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Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-2 AFC Bournemouth


  • Date – 9th December 2017
  • Venue – Selhurst Park
  • Attendance – 24,823
  • Referee – Kevin Friend
  • Bookings – Benteke, Zaha, McArthur, Tomkins, Milivojevic, Cook, Begovic
  • Goals – Defoe (10, 45), Milivojevic (41), Dann (44)
  • Star Eagle – Yohan Cabaye (7.8)


Another point keeps the total moving in the right direction but it should have been all three for Palace. The foolish and seemingly selfish decision by Christian Benteke has turned him into public enemy number one in South London but in truth, the win should have been wrapped up by then with the chances that had gone before. It was another good all round performance by the Eagles amid one of the most inept refereeing performance seen at Selhurst ‘scene of amazing goals’ Park for some time.

PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)

1 JULIAN SPERONI (6.5) – Had little chance with either goal but was only called into action a couple of times.

24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (6.2) – In for the injured Joel Ward and showed his attacking attributes with a couple of terrific through balls.

5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.0) – One goal saving tackle in another solid performance but seemed to pick up another injury which he can hopefully shake off before the next game.

12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.3) – Put himself into trouble when playing the ball which resulted in what looked like an injury that will keep him out for a few games. Replaced by 6 SCOTT DANN (7.2) on 25 minutes who got himself on the score sheet against this opposition once again. Should have had another one too.

15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.1) – Continuing his good showings at left back. Clearly pulled back in the build up to the visitors second goal but missed by the officials.

28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.3) – Well taken penalty to pull Palace back level and if it wasn’t for Benteke would probably have had another, but the Serbs reaction said everything you need to know. Competed well in the middle throughout and starting to show he has quality on the ball too.

7 YOHAN CABAYE (7.8) – Another great performance from the Frenchman even if he cannot last the whole ninety minutes. Ran himself into the ground once again. Made a point by kicking the ball all the way back to Speroni after Palace scored to mock visitors who were consistently kicking the ball away. Replaced by 18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.1) on 65 minutes to provide much needed fresh legs into the midfield but struggled to get into the game.

8 RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (6.8) – Still not showing his true worth being out of position but worked hard and provided a driving force with the ball going forward.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.6) – An electric performance and proved too hot to handle for the opposition back line which culminated in two penalty awards.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.8) – Worked hard and looked lively throughout and was perhaps harshly replaced by 26 BAKARY SAKO (6.1) on 78 minutes who had little time to get into the game but managed to put in a couple of good crosses.

17 CHRISTIAN BENETEKE (6.8) – One of his best games in a Palace shirt but spoilt it with his selfish antics by taking the injury time penalty for himself. A lot to make up for on Tuesday night.

Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 3 Patrick van Aanholt, 34 Martin Kelly, 42 Jason Puncheon


“We expected Luka to take it, he’s our designated penalty taker. For some reason Christian persuaded him to let him take it, and then he missed it. I think Christian is stunned, shocked and very disappointed. But I actually thought he played well, that’s the best I’ve seen him play in a Palace shirt in my time here. It’s a great disappointment. Rather than crown that performance he’s put himself in a bit of a black hole with Palace supporters because he’s missed.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.

“Both our goals were two really good finishes. They are totally different finishes as well. For the second, from that angle he’s got no right to score, and that’s his unique talent.” – Eddie Howe courtesy of BBC Sport.


The Who Scored man of the match was Jermain Defoe (8.1) while Christian Benteke (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Jeffrey Schlupp, Lewis Cooke and Joshua King (4), the latter also had the most dribbles (4).

  • Team rating: 6.82 – 6.87
  • Total shots: 24 – 11
  • Shots on target: 8 – 5
  • Possession: 45.2% – 54.8%
  • Pass success: 75% – 79%
  • Dribbles: 4 – 11
  • Aerials won: 22 – 9
  • Tackles: 18 – 18
  • Corners: 6 – 3
  • Dispossessed: 12 – 9


Palace drop to the bottom of the table but move on to eleven points behind Swansea City in 19th on twelve points and West Ham United in 18th with thirteen.


  • 12/12/2017 Watford (h)
  • 16/12/2017 Leicester City (a)
  • 23/12/2017 Swansea City (a)




  1. Jordan
    December 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm — Reply

    Undeniably one of our best performances going forward. We should have scored and Bournemouth most certainly rode their luck, but we also showed great character yet again; to go 1 down to which was quite clearly a rugby tackle, then to concede on the verge of halftime – by what was a great strike – it feels the whole performance has been overshadowed by one individuals poor choice. I like many palace fans feel very drained after what should have been 3 points on an afternoon I should have felt ecstatic over come 5 o clock. But we have another point on the board and we must look forward to Tuesday now, whoever those starting 11 players are we must rally behind them.

    Ps. Yet again, Bournemouth got away with many a challenges which we seemed to be so easily oeanaljsed for. Eddie how has done a great job there but I hate that shoddy club.

  2. Dan Bright
    December 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Solid performance that deserved all three points. Shame about Benteke at the end but once again signs that we can get out of the mess we find ourselves in. More than anything, Benteke needs competition so he knows his place isn’t secure – big January coming up that, once again, could define our season!

  3. Lee Eyres
    December 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    I thought it was an entertaining game with both sides looking dangerous going forwards. We probably edged it, but a moment of stupidity from CB blew that. It was a shame as he’d otherwise had his best game in ages.

    Wilf was outstanding, RLC not far behind. Tomkins is becoming our best CB (including Mama). Many positives, but a 2pt dreadful wasted negative.

  4. Connor McLean
    December 10, 2017 at 6:24 pm — Reply

    Horrendous from Benteke in what was his best display of the season. He needs goals soon to get the fans back on-side. Team looked good again yesterday, and we didn’t lose. Need to take the positives but Luka needs to be on all pens forever.

  5. Jacob Ritchie
    December 10, 2017 at 6:27 pm — Reply

    Thought Palace were exceptional going forward early, and looked to be the superior side. Unlucky that goal from defoe, was a worldie, and Benteke cost Palace a full three points at the end. Palace have to shore up the defense in some situations especially when Bournemouth went on the counter, however a 5 game unbeaten streak should leave Palace in great shape going forward, and even better if Benteke gets himself together.

  6. Sam Akehurst
    December 11, 2017 at 12:19 am — Reply

    Honestly it was the most frustrating game this season for me, should have won the game and Palace were easily the better team. Benteke ruined the game with his selfish antics, and I’m 100% certain that that moment will hugely effect our season, but I’m not sure if it will be for the better or worse…

  7. Hayden Nollenberger
    December 11, 2017 at 11:54 pm — Reply

    While originally disappointed with the result (as I’m sure we all were), further thought later in the evening changed my outlook on the way the game progressed. Sure there were 3-4 quality chances that we should have converted to get the 3 points, but the fact that we kept pressing forward towards goal leaves me feeling positive. How many games in the last two years have you seen fight like that out of the boys? A few come to mind, namely Arsenal and Liverpool at the end of last season. Other than in those games I don’t think I’ve seen them possess the amount of teamwork and drive that they displayed on Saturday. Remember the last time Defoe scored on us in stoppage time in the first half? A 0-4 loss to Sunderland. The old Palace would have hung their heads after that goal, instead they kept fighting. For me Wilf was the man of the match. His hard work in the box at the end of the game was especially admirable. Five-unbeaten keep it up lads.

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