Afobe scores again to sink Eagles

Benik Afobe continued his recent good form by scoring the winning goal in Bournemouth's 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night.

  • Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 2
  • Dann opens the scoring
  • Pugh levels the scores
  • Afobe nets winner
  • Adebayor makes debut

Match Summary

Crystal Palace would've felt aggrieved by their 2-1 loss to Bournemouth after creating the lion's share of chances throughout the match.

They took the lead in the 27th minute when Wilfried Zaha found Scott Dann with an accurate cross and the defender had an easy tap-in from close range.

Marc Pugh got the visitors back on level terms in the 34th minute with a mazy dribble past at least four defenders before firing past Wayne Hennessey.

Afobe grabbed what turned out to be the winner in the 57th minute after pouncing on the rebound from Matt Ritchie's shot, which was well saved by Hennessey but the Crystal Palace stopper was helpless to prevent Afobe's header.

Full Report

Despite creating more chances throughout the match, Crystal Palace continued to lack the cutting edge that has been missing since boxing day.

The London club has scored just seven goals in their last nine matches in all competitions and, unfortunately for Eagles' fans, no solution seems to be in sight.

Emmanuel Adebayor was brought in on a free transfer during the winter transfer window and made his debut as a second half substitute, but showed very little that might suggest he would provide the answers.

Bournemouth, for their part, were happy to let the host dominate possession and look for opportunities to counter attack, and made the most of the limited opportunities they found.

Palace did open the scoring in 27th, but the goal came through a center back from a set piece and the home side failed to look genuinely threatening throughout the remaining 63 minutes of the match.

Their lead lasted just seven minutes as Pugh showed some fantastic skill and a remarkable turn of pace to go past several Eagles' defenders before sliding the ball into the bottom corner.

Bournemouth were more threatening after the half time interval and grabbed the lead in the 57th minute as Afobe scored his third goal in as many games.

Ritchie forced a fantastic diving save out of Hennessey, but it proved to be for nothing as the young English striker reacted quickest to the rebound to head home and put his side 2-1 ahead.

Palace pushed forward to find an equaliser but were predictably impotent up front. Adebayor was introduced immediately after Afobe's goal, but failed to make an impact until the 92nd minute when he was played in by a brilliant Zaha pass, but the Togolese striker could not hit the target and the Cherries ran out 2-1 winners on the night.