Bournemouth beat Palace after late Kluivert winner

by 24britishtvApril 2, 2024, 10:40 p.m. 20
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Last updated on .From the section Premier League

Bournemouth's impressive run continued as substitute Justin Kluivert's goal against Crystal Palace earned his team a fourth win in five games.

The game, played in wet and windy conditions, looked to be heading for a goalless conclusion at Vitality Stadium.

Philip Billing had a header tipped on to the bar by Henderson while at the other end Eberechi Eze's goal celebrations were cut short by an offside flag after the Palace player had finished from six yards.

But Kluivert's 79th-minute winner proved the difference and lifted his side up to 11th in the table.
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Bournemouth find themselves in an unfamiliar but very welcome position of being all but safe eight games from the end of Andoni Iraola's impressive first season in charge.

Billionaire club owner Bill Foley said in December he is confident the club can qualify for Europe within five years and that they should take inspiration from Brighton.

The Cherries, who have already surpassed last season's tally of 39 points, are certainly moving in the right direction.

They are seven points behind sixth-placed Manchester United and are eyeing a top-half Premier League finish for only the second time.

On a dreadful night weather-wise on the south coast, Bournemouth had to wait until late in the game to get the winner.

Henderson, deputising for injured first-choice keeper Sam Johnstone, had already produced a fine save to keep out Billing's header while Lloyd Kelly headed another great chance wide.

The closest Dominic Solanke came to adding to his 16 Premier League goals was when he fired into the side netting in the second half.

But Netherlands forward Kluivert sent fans home happy after great work by Semenyo.

Five of Bournemouth's remaining eight games are away from home, including tough-looking matches at title-chasing Arsenal and Champions League hopefuls Aston Villa.

They are unlikely to hold much fear for Iraola's side, who are building confidence and momentum with an unbeaten Premier League run that stretches back to 24 February.

Four months have passed since Crystal Palace supporters booed their own players off the pitch after a 2-0 home defeat by Bournemouth while an object was launched by a fan in the direction of then-manager Roy Hodgson.

Palace have won just three Premier League matches since then - losing seven - while they have replaced Hodgson with Oliver Glasner.

With Joel Ward making his 300th top-flight appearance for the club, the Eagles were on their way to securing a hard-earned point when they conceded another late winner.

It has been a familiar pattern all season. Palace led 1-0 at Aston Villa back in September before letting in three late goals. As recently as 9 March they had to make do with a point at home to Luton after conceding in the 96th minute.

Palace remain eight points above the relegation zone but it is now just one win in eight, with a tough match at home to Treble-chasing Manchester City coming up on Saturday (12:30 BST).

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