolves on Saturday looking to bounce back whilst Bournemouth travel to Watford.
Begovic, Francis(c), Cook, Ake, Smith, Cook, Lerma, Brooks (Gosling 58′), Fraser (Stanislas 84′) , King, Wilson
Crystal Palace (4-3-3):
Hennessey, Wan Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Milivoijevic (C), McArthur (Schlupp 77′), Meyer (Kouyate 84′), Townsend, Zaha, Ayew (Sorloth 82′)