“Their work-rate was phenomenal, they wouldn’t let us have a rest, they wouldn’t let us keep the ball. I had to bring on Yohan Cabaye to try and get some of the ball and in the last few minutes I thought it showed.
“Bournemouth really couldn’t raise a leg at that period, probably our best period of the game, so I am full of admiration for what they did today.
“Physically, mentally it was a tough game. You have to take your hat off to Bournemouth, they were relentless.”
Alan reflected on the Eagles performance as the unbeaten run continued, something that was important with the Christmas games coming thick and fast.
"They had limited us to very few chances, we had to work very hard to earn a draw and I'm very pleased with it.
"We would have liked to have created a little bit more but we keep our unbeaten run going, which is important and it takes us up a place."
Referee Michael Oliver had to make a crucial decision just after the half hour mark when Harry Arter received the only yellow card of the afternoon after a tackle on Wilfried Zaha. Words were exchanged between the pair and the official had words with all involved and did well according to the manager to calm the situation down.
“The ref made a good call on Harry Arter. He has done brilliant, he just slightly mistimed that. That was the only moment where it got a little unsavoury, but in the end the referee made the right call and it was all sorted out.”
All the permitted substitutions had been made when further knocks were suffered by Scott Dann and Damien Delaney in quick succession but the manager was pleased with their attitude to keep going.
"I didn't have an option to substitute them, they were fine, they are a couple of warriors. They played well today, it was a very difficult game, tactically, physically, mentally. We need to rest now before our next game on Monday."