Michy Batshuayi scored twice to help Crystal Palace end the season with an entertaining win over Bournemouth at Selhurst Park.
The victory means Palace finish the season 12th, while Bournemouth drop to 14th following Newcastle’s win at Fulham.
Batshuayi, playing for Palace for the final time before his loan spell from Chelsea ends, opened the scoring in the 24th minute, capitalising on slack Bournemouth defending to volley home from six yards.
The Belgian slid in to convert Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross from close range eight minutes later before Jack Simpson turned into his own net as Palace took a 3-0 lead after only 37 minutes.
But Jefferson Lerma crashed a stunning 30-yard shot in off the post just before the break and Jordon Ibe drilled into the bottom corner via a slight deflection 10 minutes after half-time to give Bournemouth hope.
Patrick van Aanholt restored a two-goal lead for Palace, only for Joshua King to bundle home at a 73rd-minute corner to reduce the deficit to one for a second time.
However, in the 80th minute Wilfried Zaha set up Andros Townsend who swept home to make sure of the three points for the hosts.
Source – MbareTimes