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Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace

By James GheerbrantBBC Sport
Glenn Murray is tackled by Joe Ledley
Bournemouth's Glenn Murray (centre) was unable to break the deadlock against his former club

In-form Crystal Palace ended Bournemouth's three-match winning streak with a battling goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium.

Alan Pardew's side started brightly and Simon Francis cleared Damien Delaney's goalbound volley off the line.

But Bournemouth recovered well and Matt Ritchie headed wide before Eunan O'Kane's shot was tipped over.

However, they could not break through as Palace extended their unbeaten away run to four matches.

A draw was a fair result in a match in which both teams enjoyed spells of superiority, but in truth this was a disappointing encounter as two of the division's form teams struggled to carve out clear-cut chances.

A point nevertheless sees Crystal Palace climb one place to fifth, while Bournemouth remain 14th.

Bournemouth draw a blank

Eddie Howe pleased with point against Palace

Having scored 10 goals in their previous five matches - an unbeaten run - Bournemouth would have had high hopes of continuing their fine attacking form.

But they struggled to get going as Palace made the stronger start - with Delaney close to giving Palace the lead after 10 minutes.

Thereafter Eddie Howe's side grew into the game, but a mere two shots on target - both from outside the area - tells the tale of a frustrating afternoon.

And Howe admitted: "It's not a scoreline you'd associate with us. We had the best chances, but we're disappointed not to have worked their keeper more."

Palace resolute on the road again

James McArthur and Andrew Surman tackle and recovery maps
Crystal Palace's holding midfielder James McArthur (left) won possession for his side in his own half on eight occasions, with two tackles (green triangles) and six recoveries (orange triangles), whereas his Bournemouth counterpart Andrew Surman (right) managed it only once

While this was hardly a vintage performance from the Eagles, it did demonstrate many of the qualities that have made them such a formidable proposition on the road.

Scott Dann and Damien Delaney gave a typically commanding performance at the back as they totally snuffed out the threat of former Palace striker Glenn Murray and ensured Palace's tally of goals conceded away - seven - remains the lowest in the league.

And in front of the back four James McArthur was excellent, making a team-high four tackles and winning possession on nine occasions - more than anyone else on the pitch.

That solidity was crucial as Palace earned a 36th away point of 2015 - second only to Arsenal.

Man of the match - Scott Dann

Scott Dann
Dann picked up a fifth clean sheet of the season - making a team-high five interceptions - and also had three shots

What they said

Injuries a problem for Palace - Alan Pardew

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "It was a real battle, Palace are a very good side, very physical and we certainly knew we were in a game. But the most pleasing aspect from my perspective was the way we fought and defended set plays, with the aerial threat they've got.

"We're harder to beat now, that's six games unbeaten, confidence is improving and belief is growing. We probably created the best chances but didn't take them. We're now moving into a tough period when we know we'll have to be even better."

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "Physically and mentally, it was a tough game - you have to take your hat off to Bournemouth as they're relentless. I had to bring on Yohan Cabaye [at half-time] to get some of the ball, and in the last six minutes I think it showed, as Bournemouth couldn't raise a leg by then. But I'm full of admiration for what they [Bournemouth] did. We'll take the point, it moves us up a place, the unbeaten run goes on, we go to the next game."

The stats you need to know

  • Bournemouth have lost only one of their last nine Boxing Day matches (won five, drew three, lost one), a run that has seen them play in all four tiers of English football.
  • The Cherries ended a run of 29 league games without a goalless draw, since their game against Blackburn in February.
  • Palace are unbeaten in five Premier League games, their best run since April 2014.
  • After drawing none of their first 14 Premier League away games under Alan Pardew, the Eagles have drawn two of their last three.

What's next?

Bournemouth visit Arsenal on Monday, while Palace face Swansea.

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Boruc
  • 15A Smith
  • 2Francis
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 6Surman
  • 30Ritchie
  • 8ArterBooked at 36minsSubstituted forO'Kaneat 45'minutes
  • 4GoslingSubstituted forKermorgantat 90+2'minutes
  • 19Stanislas
  • 27MurraySubstituted forRantieat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Pugh
  • 9Rantie
  • 16MacDonald
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 23Federici
  • 25Distin
  • 32O'Kane

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 23Souaré
  • 11Zaha
  • 28LedleySubstituted forJedinakat 74'minutes
  • 18McArthur
  • 42Puncheon
  • 9CampbellSubstituted forChamakhat 68'minutes
  • 22MutchSubstituted forCabayeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hangeland
  • 7Cabaye
  • 12McCarthy
  • 15Jedinak
  • 29Chamakh
  • 34Kelly
  • 48Dymond
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
11,218

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Crystal Palace 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Crystal Palace 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).

  4. Post update

    Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Dan Gosling.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  9. Post update

    Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).

  14. Post update

    Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

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    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Pape Souaré.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Joel Ward.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Damien Delaney.