Ghana striker Jordan Ayew scores as Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth
Crystal Palace recovered after back-to-back Premier League defeats to finish 2022 on a high at Bournemouth, who were watched by new owner Bill Foley.
Palace had not registered a shot on target in their previous two games, but there was no subtlety about either goal, with both created by Michael Olise’s pinpoint delivery from corners.
The opener came when Jordan Ayew was left virtually unmarked at the near post from Olise’s left-wing delivery, leaving him the easy task of planting a downward header across goal and into the net.
The Eagles doubled their lead when Olise’s delivery from the opposite side was driven perfectly into the lath of Eberechi Eze, who had space on the edge of the area to blast the ball past Mark Travers.
With much of the game played in driving rain, Bournemouth struggled to find any fluency, and although Dominic Solanke stung the palms of visiting goalkeeper Vicente Guaita after the break, created few clear-cut opportunities.