Bournemouth suffer 2-0 home defeat as Sam Allardyce secured his first Premier League win

SCOTT DANN gave Palace the perfect lift as Sam Allardyce secured his first Premier League win since taking over at Selhurst Park.

The defender grabbed his fourth goal of the season when he stooped to head in a Jason Puncheon cross and Christian Benteke added a stoppage-time second to give the Eagles their first top-flight triumph since December 3.

Allardyce seemed to have half a mind on the transfer business the club were conducting during the game with chairman Steve Parish also having his phone stuck to his ear.

Palace have backed their new boss this month splashing almost £40m in a bid to beat the drop.

And while the game was going on they were in talks to bag Everton striker Arouna Kone, having completed a £12m deal to sign Serbian Luka Milivojevic earlier in the day.

There was a welcome return from an ill-fated African Cup of Nations for Wilfried Zaha and the winger almost gave Palace a fourth-minute lead.

The Ivory Coast ace showed off his quick footwork on the edge of the box before fi ring a skimmer against the post.

At the other end Josh King brilliantly swivelled past James McArthur and unleashed a furious blast past the post.

Bournemouth star Junior Stanislas then cut inside and saw his shot deflected wide before shooting straight at keeper Wayne Hennessey.

Zaha created more space in the penalty area before forcing Artur Boruc to block behind but, just 55 seconds after the restart, Dann found himself unmarked in the second phase of a corner to net the visitors’ first league goal since January 3 – the fifth strike in a row conceded by Eddie Howe’s men from a set-piece.

Bournemouth will be happy to see the back of both January and London clubs having failed to win in four matches – leaking 11 goals in the process.

Chelsea have also recalled Nathan Ake and blocked a move for keeper Asmir Begovic.

Bournemouth’s recruitment, the total opposite of Palace, stands at zero with fringe men Lewis Grabban, Marc Wilson and Max Gradel being surplus to requirements.

They almost let in a second when McArthur floated onto the roof of the net but Palace sealed a rare away win – the previous one coming in September – when sub Andros Townsend crossed from the left and Benteke headed beyond Hennessey.

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