AFC Bournemouth continue good run of form after win against Crystal Palace.

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AFC Bournemouth picked up another win to continue their good form with a 1-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace. 

A late Justin Kluivert goal was enough to secure the three points for the Cherries in what was a close-fought contest at the Vitality Stadium. 

However, Palace fans will feel hard done by after having a goal disallowed, and a penalty not given by VAR. 

In an uneventful but even first half, it was Bournemouth who came closest to scoring first, with a  Dango Outtara header from a corner. 

Palace then responded with a Jean-Phillipe Mateta shot which needed to be saved by Neto, after Alex Scott gave away the ball on the edge of the box. 

Later in the half, the Cherries created another fantastic chance from a corner, this time Philip Billing forcing a great save from Palace keeper Dean Henderson. 

However, Bournemouth were let off the hook in first-half added time, with Eberechi Eze tapping the ball in from a Jordan Ayew cross, only for VAR to disallow the goal for an offside in the build-up to the goal.  

With the second half looking about as uneventful as the first, both teams were struggling to create chances, with the only noticeable chance coming from substitute Milosz Kerkez’ strike from distance, which was saved by Henderson, with Solanke being unable to squeeze in the rebound. 

That all changed at the 79th minute, when Andoni Iraola’s side were finally able to take the lead through substitute Justin Kluivert, who was able to apply a terrific finish after Antoine Semenyo did brilliantly to beat David Ozoh and drag the ball back to the Dutchman. 

The Cherries then carried some momentum, with some fantastic play down the left-hand side leading to Semenyo firing a shot that was saved well by Henderson. 

Soon after, the visitors had a serious penalty shout, after some great one-touch play led to Jeffrey Schlupp being bought down by Adam Smith, but VAR agreed with referee Graham Scott’s decision to not award a penalty. 

Neither team could then create many more chances, with Bournemouth taking all three points in a tight-fought game. 

The win brings the Cherries up above Chelsea in the table to 11th, and just three points away from 8th placed Newcastle United, whereas Crystal Palace remain in 14th place. 

Next up, Bournemouth travel to struggling Luton Town on Saturday, whilst Palace face Manchester City at Selhurst Park.