Bournemouth 0 – 0 Crystal Palace

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Review by William George Eldridge

Bellies stuffed with Turkey, paper hats threaded thin, it was the turn of the Barclays Premiership to entertain the footballing faithful. Normally a South Coast Premiership battle would involve Southampton, or a few years previous plucky Portsmouth; but it was Bournemouth who were to entertain Pardew’s Palace, with both teams on high form.

Palace entered the match with two key players absent through injury. Both Yannick Bolasie and Conner Wickham sat on the side lines, with a rumoured one month spell out, in poorly timed injuries going into the hectic Christmas period. Bournemouth however, had high hopes of continuing their fine attacking form, coming into the game with victories against both reigning champions Chelsea and Manchester United.

The first challenge for Crystal Palace was getting over the shock of seeing Glenn Murray in the red and black stripes of Bournemouth, with the former Eagle still holding a firm and loveable place in the entirety of the Palace collective.

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The match begun and the sides took to the game. Alan Pardew’s Palace side started quick paced and with intent as Bournemouth’s Simon Francis cleared Damien Delaney’s goal bound shot clear off the line. After 15 minutes of possession, the tide quickly turned in favour of the hosts.

Bournemouth recovered well and bombed forward with a cross into the box, narrowly missing the pouncing Glenn Murray, finding the quick footed Matt Ritchie who headed wide at a close range.

With Crystal Palace’s Frazier Campbell offering little threat up front, it was hard to see where the Eagles were going to get their goals from. They also lost their way with possession, and duly made the decision to put a half fit Yohan Cabaye on at halftime to try and retain the ball and advance with steady and direct attacking play.

In front of the back four, Palace’s Scottish mastermind James McArthur was excellent, making numerous tackles and winning possession on nine occasions – more than anyone else on the pitch.

Likewise, both Scouse Scott Dann and Irishman Damien Delaney were giving outstanding performances in containing a clean sheet. Former Palace striker Glenn Murray was nullified until he was finally substituted, thus ending the fears of the Palace faithful of a present legend scoring and breaking South London hearts

Despite end to end action, with both teams setting up to find the win, the game almost inevitably came to a quick end at a scoreless 0-0 draw. A draw was a fair result in a match in which both teams enjoyed spells of superiority, but in truth this was a disappointing encounter as two of the division’s form teams struggled to carve out clear-cut chances.

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