Roy Hodgson believed Mamadou Sakho was unfortunate to be dismissed but could not hide his delight after Crystal Palace bounced back to earn a victory that sent them to fifth in the table.
A wonderful solo goal by Jeffrey Schlupp in the second half proved the difference. Palace were down to 10 men for most of the game, when Sakho was dismissed for a foul on Adam Smith, but Hodgson, the Palace manager, felt there was little untoward in the tackle.
“I thought there was no malice in the challenge,” he said. “It was a fierce challenge. There was a time in football when those challenges were part and parcel of the game.
“These days refs have to take into account the degree of aggression in the challenge, and it was a strong, aggressive challenge.
“But you do feel hard done by because it was a ball there to be won, and it was a brave and strong challenge from Mamadou. We had to play with 10 for a long period.”
The red card and single goal was a disappointing contrast to the last time the two sides met at Selhurst Park, which finished 5-3 to the hosts on the final day of last season.
The home side had the bulk of the early possession, with Bournemouth apparently content to soak up their pressure. However, Palace were reduced to 10 men after 20 minutes when Sakho went in studs-up on Smith, a decision confirmed by the video assistant referee, but which left home fans aggrieved for thinking 28-year-old Smith had exaggerated the contact.
Palace were then further weakened, this time through injury, when Patrick van Aanholt limped off the field after 29 minutes, to be replaced by Schlupp. Despite the drama elsewhere on the field, neither side fashioned a genuine attempt on goal.
The second half saw more intent from Bournemouth, but Palace remained a threat, especially through the pace of Wilfried Zaha, who was denied a penalty after 70 minutes when his legs tangled with Chris Mepham – although television replays suggested the defender did not get the ball.
The goal the game so desperately needed came after 76 minutes, with a rare moment of quality. Schlupp, who netted against Burnley last weekend, took the ball from just inside the Bournemouth half and ran at a retreating defence into the penalty area, where he unleashed a firm finish past Aaron Ramsdale.
“I was absolutely delighted with the performance,” Hodgson said. “With 10 men, they stood their ground against a team who were asking lots of questions and maintained their shape and discipline.
“We were still putting pressure on their players, stopping crosses and asking questions of them. I’m really proud of the team’s performance, really pleased for them, and they deserve a lot of credit.”
Ramsdale was called into action four minutes after the goal, when he tipped over a James McArthur effort. One goal was enough for Palace, who inflicted a fourth league defeat in a row on their opponents.
With games against Liverpool and Chelsea to come for Bournemouth, Eddie Howe, their manager, admitted their form is a concern.
“The feeling coming off is probably as low as I’ve ever been as Bournemouth manager,” he said. “When you’re in my shoes, you’re looking at what your team’s delivering and what you’ve worked on, and that’s why that hurts so much.
“I have to take ultimate responsibility for what we’ve seen tonight. I’m devastated by the result and the way we played. We have two really tough games to come, but you have to rise to those challenges.”
Premier League table as it stands
Post-match stats from Opta
- Crystal Palace have won consecutive Premier League games without conceding a goal in both matches for the first time since August 2018.
- Bournemouth have lost four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2018.
- Since their promotion to the Premier League in 2015-16, Bournemouth have seen their opponents pick up 19 red cards, six more than any other side.
- Crystal Palace received their first Premier League red card since Wilfried Zaha was sent off against Southampton in January.
- Bournemouth have lost their last six Premier League games in London, conceding 20 goals in the process. The Cherries had lost just one of their previous six in the capital prior to this run (W3 D2).
- Since the start of last season, Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma has picked 19 yellow cards in the Premier League, more than any other player.
- Crystal Palace scored with their first shot on target of the game, on 76 minutes.
- Crystal Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp has scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time ever (142 apps, 10 goals).
Roy Hodgson post-match
One of the things we were anxious not to do was to drop off, back off and let them come at us waver after wave.
We wanted to keep the pressure on. We started the match well, pressuring them well, but when you lose a man you have to be careful, we didn't attack the defence quite as high.
But, even towards the end of the game, I thought we were still quite dangerous.
I don't think we have a lack of confidence, but we won't be getting carried away with that fifth place. I'm not worried about that, I just want us to stay ahead of the curve.
We could have lost this game quite easily without playing badly or lacking confidence. Football does that sometimes.
