Even at the best of times, a game coming up against Manchester City is rarely viewed upon favourably for most teams.
Palace have won just two of their 16 games against City since securing promotion back to the Premier League in 2013, and have conceded 41 goals in those games.
Particularly in this season more than any, the Carabao Cup will prove an unwelcome distraction for most teams.
With the season already so truncated, fitting in another trip to Manchester within the space of four days is something that the club just do not need – especially with the injury problems currently affecting the defence.
Both sides made a number of changes to the teams that ran out for weekend fixtures, and will inevitably take the same decision for their return to league action in a few days’ time.
Both sides were at least attempting to find a winner as the match drew to a close, but it wasn’t exactly a kitchen-sink kind of a cup-tie.
In truth, there were not too many positives to take from the match. The team as a whole looked disjointed, as is to be expected after making 10 changes from a side that battled away for a 1-0 victory over Southampton.
Of course any discussion of the match should be countenanced by Roy Hodgson’s pre-game point that Bournemouth are essentially still a Premier League side – especially when you consider that both teams would rotate for the game.
But it was still disappointing to see just how passive Palace were against Bournemouth.
An inexperienced defence is understandable, particularly given the injury problems currently at the club, but resorting to looking for long balls to Batshuayi and Schlupp was frustrating to see all the same.
There were debuts for Jaroslaw Jach and Nya Kirby, and they both impressed to varying degrees.
Jach was naturally out of position at left-back, and looked a little stuck out wide – particularly as Palace set up quite narrowly while Bournemouth were happy . But he was certainly adept in breaking up play.
Kirby, meanwhile, was arguably Palace’s brightest spark in attack, coming closest to opening the scoring with a shot on the turn in the first half, and almost got on the end of a Jeff Schlupp cross as well.
Also in defence, Sam Woods and Ryan Inniss put in creditable displays (before the former was substituted around the hour mark).
Above all, the match raised the need for fans to be patient with the new arrivals.
Eberechi Eze had some good flicks and turns early on, and while he did not exactly struggle out wide on the left, neither did the formation bring out the best in him.
Michy Batshuayi, similarly, had an off-night. His touch deserted him on a few occasions when he may have got in a shot at goal.
The link up play in attack was not fantastic – but did anyone really expect it to be in a team featuring two debutantes, a player making his first start and another up front who is rarely fielded there?
Understanding between the likes of Batshuayi and Eze will come only when they’ve been together for a while on the training pitch. The Belgium international arrived from Chelsea on Thursday afternoon, allowing him just two training sessions between then and now.
While on the face of it, a 0-0 draw and penalty shootout loss against Bournemouth may breed contempt among the fan base (if they can really force something above apathy from that display), fans will need to show some restraint in expecting too much too soon from the young stars in attack.