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Bournemouth employed NFL tactics for Jermain Defoe’s goal against Crystal Palace

Josh King turned into a defensive linebacker at a corner

You need to get every advantage you can when playing a fellow relegation candidate.

That’s exactly what Bournemouth did for Jermain Defoe to score against Crystal Palace.

Eddie Howe’s side have been praised for their passing football and technical approach to the game.

Defoe’s 200th league goal

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Defoe’s 200th league goal

But they did something pretty dastardly to score a pre-planned move from a corner against Palace.

This comes straight out of the Jose Mourinho guide to the dark arts.

Bournemouth exchange passes at a short corner to distract the defence before rolling the ball to Defoe in acres of space on the penalty spot.


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Bournemouth pretending to do a silky passing move

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Bournemouth pretending to do a silky passing move

But why was the striker completely by himself in the area at a corner?

That will be down to Josh King’s sneaky antics.


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King has been practising his tackle this season

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King has been practising his tackle this season

Mission accomplished

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Mission accomplished

He pretty much tackled Defoe’s defender blocking him from marking the former Spurs man just like you would see in the NFL.

It is surprising that the referee did not penalise the young Bournemouth player.

Defoe has never had so much time in the box

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Defoe has never had so much time in the box

Easy finish really

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Easy finish really

Alas, the goal stood.

You can feel hard done by Palace fans.