Crystal Palace 0-2 Burnley

Burnley

Burnley moved a step closer to Premier League safety as they won an away game for the first time this season with victory at Crystal Palace.

Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray scored the goals to leave Palace seven points above the bottom three, with four games remaining.

Despite the home side dominating the early stages, Barnes opened the scoring as he slid Stephen Ward’s low cross through Wayne Hennessey’s legs.

Barnes had a second effort disallowed after he handled Michael Keane’s header as he turned to scuff the ball home.

Palace improved in the second half, dominating possession in the final 15 minutes, and were aggrieved when Wilfried Zaha was denied a penalty when he was brought down by Jon Flanagan.

But Burnley’s resilience paid off as substitute Gray drilled home a low shot as the Clarets won for the 11th time in the league this season.

Victory took Sean Dyche’s men 14th, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Burnley get elusive away win…

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Speaking before the match, Dyche said he would not mind if his side did not win away from home all season, as long as they retained their Premier League status.

The Clarets arrived at Selhurst Park with the worst away record in the Premier League, having taken just four points from 17 matches and conceded 33 goals.

Despite that record – and the changes enforced by Joey Barton’s 18-month suspension for betting, and a shin injury to Ben Mee – Burnley took an advantage of an unusually loose home defence in an entertaining first half.

And when the Eagles lost their shape, Barnes was the quickest to react as he slid home Ward’s low cross.

There were moments that would have worried Dyche – particularly the space Palace were able to exploit as the game progressed – but he and the travelling fans celebrated as Gray ran onto George Boyd’s pass and tapped a low strike beyond Hennessey.

…but Palace struggling at home

While Burnley have struggled on the road, Palace’s recent problems have been at home – they have scored only seven goals in their past eight games at Selhurst Park.

A win here would have all but secured survival, and the thought may not have been far from the minds of players and fans.

Seeming uncharacteristically scrappy in defence, Palace settled in the second half and Damien Delaney’s half-volley looked to have secured an equaliser, only for Tom Heaton to deny him with a superb diving save.

The final 15 minutes were controlled by Palace, but they were not composed enough in front of goal – Zaha having a side-footed effort blocked by a Burnley head, before Patrick van Aanholt curled over the bar.

It was an underwhelming performance, and plenty of their fans headed for the exit before the final whistle.

And the club may also face action after Burnley’s James Tarkowski was struck on the head by what appeared to be a lighter thrown from the stands.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 34Kelly
  • 27Delaney
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forCampbellat 71′minutes
  • 28Milivojevic
  • 42Puncheon
  • 11ZahaBooked at 50mins
  • 17C BentekeBooked at 43minsSubstituted forRemyat 71′minutes
  • 10Townsend

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 4Flamini
  • 8Remy
  • 9Campbell
  • 14Lee Chung-yong
  • 26Sako
  • 31Schlupp

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 23WardSubstituted forFlanaganat 45+1′minutes
  • 21Boyd
  • 18Westwood
  • 13Hendrick
  • 37Arfield
  • 9Vokes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forGrayat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 7Gray
  • 12Brady
  • 16Defour
  • 25Berg Gudmundsson
  • 28Long
  • 29Pope
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
25,013

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home14
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Burnley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Burnley 2.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jon Flanagan (Burnley).

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Burnley 2. Andre Gray (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Boyd with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Loïc Remy.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Andre Gray replaces Ashley Barnes.

Foul by Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).

George Boyd (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Fraizer Campbell replaces James McArthur.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Loïc Remy replaces Christian Benteke.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

Attempt saved. Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Puncheon following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jon Flanagan (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a headed pass.

Booking

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

goal

References

  1. ^ Relive how Burnley beat Palace (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ Line-ups (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ Match Stats (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ Live Text (www.bbc.co.uk)

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