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Sam Allardyce relieved to get first Crystal Palace win against Bournemouth

Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace

By Helen Rowe-Willcocks

Sam Allardyce hailed a "great result" after Crystal Palace secured their first Premier League win since he took over in late December with a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth.

Both sides struggled in the first half as the rain came down at the Vitality Stadium but the visitors needed less than a minute after half-time to take the lead through Scott Dann.

Bournemouth had the majority of the possession in the second half but Palace - who remain two points from safety - doubled their lead in injury time through Christian Benteke.

Allardyce said: "It's a relief for me. It (the first league victory) really should have happened in the first game at Watford and it's been a long haul since.

"The players looked like what I would expect a team of mine to look like. You can't argue with the result with the amount of chances we created. They executed the game plan brilliantly.

"It's a great result. It's a first clean sheet, hopefully of many. It's three massive points away from home. I'm so pleased about the 'nil'.

"The key was keeping Bournemouth in front of us. We've let too many peole get through us and behind us recently and we had to stop that. I think Bournemouth found that frustrating."

Palace will also take heart from a first away clean sheet in the Premier League since Boxing Day 2015, although the hosts were unlucky to draw a blank with Joshua King and Junior Stanislas both seeing well-hit efforts deflect narrowly wide.

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