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Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace

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

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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

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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Foul by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).

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

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

Foul by Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Dan Gosling.

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

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

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

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

Foul by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Pape Souaré.

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

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Joel Ward.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

Offside, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas tries a through ball, but Eunan O'Kane is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak replaces Joe Ledley.

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Offside, Bournemouth. Simon Francis tries a through ball, but Tokelo Rantie is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Glenn Murray.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by James McArthur.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Yohan Cabaye.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Marouane Chamakh replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pape Souaré with a cross.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Bournemouth).

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester18115237251238
2Arsenal18113431181336
3Man City18112537201735
4Tottenham1888231141732
5Crystal Palace189362316730
6Man Utd188552216629
7Watford188552318529
8Liverpool187652122-127
9Everton186843224826
10West Ham186842622426
11Stoke187561616026
12Southampton186662521424
13West Brom185581724-720
14Bournemouth185582232-1020
15Chelsea185492329-619
16Swansea184681624-818
17Norwich184592032-1217
18Newcastle184591933-1417
19Sunderland1833121937-1812
20Aston Villa1815121532-178
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