Crystal Palace kept pace with Swansea, but remain in the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
- Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 2
- Zaha hits post
- Dann opens scoring
- Benteke secures the win
An evenly contested affair between Bournemouth and Crystal Palace was decided by Scott Dann's 48th minute header and Christian Benteke's late strike, but it wasn't enough to see them move out of the relegation zone after Swansea City also won on the night.
The Eagles began the game well and almost took the lead less than four minutes into the game with Wilfried Zaha skinning two defenders before unluckily seeing his strike crash against the post.
A cagey first half was dominated by strong defending and poor midfield play, which resulted in plenty of ineffective long shots and very few clear-cut opportunities.
The action picked up after the break, with the visitors again beginning the better of the two sides.
This time they got their reward in the 48th minute as Damien Delaney whipped in a pin-point cross for Dann, who steered the ball into the bottom corner with a good header to put Palace ahead.
Joshua King almost responded for the hosts eight minutes later as he said his header inches over the bar.
Steve Cook went agonisingly close with a blistering long-range shot, but it flew narrowly wide of the post.
Jack Wilshere almost doubled his side's advantage in injury time, forcing a smart save out of Wayne Hennessey from a free kick, but the match was decided a minute later when Andros Townsend produced a lovely cross for Benteke to header his side into a 2-0 lead with seconds left on the clock.