Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth: Super-sub Schlupp proves the difference

Ross Houston
December 4, 2019

Jeffrey Schlupp's strike proved decisive as 10-man Crystal Palace defeated Bournemouth 1-0 to rise up to fifth in the Premier League.

But Van Aanholt's replacement Schlupp - who scored in Saturday's 2-0 win at Burnley - was ultimately the difference, as he struck home at the culmination of a fine run in the 76th minute.

The Eagles fought valiantly for more than 70 minutes with ten men after Mamadou Sakho was presented with a straight red card on his return to the Palace starting line-up, with referee Anthony Taylor giving the French his marching scorers for a formidable challenge to Adam Smith.

Asked if the squad can overcome injuries, Schlupp insisted: 'Yes definitely.

"All of a sudden we're asking Cheikhou Kouyate to go back and do a wonderful job, which he did".

'With myself having to drop in at left back, I have played there many a time so it is one of those things where you have to do what you have to do.

The Eagles, already without Gary Cahill, Scott Dann and Joel Ward in defence, then suffered another blow when Patrick van Aanholt hobbled off nine minutes later with a hamstring injury.

Wilfried Zaha found himself cast in his usual pantomime-villain role as Crystal Palace recorded a much-needed first win in six games and a first clean sheet in seven.

He admitted: 'I have just got to be ready when called upon and I feel like I'm doing that at the minute.

"Earlier on in the season I didn't think he was playing anywhere near as well as he should be and with a guy like Jeff Schlupp knocking on the door I thought it was the right time to put him in and give him a chance". He is the boss and what decision he makes is to try and win the game'.

'Circumstances obviously changed during the game which wasn't ideal but we stuck to our game plan, ' Schlupp added. We had to pick our moments but we managed to do that'.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has praised the professionalism of winger Andros Townsend. "We started the month off well and we hope to continue that".

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