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GOAL: Jordan Ayew. Pic: Michael Steele/PA Wire/NMC Pool

GOAL: Jordan Ayew. Pic: Michael Steele/PA Wire/NMC Pool

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GOAL: Jordan Ayew. Pic: Michael Steele/PA Wire/NMC Pool

Roy Hodgson is determined to help Crystal Palace finish higher than 10th in the Premier League after Saturday's routine victory at Bournemouth.

The Eagles returned to top flight action with a 2-0 win on the south coast after goals from Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew.

It lifted Palace above Arsenal into ninth and onto 42 points, meaning they are only eight points off setting a new club record in the Premier League.

Another target for the south London outfit is to place better than 10th - something they have achieved on two occasions in the Premier League, although Hodgson insists that should be three times after he guided them to 11th in the 2017-18 campaign.

He said: "Well I still maintain we finished 10th that first year when I was at the club when we had the same number of points with Newcastle and they pipped us on goal difference. That was a level 10th for me, which I was quite satisfied with. We would like to push on and go a bit further of course, but I think one of the problems we are going to find is the squad is quite small. It is limited."

Relegation-threatened Bournemouth struggled to create chances against Palace, but most of their good work occurred through David Brooks.

The Welsh winger made his first appearance for the Cherries in 14 months after a long-term ankle injury and caught the eye.

"It was great to see him back," Eddie Howe said. "I think there were signs and moments of what he will bring the team."