The dice wasn't rolled in our favour today, but we stole the dice and turned it around.
Man of the match Jordan Ayew
I knew it was going to be a difficult game when we got the red card. But credit to the boys, who worked really hard.
I'm happy for Jeffrey Schlupp because if it wasn't for him we wouldn't have won this game.
But it was a great performance and we deserved the win.
Match-winner Jeffrey Schlupp, adds:
We had to keep calm, we knew it was going to be a tough task but we tried to win the game, not just sit back, and we managed to.
Full-time: Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 0
Mepham can't get on the end of a long ball, Kelly ushering it out for a goal kick, and that is that.
What a win that is for Palace, who showed real grit. They went down to 10 men in the 19th minute, but still managed to secure the three points.
Four defeats on the trot for Bournemouth, with Liverpool and Chelsea the next two to come.
90+3 min: Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 0
Bournemouth come back with time running out, but Ayew is back to save the day, nut-megging Francis in the process.
The Cherries then take out their frustration in defence, conceding two quick free-kicks, allowing Palace to run the ball into the corner. Zaha is offside, though, so one last chance for Bournemouth to launch something downfield.
Ayew has been named as man of the match.
90 min: Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 0
Bournemouth have not been able to deal with Zaha and Schlupp in this second half, and they're in behind again here.
Schlupp makes a run beyond his striker, the latter holding up the ball well, to receive a through ball when in behind.
No one can get on the end of his cross, but I can't see Palace caring too much, a few more seconds wasted. Four minutes of stoppage time to come.
87 min: Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 0
Lerma unleashes a long-range shot and it does trouble Guaita! He has to get down low to his right, the ball bouncing just in front, and Kelly clears his parry for a corner.
Mepham is whistled for a high boot in the area from the resulting cross and Palace survive.
Three minutes of normal time to go.
85 min: Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 0
McArthur is booked as Bournemouth looked to build a purposeful attack.
Palace with 10 men behind the ball now, all hands to the pump to keep hold of the three points.
But it's sluggish from Bournemouth again. Palace harry them and clear with ease.
82 min: Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 0
Bournemouth are pushing for an equaliser here, but it really hasn't gone for them tonight. They haven't fired many shots.
Wilson puts a searching ball into the box that Francis tidies up on the other end, but Milivojevic and McArthur repel the Bournemouth advances determinedly.
79 min: Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 0
Milivojevic curls a free-kick into box, after Billing is booked for a silly foul.
What a cracker that would have been, McArthur having a go from 30 yards out. But it's straight down the middle of the goal, and Ramsdale is able to tip it over the bar.
Billing heads the corner away and Bournemouth counter.
What a goal from Schlupp for Palace.
It opened up for him, after he got hold of the ball 30 yards out. He travels with the ball into the area, slaloming as he goes, and puts a firm, left-footed shot across the face of goal to put 10-man Palace 1-0 up.
Ramsdale could and should have done better, but his defence didn't help; no one put a challenge in.,
76 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
And it could have been for Bournemouth after a calamitous moment from Kouyate.
He is caught in possession by Solanke, who gets himself in on goal, but he opts to cross rather than have a shot and Palace get back in numbers to clear.
That was a massive moment and I can't believe Solanke didn't have a shot on goal.
74 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Fraser takes the ball to the byline on the left, and floats in a ball that's well punched away by Guaita.
Wilson has a pop following the punch, but Schlupp blocks well.
Something is building here, but I don't quite know what, or who for. It looks like there might be a winner, but I've got no idea who it's going to be for.
72 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Zaha breaks away - he's having a great half- and he's one-on-one with Mepham in the box, and he hits the deck quicker than you can say 'goalless draw' following a slight shove. A massive shout for a penalty, but waved away by referee Taylor.
VAR agrees, too.
McCarthy and Milivojevic both receive yellow cards in quick succession, however, for Palace, as Bournemouth come back on the counter.
It's got a bit frantic now.
69 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Zaha gets in behind again with some delightful skill on the left, and he puts a searching ball across goal, avoiding all defenders, but it avoids all attackers too.
Bournemouth head back down the other end but Fraser's ball is poor. Bournemouth look rattled!
67 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Fraser gets to the by-line and chips into the box., but there's no one there for Bournemouth, and Schlupp clears.
