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Palace Grab Late Equaliser Against Bournemouth

Scott Dann’s injury-time equaliser gave Crystal Palace their first point of the season against Bournemouth.

The Eagles looked like falling to a third successive defeat before Dann headed home Jason Puncheon’s cross to give them a deserved leveller.

Josh King gave the visitors an early lead when he finished well from Harry Arter’s pass.

Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye saw a penalty well saved by Artur Boruc in the first half.

Christian Benteke was pulled back on the edge of the area but Cabaye put his spot kick too close to the Polish keeper.

Both teams remain winless in the league this season.

Benteke needs time

Crystal Palace gave a Premier League debut to £27m-signing Benteke. The Belgian had scored on his Premier League debuts for both Aston Villa and Liverpool but could not make it a hat-trick on Saturday.

In truth, it was a mixed afternoon for the big striker.

He won the first half penalty and will possibly feel aggrieved that Cabaye refused to let him take it – having asked to do so – before the Frenchman saw his kick saved.

He had little influence thereafter in a first 45 minutes that was dominated by Bournemouth.

Team-mate Damien Delaney said in midweek that Palace “had not signed Lionel Messi” and that Benteke would need good service to thrive.

The Belgian had two chances in the second half. First he headed over after attacking Puncheon’s corner with real conviction and then he fired over in the final minutes after bringing the ball down well on the edge of the area.

Fortunately for him Dann, who had been made an auxiliary striker for the final minutes, came to Palace’s rescue with a bullet header in the final minute of stoppage time.

Alan Pardew knows it will take Benteke time to adapt to his new team-mates but with just one point and one goal in their first three games he will need his record signing to start firing after the international break.

Palace pressure eventually tells

Both teams came into this game desperate for points having lost their opening two games of the Premier League season.

Indeed Palace have won just two league games in the whole of 2016, while the Cherries are now winless in their last eight league matches.

Bournemouth had the better of the opening 45 minutes and possibly should have led by more at the break, with Callum Wilson guilty of a poor finish after being played in by goalscorer King.

However, the second half was a totally different case, with Palace piling on the pressure.

Arter cleared a Dann header off the line, Boruc saved magnificently from Lee Chung-yong and Connor Wickham smashed over when well-placed as the Eagles threw everything at the visitors.

It looked like Eddie Howe’s men were going to hold out but ultimately a quality ball from Puncheon proved to be their undoing.

The stats you need to know

Palace have now failed to win 20 of their 22 games in 2016. (W2 D6 L14).

Yohan Cabaye has missed his last two Premier League penalties, having scored all of his four previous penalties.

Scott Dann has scored more Premier League goals than any other defender since the start of 2015-16 (6).

Artur Boruc has saved the last three penalties he has faced in the Premier League.

The Cherries have won only one of their last 11 Premier League games (D2 L8).

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