Yesterday’s last-gasp equaliser from Scott Dann unleashed a torrent of emotion inside Selhurst Park, following a second half that felt like a game of attack vs defence throughout.
Having been forced to watch an absolutely dreadful display from their players in the opening 45 minutes, the home fans were treated to something completely different after the interval, as the side spearheaded by new big money signing Christian Benteke huffed and puffed in trying to break their scoring duck from the moment Mike Dean got play back underway.
After seeing such a turgid performance in the first half, exemplified by Yohan Cabaye’s miserable miss from the penalty spot after 16 minutes, it was with a degree of bafflement that the Palace faithful saw their team emerge from the changing rooms with an undeniable spring in their step, giving way to a second period which was an almost constant conveyor belt of chances to level the scores in front of the desperate Holmesdale Road stand.
Following a spell in which it almost felt as though the footballing gods were intent on stopping us from scoring altogether, Pardew brought Lee Chung-Yong and the much discussed Wilfried Zaha off the bench in one moment, adding even more dynamism to our attacking moves and piling the pressure even more directly onto the shoulders of Eddie Howe’s stretched Bournemouth players.
The reward for our hard work eventually arrived in stoppage time, with a well worked passing move ending when Jason Puncheon flicked a well directed ball into the penalty area, allowing club captain Scott Dann to rise well above the onlooking defenders and direct a quite sublime header into the side netting of Boruc’s goal from roughly 15 yards out.
It was no less than the players deserved after such a one-sided attacking effort in the second half and whilst it only brought a point at home against a side who, on paper at least, we should be beating, there can be genuine hope that it will allow the team to kick on in the search for a run of victories after the international break.