Lerma is then booked as Zaha tries to escape on the counter, the Bournemouth midfielder receiving his seventh (yes seventh!) yellow card of the season. It's his 19th Premier League yellow card, and he only joined the league in August 2018.
65 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Zaha plays a silky ball down the line to McArthur but, when the Palace striker receives the ball back, his attempted cross to Ayew has far too much on it, coasting out for a goal kick.
Still, all things considered, Palace won't be too unhappy. Down to 10 men for most of the match, they seemed to have weathered an early second-half Bournemouth storm.
But more worries for Hodgson - Kelly is down injured. He seems OK though, but another defensive casualty would be catastrophic for Palace.
63 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
More patient build-up from Bournemouth, but they are forced to start again from deep after a punchy hack downfield from Palace.
Zaha is tripped by Solanke as he looked to counter, working back well for Palace, and the Bournemouth striker is booked.
Bournemouth changes: Rico is replaced by Francis, while Danjuma makes way for Fraser.
60 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Zaha gets away from Ake on the attack for Palace but, after feeding Ayew, the latter cannot get past Smith.
Palace remain on the attack, but they can't keep hold of the ball in the final third, an attack ending emphatically when Ayew fouls Lerma.
57 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Guaita nails a goal kick out on the full - this half's energy seems to have plateaued slightly.
Bournemouth seem more than content to knock the ball around the halfway line, waiting patiently for their time to strike.
H Wilson looks inject fizz into the Bournemouth attack - Danjuma too - but Palace are currently sitting with 10 behind the ball.
But Lerma finds Solanke in the box with a scything through ball, but Kelly is able to clear.
53 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Ayew runs frighteningly at Billing, with the Bournemouth defender only able to stab the ball out for a corner.
Ayew shrugs off Smith at the front post, too, to find space for a header, but he can't wrap his head around it and it rockets wide for a Bournemouth goal kick.
50 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
All Bournemouth now - Howe must have really given them some hairdryer at half-time.
Rico wins a corner on the left, which Lerma attacks, Palace captain Milivojevic managing to punch the ball away for a throw-in. Palace hang on though, and Guaita clears from a goal-kick.
47 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Bournemouth look sharper at the start of the second period - and there's an immediate chance!
They move the ball from side-to-send on the edge of the Palace box, with H Wilson flashing a ball across goal attempting to find C Wilson, but Kelly gets the finest of touches to knock the ball away.
If Kelly hadn't have got there, that would have been 1-0 without a doubt.
Palace are making a change, with McCarthy coming on in place of Townsend.
They've used two of their substitutions already now. Will that hurt them later in the match?
Red card magnets
19 - Since their promotion to the Premier League in 2015-16 , Bournemouth have seen their opponents pick up 19 red cards, six more than any other side. Dismissal. #CRYBOU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 3, 2019
Half-time: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Sakho's 19-minute red card the only thing of note in a quite dismal half about which Palace will be the happier.
They were the better side until the sending off and arguable continued as such even when down to 10 men, despite a slight Bournemouth resurgence.
The Cherries, on the other hand, have been turgid, inaccurate and meek. Eddie Howe will be hoping for a second-half reaction.
45 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
This has been pretty dreary, and no doubt that Hodgson will be he happier of the two managers as half-time approaches.
The Bournemouth fans are now in full voice, desperately trying to inject some energy into their side.
Sakho has become the first Crystal Palace player to receive a red card this Premier League season. The last Palace player to be sent off in a top flight match was Wilfried Zaha in a 1-1 draw at Southampton on January 30.
43 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
A pretty poor period in the match, with neither team really managing to grab it by the scruff of the neck. Both teams must have given away possession four times each
Bournemouth are lacking urgency and dynamism, while Palace are lacking a full complement of players - that's not exactly a perfect storm for ruthless, attacking football.
Billing is lucky to avoid a booking, too, as his arm clatters into the face of Ayew as they both challenge for a long ball.
40 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
There's a chance for Bournemouth and he should do better.
Danjuma causes problems down the left again, linking up with Solanke on the edge of the box.
The Bournemouth striker puts it on a plate for Billing, with loads of time, on the edge of the box. But his shot is docile, and straight at Guaita.
38 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
There's a huge shout for handball, with Townsend attempting to nail a cross into the Bournemouth box, but the referee is unflustered, pointing for a Palace corner.
