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Sakho error gifts Bournemouth the points

Pin Sakho cost Palace the points at the end of the game. AFP
Sakho cost Palace the points at the end of the game. AFP

Sakho error gifts Bournemouth the points

Simon Green by Simon Green @besoccer_com - 0 1,892

Mamdou Sakho gave away a needless penalty in the dying minutes of the match against Bournemouth to gift the home team a 2-1 win.

This game was too close to call before kick-off, with both teams looking of similar strength on paper, even if the home side have been in better form so far this campaign.

The home side could not have had a better start to the game, as they saw themselves go 1-0 up within just five minutes.

Calum Wilson held up the ball well, and managed to pick out young midfielder David Brooks. He joined the 'Cherries' over the summer and was highly-rated, and showed exactly why, as he confidently stroked the ball in to the top-left hand corner on his favoured left foot to get his first Premier League goal and his team's first of the night.

As the first half progressed, neither side could get any clear chances on goal. The best that either side could muster were tame efforts straight at the goalkeeper from set pieces. 

One noticeable absentee from the action was Wilfired Zaha, arguably the most talented attacking player on the pitch, who was nowhere to be seen as he was excellently dealt with by the centre-back pairing of Simon Francis and Nathan Ake.

The second half started with a lot more attacking thrust from Roy Hodgson's men, and they were rewarded soon enough with an equalising goal.

Zaha was lucky to keep control of the ball after he fell over momentarily, and when he regained his balance he was able to pick out a run from Patrick Van Aanholt, who cut back inside and smashed the ball in to the roof of the net from just inside the box.

After the goal from Palace, Bournemouth really got back in to the game, and had several chances to retake their lead, including a golden opportunity missed by Callum Wilson, who was one-on-one with Wayne Hennesey but could only direct his shot straight at the goalkepper.

Bournemouth didn't lose faith that they could get something from the game, and managed to win a free-kick in a promising position on the right side of the box.

As the ball was swung in referee Mike Riley noticed Mamadou Sakho needlessly make contact with Jefferson Lerma's face with a stray arm, giving the 'Cherries' a chance to knick it at the end from the penalty spot.

Junior Stanislas dult stood up to take the kick, and chipped it in to the middle of the goal to give the home side the three points.

Roy Hodgson will be furoius with how the game was thrown away in the dying seconds, but Eddie Howe will feel that it was nothing more than his home team deserved after the flurry of chances they created as the second half went on.

Simon Green

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