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Palace wins match, loses two players for season

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Crystal Palace has a pall cast over its 2-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday, as the club has been dealt a serious blow with season-ending injuries to two players.

Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon, longtime servants of the club, have both suffered cruciate ligament injuries and manager Roy Hodgson says either could miss the start of next season, too.

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Puncheon 31, lost his starting spot after 10 matches but has 161 caps for the Eagles, while Dann, 30, has captained the club 10 times this season.

Here’s Hodgson on whether Palace will be active in the transfer market, knowing full well the Eagles saved their season with January additions of Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic last season (not simply hiring Sam Allardyce, believe it or not). From the BBC:

“It’s far too soon to say, we didn’t know until today that Scott had injured a cruciate ligament but the Chairman and Directors are keen to improve our squad to ensure we have what we need. Hopefully our performances have shown that if we get that backing it’ll make us even stronger in this run in.”

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth: Defoe scores beauty brace

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  • Defoe opens, closes first half scoring
  • Milivojevic, Dann score
  • Key saves from Begovic, Speroni

Christian Benteke missed a stoppage time penalty kick and Bournemouth held on for a point at Selhurst Park in a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Jermain Defoe‘s brace included a gorgeous finish, making amends for Luka Milivojevic and Scott Dann goals.

Palace remains 20th with 11 points, while Bournemouth is 14th with 16.

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A clever short corner caught Palace looking poor, with Defoe sprung all alone — by an illegal pick — near the penalty spot to bury a side-footed offering.

Palace was immediately ready to level, but a timely intervention stopped Mamadou Sakho at the goal line following fine work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Eagles leveled when Wilfried Zaha was chopped down in the box, and Milivojevic had no problem with his penalty attempt.

Dann used a Yohan Cabaye cross to make it 2-1, but only briefly as Defoe scored this wonder goal (top).

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Jordon Ibe snapped the game back into life in the 70th minute when he forced Julian Speroni into a diving parry.

And it was a hard foul that brought a different kind of vigor to the match, with Lewis Cook‘s sliding challenge on Zaha leading both players into yellow cards.

Asmir Begovic made a great reaction stop when Loftus-Cheek’s deflected effort teased the near post. An ensuing corner was toe-poked wide of the goal by Milivojevic.

Charlie Daniels then cut down Zaha, but Benteke remained ice cold with a poor penalty attempt which was saved by Begovic.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth: Afobe has Cherries pretty in pink

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  • 5 defeats in a row for Palace
  • Afobe nets winner
  • Cherries up to 15th

Benik Afobe keeps on rolling, as goals from the new Cherries man and Marc Pugh helped Bournemouth to a 2-1 comeback win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

Scott Dann scored for Palace, losers of five in-a-row. The Eagles sit 11th with 31 points, and 15th place Bournemouth is now within three points of Palace.

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Dann pushed the match open before halftime, when he was in prime position to deposit a great cross from Wilfried Zaha.

The Cherries equalized through Pugh, who cut one way and then the other inside the Palace box to make it 1-1 in the 34th minute.

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Then Benik Afobe continued his remarkable run, heading home for his third goal in as many games.

The 22-year-old failed to make a single appearance for the Gunners during five years as Arsenal property, but has netted thrice already since joining from Wolverhampton earlier this transfer window.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland: Defoe’s late goal wins all three points

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  • Defoe’s 4th PL goal of 2015-16
  • Sunderland 1 point from exiting relegation zone
  • Palace fail in bid to go 6th in PL

While the month of November tends to be a bit early for Sunderland to bother with winning games, and their points in threes, Sam Allardyce‘s bunch went away to Crystal Palace on Monday and grabbed a gigantic three points with a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park.

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The first half saw Allardyce deploy his troops in, essentially, a five-man backline in an attempt to funnel every Palace attack into the center of the field and limit the space in front of and behind the second-worst (26 goals conceded – Bournemouth, 27) defense in the Premier League. The tactical surprise worked just as Allardyce drew it up, to the tune of six Palace shots, with just two on target.

Palace’s first quality chance of the game came in the 35th minute, when Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie fired the ball back and forth across the face of goal from outside of either post. Zaha had an opportunity during the sequence to head the ball on target, but ultimately sent it well wide and back to an offside Bolasie.

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Sunderland began the second half a bit more on the front foot and created the game’s best chance through 50 minutes. Sebastian Coates rose above the crowd to head Sebastian Larsson‘s in-swinging corner kick toward the far post, but Yohan Cabaye was perfectly positioned to boot clear what would have been the game’s opening goal.

Jermain Defoe bagged the game’s only goal in the 80th minute, when he capitalized on an horrific error at the back by Scott Dann and Wayne Hennessey. Billy Jones played a through ball beyond Dann, but the Palace defender raced back and had every chance to pass the ball back to his goalkeeper or boot it clear. Instead, he shielded Defoe in hopes that Hennessey would take the initiative, which didn’t happen. Defoe raced around Dann, touched the ball around Hennessey and rolled it into a wide open net.

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Monday’s victory pushes Sunderland (9 points) in 18th in the PL, ahead of Bournemouth on goal differential, just one point behind their Tyne-and-Wear rivals Newcastle safely outside the relegation zone. Palace’s (19 points) failure to leapfrog four sides and go sixth in the lead means they’ll spend the next week in 10th.

VIDEO: Premier League Team of the Week — Round 3

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After a fine performance against Norwich City, Stoke City’s Jack Butland gets the nod in goal for the Premier League Team of the Week for Round 3.

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Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany headlines the defense, as the big Belgian has been a driving force in City’s great start to the season.

In the midfield, Riyad Mahrez makes the team for the third straight week after coring the equalizer in Leicester’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham. The Algerian now has four goals through three matches, which is tops in the league.

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Mahrez is joined by Manchester City’s midfield maestro David Silva, and West Brom’s James Morrison, who scored both of the Baggies’ goals against Chelsea.

Up top, Pedro finds himself in the Team of the Week after grabbing a goal and an assist in his Premier League debut, alongside Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis and Player of the Week Callum Wilson.

Here’s the team of the week. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below.

Matchweek 3

Goalkeeper: Jack Butland (Stoke City)

Defenders: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Scott Dann (Crystal Palace), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle)

Midfielders: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), David Silva (Manchester City), James Morrison (West Bromwich), Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace)

Forwards: Pedro (Chelsea), Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)