Milivojevic delivers two fantastic corners back-to-back: the first is a feather away from the head of Kouyate, Mepham defending superbly; and the second beats everyone, allowing Bournemouth to clear.
There was real attacking intent from Palace there. Kelly even found himself in the box before the corner.
36 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Palace seem to have rallied since that Sakho sending-off, but they're not having to work too hard to stop quite a static Bournemouth from getting in behind.
Milivojevic defends Solanke superbly, with the Bournemouth striker only able to let the ball scuttle out for a goal kick.
33 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Billing lets out some frustration, quite foolishly, with a shoulder to the back of Ayew, kicking the ball away for good measure. No booking for Billing, however.
Palace whip a cross into the box - it's a piercing ball, straight down that horrible corridor between keeper and defence, with pace - and Kouyate is a whisker away from getting on the end of it, with Ramsdale just managing to punch clear.
30 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Van Aanholt has gone off, with Schlupp poised to replace him. Roy Hodgson is having to think on his feet here.
But Palace - who are currently with nine men because Schlupp hasn't yet entered the fray - nearly strike with some more shaky Bournemouth defending in their own box. Billing has a nervy few minutes as Zaha nearly intercepts a back pass to Ramsdale. Schlupp finally gets on.
Mamadou Sakho, now the answer to the forthcoming pub quiz question - who was the first player to be sent off live on Amazon Prime?
27 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Bournemouth have really upped the tempo here and you would have to say that they're on top now.
But that won't please Eddie Howe: Danjuma, who's had a bright opening, looks to go round Tomkins but his touch is too firm, the ball rolling out for a goal kick.
Hang on, Van Aanholt is down now injured for Palace. He's shaking his head, intimating that it's his hamstring. The physio is on, but if he can't continue then it's real panic stations for Palace having just had a defender red-carded.
23 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Danjuma is caught late by Milivojevic on the edge of the Palace box, and Billing whips the free-kick into the box.
Palace make a meal of clearing it, but there's a handball from Rico so Palace survive.
Palace's win probability - according to Opta - has dropped 8 per cent since the start of the match following that sending-off. It's now at 40.
A nightmare for Palace.
Sakho has just flung himself into Smith, catching his left knee, studs up, high, as he tried to clip a bouncing ball. He gets some of the ball, and maybe a few years ago that would have been yellow, but his follow-through was nasty and he is sent walking by Anthony Taylor.
C Wilson was looking sharp anyway, despite the fact that Palace arguably started better. The home side's challenge to avoid a fourth straight home defeat just got much tougher.
18 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Zaha probes again down the left, but he is a touch selfish at the minute in honesty. Two occasions now he's looked to take on the world himself when an easy pass would have found a teammate in a better position.
Palace continue to look comfortable in attack, however, with Zaha and Ayew causing trouble on the left, but the former cannot control Kelly's return cross, and Bournemouth clear.
15 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
C Wilson gets in behind Sakho following a delicate long ball.
He tees up Lerma just outside the Palace box, but his shot is well blocked, trickling out for a corner. Palace head the corner away, with Zaha fouled by Lerma as he looked to counter.
13 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Billing heads the corner away and Bournemouth clear. They are, however, struggling to maintain possession and Palace come straight back. That is until Zaha is caught, but Lerma's ball is a touch too long and Guaita can collect.
Bournemouth come back, but Wilson is penalised for a tug on Sakho while he had the Palace defender under serious pressure.
10 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
McArthur's effort is speculative from the edge of the box, and it was never really troubling 'keeper Ramsdale.
There's a bit of a communication mix-up in the goal-kick clearance from Bournemouth, too, with Zaha putting the Bournemouth goalkeeper under pressure.
Townsend finds Zaha in the box with a gorgeous ball and, while Zaha makes a bit of a meal of the build-up play, he does win a corner for Palace.
7 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Palace look momentarily shaky at the back, with Danjuma once again proving a nuisance, but Sakho does eventually clear and Palace look to counter. Tomkins plays a lovely ball to Zaha, but the attack stalls following some good defence from Bournemouth on their right.
Ayew and Van Aanholt with some lovely one-two touch play around the box, winning a corner for Palace.
