Jeffrey Schlupp struck with 14 minutes remaining as 10-man Crystal Palace earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bournemouth to temporarily move up to fifth in the Premier League table.
Jack Rosser was at Selhurst Park to analyse the key talking points for Palace… Schlupp the saviour again
Without Bournemouth failing spectacularly to make their advantage count here, Palace were sensing an opportunity to take more than just a point despite having player more than an hour with 10 men.
Wilfried Zaha twice broke clear of the Cherries defence but did not have the numbers up with him to work an effort on Aaron Ramsdale’s goal after Andros Townsend had been withdrawn at the break.
Jordan Ayew too had a go at finding a way through but could do nothing. Palace looked as if they – despite being a man down – were wasting a chance to take a valuable three points at home until Jeffrey Schlupp stood up.
The former Leicester man, sent on here to cover Patrick van Aanholt at left back following his injury, is one of Hodgson’s most trusted lieutenants and is often singled out for praise by the manger for his role in the squad.
He’s perhaps not the most capable at left-back but is certainly sure on his feet going forward. Having despatched a fine finish at Burnley on Saturday, again from the bench, to relieve Palace of the pressure and secure a first win in six games, a fine driving run and finish across Ramsdale here snatched three unlikely points from Bournemouth and perhaps secured a place in the starting XI at Watford this weekend.
Roy Hodgson has spent all season cooing about just how blessed he has been with options at centre-back.
With the Palace manager facing shortages up front and either side of the back four, he has barely had to give a second’s thought to his options at the heart of defence, until now.
With Scott Dann and Gary Cahill both sidelined with ankle injuries, the latter having to wait on results of a scan this week to assess the damage done, Mamadou Sakho returned to the fold following his latest injury setback and was reunited with James Tomkins for all of 19 minutes.
The Frenchman was shown a straight red on just his third start of the season after a dangerous flying challenge on Bournemouth’s Adam Smith, leaving Hodgson with just two fit centre-backs.
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Source:: Daily Times