Bournemouth 2 – Crystal Palace 2
Crystal Palace fans have Arsenal to thanks for not being in the bottom three this Monday.
Southampton lost 3-2 at Arsenal on Sunday to remain third bottom of the division.
On Saturday, Palace blew a chance at claiming three points when they conceded late on at Bournemouth.
After a goalless first forty-five, Palace took the lead after the break.
The club’s surprise top scorer, Luka Milivojevic, curled home a stunning free-kick in the 47th minute.
The Cherries were soon level through Lys Mousset in the 65th minute. But Wilfried Zaha put Palace back ahead with a brilliant solo effort in the 75th.
But with a minute to go on the clock, Palace’s defence were all at sea from a set-play as King equalised at the back post.
Roy Hodgson slammed after Bournemouth & Man United
On Monday in the Times, Roy Hodgson has received flak.
The former England manager is being called out for not using his subs in recent matches.
Against Bournemouth, Man United and Liverpool, Palace have dropped points after conceding late goals. And in each of those games, Palace haven’t used their subs until late in the contest:
Substitutions are so important. It is becoming a common theme, using replacements to change the game but on Saturday the Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, not for the first time this season, did not make a single one.
If you make no changes, you pay the price. It’s not the first time Hodgson has done this either. Palace were 2-0 up against Manchester United last month. José Mourinho had brought on Marcus Rashford at half-time, and then Luke Shaw and Juan Mata after 67 minutes when it was 2-1. Roy reacted too late.
He brought on Jaïro Riedewald with ten minutes to go with the scores level, but then they lost 3-2.
What the Times fail to point out is that Palace have been suffering from significant injury problems.
Would Hodgson be more inclined to make changes if the Eagles had a better bench?