Bournemouth beat Palace after late Kluivert winner

Philip Billing's header is tipped onto the bar by Dean Henderson

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

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.

Cherries moving in right direction

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.

More to follow.

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AFC Bournemouth

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameNeto

    Average rating

    6.42

  2. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

    Average rating

    6.35

  3. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

    Average rating

    6.83

  4. Squad number27Player nameZabarnyi

    Average rating

    7.00

  5. Squad number5Player nameKelly

    Average rating

    6.60

  6. Squad number10Player nameChristie

    Average rating

    7.46

  7. Squad number14Player nameScott

    Average rating

    6.88

  8. Squad number29Player nameBilling

    Average rating

    6.52

  9. Squad number16Player nameTavernier

    Average rating

    6.36

  10. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

    Average rating

    7.42

  11. Squad number11Player nameOuattara

    Average rating

    6.61

Substitutes

  1. Squad number3Player nameKerkez

    Average rating

    6.59

  2. Squad number19Player nameKluivert

    Average rating

    7.05

  3. Squad number24Player nameSemenyo

    Average rating

    7.11

  4. Squad number26Player nameÜnal

    Average rating

    7.23

  5. Squad number37Player nameAarons

    Average rating

    7.11

Crystal Palace

Starting XI

  1. Squad number30Player nameHenderson

    Average rating

    6.01

  2. Squad number2Player nameWard

    Average rating

    5.57

  3. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

    Average rating

    5.91

  4. Squad number8Player nameLerma

    Average rating

    5.96

  5. Squad number12Player nameMuñoz

    Average rating

    5.96

  6. Squad number20Player nameA Wharton

    Average rating

    7.12

  7. Squad number19Player nameHughes

    Average rating

    5.82

  8. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

    Average rating

    5.76

  9. Squad number10Player nameEze

    Average rating

    6.75

  10. Squad number14Player nameMateta

    Average rating

    6.10

  11. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

    Average rating

    5.95

Substitutes

  1. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

    Average rating

    5.49

  2. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

    Average rating

    4.84

  3. Squad number52Player nameOzoh

    Average rating

    5.03

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Neto
  • 15A SmithSubstituted forAaronsat 90′minutes
  • 4L Cook
  • 27Zabarnyi
  • 5KellyBooked at 90mins
  • 10Christie
  • 14ScottSubstituted forSemenyoat 45′minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 29BillingSubstituted forKluivertat 64′minutes
  • 16TavernierBooked at 63mins
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forÜnalat 90′minutes
  • 11OuattaraSubstituted forKerkezat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kerkez
  • 8Faivre
  • 18Adams
  • 19Kluivert
  • 23Hill
  • 24Semenyo
  • 26Ünal
  • 37Aarons
  • 42Travers

Crystal Palace

Formation 3-4-3

  • 30Henderson
  • 2Ward
  • 16AndersenBooked at 35mins
  • 8Lerma
  • 12Muñoz
  • 20A WhartonSubstituted forÉdouardat 86′minutes
  • 19HughesBooked at 59minsSubstituted forOzohat 70′minutes
  • 3Mitchell
  • 10Eze
  • 14Mateta
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forSchluppat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Tomkins
  • 15Schlupp
  • 17Clyne
  • 22Édouard
  • 29Ahamada
  • 31Matthews
  • 52Ozoh
  • 55Umeh-Chibueze
  • 61Mathurin

Referee:
Graham Scott

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Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Crystal Palace 0.