Bournemouth beat Palace after late Kluivert winner

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Bournemouth are unbeaten in the Premier League since 24 February when they lost 1-0 at home to Manchester City

Bournemouth's impressive run continued as substitute Justin Kluivert's goal against Crystal Palace earned his team a fourth win in five games.

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace - Figure 1
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Kluivert fired beyond Dean Henderson after fellow substitute Antoine Semenyo out-muscled David Ozoh to tee-up his team-mate for the goal.

The game, played in wet and windy conditions, looked to be heading for a goalless conclusion at Vitality Stadium.

Philip Billing had a header tipped on to the bar by Henderson while at the other end Eberechi Eze's goal celebrations were cut short by an offside flag after the Palace player had finished from six yards.

But Kluivert's 79th-minute winner proved the difference and lifted his side up to 11th in the table.

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Bournemouth find themselves in an unfamiliar but very welcome position of being all but safe eight games from the end of Andoni Iraola's impressive first season in charge.

Billionaire club owner Bill Foley said in December he is confident the club can qualify for Europe within five years and that they should take inspiration from Brighton.

The Cherries, who have already surpassed last season's tally of 39 points, are certainly moving in the right direction.

They are seven points behind sixth-placed Manchester United and are eyeing a top-half Premier League finish for only the second time.

On a dreadful night weather-wise on the south coast, Bournemouth had to wait until late in the game to get the winner.

Henderson, deputising for injured first-choice keeper Sam Johnstone, had already produced a fine save to keep out Billing's header while Lloyd Kelly headed another great chance wide.

The closest Dominic Solanke came to adding to his 16 Premier League goals was when he fired into the side netting in the second half.

But Netherlands forward Kluivert sent fans home happy after great work by Semenyo.

Five of Bournemouth's remaining eight games are away from home, including tough-looking matches at title-chasing Arsenal and Champions League hopefuls Aston Villa.

They are unlikely to hold much fear for Iraola's side, who are building confidence and momentum with an unbeaten Premier League run that stretches back to 24 February.

Familiar pattern for Palace

Four months have passed since Crystal Palace supporters booed their own players off the pitch after a 2-0 home defeat by Bournemouth while an object was launched by a fan in the direction of then-manager Roy Hodgson.

Palace have won just three Premier League matches since then - losing seven - while they have replaced Hodgson with Oliver Glasner.

With Joel Ward making his 300th top-flight appearance for the club, the Eagles were on their way to securing a hard-earned point when they conceded another late winner.

It has been a familiar pattern all season. Palace led 1-0 at Aston Villa back in September before letting in three late goals. As recently as 9 March they had to make do with a point at home to Luton after conceding in the 96th minute.

Palace remain eight points above the relegation zone but it is now just one win in eight, with a tough match at home to Treble-chasing Manchester City coming up on Saturday (12:30 BST).

Player of the match

ChristieRyan Christie

with an average of 7.54

Squad number10Player nameChristie

Squad number9Player nameSolanke

Squad number24Player nameSemenyo

Squad number26Player nameÜnal

Squad number19Player nameKluivert

Squad number27Player nameZabarnyi

Squad number37Player nameAarons

Squad number14Player nameScott

Squad number4Player nameL Cook

Squad number3Player nameKerkez

Squad number5Player nameKelly

Squad number11Player nameOuattara

Squad number29Player nameBilling

Squad number1Player nameNeto

Squad number16Player nameTavernier

Squad number15Player nameA Smith

Crystal Palace

Squad number20Player nameA Wharton

Squad number10Player nameEze

Squad number14Player nameMateta

Squad number30Player nameHenderson

Squad number8Player nameLerma

Squad number12Player nameMuñoz

Squad number16Player nameAndersen

Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

Squad number19Player nameHughes

Squad number3Player nameMitchell

Squad number2Player nameWard

Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

Squad number52Player nameOzoh

Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

Line-ups
Bournemouth

Formation 4-3-3

1Neto15A SmithSubstituted forAaronsat 90'minutes4L Cook27Zabarnyi5KellyBooked at 90mins10Christie14ScottSubstituted forSemenyoat 45'minutesBooked at 68mins29BillingSubstituted forKluivertat 64'minutes16TavernierBooked at 63mins9SolankeSubstituted forÜnalat 90'minutes11OuattaraSubstituted forKerkezat 63'minutesSubstitutes3Kerkez8Faivre18Adams19Kluivert23Hill24Semenyo26Ünal37Aarons42Travers
Crystal Palace

Formation 3-4-3

30Henderson2Ward16AndersenBooked at 35mins8Lerma12Muñoz20A WhartonSubstituted forÉdouardat 86'minutes19HughesBooked at 59minsSubstituted forOzohat 70'minutes3Mitchell10Eze14Mateta9J AyewSubstituted forSchluppat 70'minutesSubstitutes5Tomkins15Schlupp17Clyne22Édouard29Ahamada31Matthews52Ozoh55Umeh-Chibueze61Mathurin
Match Stats
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Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Crystal Palace 0.

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Crystal Palace 0.

Attempt missed. Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Milos Kerkez.

Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth).

Odsonne Édouard (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Justin Kluivert (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Enes Ünal.

Foul by Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace).

Enes Ünal (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Max Aarons replaces Adam Smith.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Enes Ünal replaces Dominic Solanke.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Bournemouth).

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Odsonne Édouard replaces Adam Wharton.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Daniel Muñoz.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dean Henderson.

Attempt saved. Antoine Semenyo (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Milos Kerkez.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.

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