4 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Bournemouth look to establish themselves in the match with an attack down the left. It's promising, with Danjuma looking dangerous and earning a throw-in, followed by a corner, but it's wasted - not beating the first man - and Palace clear.
Palace are yet to score in the first 15 minutes of a match this season. Bournemouth, conversely, have scored five in that season since the season's opening.
2 min: Crystal Palace 0 Bournemouth 0
Townsend finds some space in the Bournemouth box, with Zaha and McCarthur combining neatly in the build-up.
Mepham fouls Ayew following the Bournemouth clearance, giving Palace a free-kick in a dangerous position. It comes to nothing though, as Milivojevic nails it over the bar.
Crystal Palace to get us underway at a dry but chilly Selhurst Park.
Kick-off in under 10 minutes
And a reminder, Palace go fifth with a win, and Bournemouth will more than likely go ninth with three points, but could possibly reach as high as seventh.
Palace haven't won at home in three, and Bournemouth haven't won home or away in three. Will the rot stop for one of these teams tonight?
An historic moment for the Premier League, as the Amazon Prime coverage begins.
But, if the dulcet tones of Michael Owen are not to your fancy, then why not read JJ Bull's list of the Premier League's top 20 players in November.
Hold onto your hats...
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Crystal Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt, Townsend, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha, Ayew. Subs: Hennessey, Schlupp, Benteke, Wickham, McCarthy, Camarasa, Riedewald.
AFC Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Smith, Mepham, Ake, Rico, Harry Wilson, Billing, Lerma, Danjuma, Solanke, Callum Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Francis, Gosling, Lewis Cook, Stacey, Fraser, Simpson.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
- Crystal Palace have lost three successive home league games - against Manchester City, Leicester and Liverpool. They were previously unbeaten in six home matches (W3, D3).
- Manager Roy Hodgson has never lost four successive Premier League home fixtures during his career.
- The Eagles have scored just five home league goals in seven matches since they beat Bournemouth 5-3 at Selhurst Park last term.
- A league-low 12 goals have been scored at Selhurst Park this term.
- Palace have won only one of their last nine post-7pm kick-offs in the Premier League (D2, L6).
- Wilfried Zaha has scored in successive league games, after a run of 13 without a goal.
- Bournemouth have suffered three straight league defeats.
- They have lost each of their last six Premier League away fixtures in December, by an aggregate score of 19-2.
- The Cherries are winless in their past four away games in all competitions (D1, L3), scoring just once.
- Eddie Howe's side have kept only one clean sheet in eight away league fixtures.
- Harry Wilson has scored three goals in his past two away games.
Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of Bournemouth's trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace, who currently sit one spot above them in the Premier League table. A win for Palace tonight, however, will leave them in fifth place in the table, with many games still to take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week. A win for Bournemouth will more than likely leave them eighth ahead of the rest of the week's fixtures.
It's an historic night, too, for the Premier League itself. This match is the first Premier League fixture to be streamed on Amazon Prime. All 10 games this week are available to watch live on Amazon, who will also broadcast the Boxing Day games; this week marks the first time a whole round has been available live in the UK, and the first time a streaming platform has had the rights.
You will need Amazon Prime membership, which allows you to watch Amazon Prime Video. You can take advantage of the 30-day free trial, however, and any pub that offers BT Sport will also be screening the games, after Amazon struck a deal with BT.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace defenders Gary Cahill and Scott Dann remain sidelined through injury while Joel Ward is also out for the rest of the calendar year.
Simon Francis and Philip Billing are back from suspension for Bournemouth, but Eddie Howe's team are still without Josh King, Andrew Surman and Lloyd Kelly. David Brooks is a long-term absentee.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson was full of praise for Bournemouth's Eddie Howe in the week:
“All the things you would want to see in your team, he has produced that for the Bournemouth owners and fans.
“I’d be very surprised if his name isn’t linked with other jobs when they come up.
“It might not be as easy for him to leave Bournemouth because I don’t think the Bournemouth people would be delighted to see him go.
“But the fact there are people out there who look at him and what he does with his club and say ‘this is a good manager, this might be someone we would like’ that doesn’t surprise me one bit.”
Bournemouth have one win in eight Premier League games while Palace have lost their last three at home - although those defeats were against Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester. In the head-to-head, however, Bournemouth are a whisker ahead: they have won 29 matches between the two sides, to Palace's 24, with 19 draws.