Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth

Marc Pugh celebrates his goal

Marc Pugh scored his second league goal of the season

Bournemouth extended Crystal Palace’s losing streak to five matches after they came from behind at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles took the lead when defender Scott Dann turned in Wilfried Zaha’s low cross.

But Palace’s lead lasted barely six minutes before Marc Pugh cleverly bought himself space and fired in a precise low shot.

And Benik Afobe nodded in the winner after Wayne Hennessey saved Matt Ritchie’s shot.

Palace manager Alan Pardew threw on new signing Emmanuel Adebayor for his first Premier League appearance since May, but the hosts could not find an equaliser.

Marouane Chamakh wasted the best chance when he fired straight at Artur Boruc from Mile Jedinak’s cut-back.

Palace remain 11th, while Bournemouth move up one place to 15th and are now seven points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Afobe does it again

Bournemouth were among the league’s biggest spenders in the transfer window and eyebrows were raised when the Cherries paid £10m for Wolves striker Benik Afobe.

And the striker might have provided those critics with ammunition when he missed a glaring chance midway through the first half, sending a volley across the face of goal from Charlie Daniels’ searching cross.

But the 22-year-old had scored in his previous two matches and he made it three in a row when he was quickest to follow up the rebound from Hennessey’s save – earning the Cherries a first come-from-behind win of the season.

“I’ve come here for a lot of money in some people’s eyes,” Afobe said. “I need to prove my worth and I can only do that by scoring goals.”

More to follow.

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