Match ends, Burnley 1, Crystal Palace 3.
Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace put in another superb away performance to win at relegation rivals Burnley and take another step towards securing their top-flight status.
The two sides went into the game level on 30 points and Palace made the early breakthrough as Jeffrey Schlupp's cut-back cannoned off Phil Bardsley's thigh into his own net.
Burnley began to show their frustration towards the end of the first half and Michy Batshuayi doubled Palace's lead just after the break, sweeping in a low ball by fit-again full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Palace continued to keep it tight at the back while Wilfried Zaha grabbed the goal his work-rate and class deserved, tormenting the Burnley defence before firing low past Tom Heaton.
Ashley Barnes pulled one back late on while Burnley substitute Peter Crouch almost set up a nervy finish, but Palace held on to claim their third straight away game in all competitions.
The victory also lifted the Eagles up to 13th in the Premier League, putting eight points between themselves and the relegation zone, while Burnley dropped one place to 16th, five points clear of third-bottom Cardiff.
Palace happy to hit the road
Not only is Palace's away record better than at home this season but they have taken 20 points from a possible 33 on the road - a joint league-high of 61%.
Given Burnley enjoyed their longest-ever unbeaten run in the Premier League before losing at Newcastle in midweek, Palace were cautious in the first half, especially with Wan-Bissaka back after three games out while Scott Dann returned for his first league start since New Year's Day 2017.
Zaha, who was outstanding throughout, set up an early opener that allowed Palace to then sit back and pick off Burnley at will.
The Ivory Coast international beat left-back Charlie Taylor before firing a low ball across goal and Schlupp's cut-back went in off Bardsley.
Zaha's ability to run with the ball and hold off defenders allowed the visitors to relieve the pressure and frustrated the hosts, while Schlupp and Wan-Bissaka pushed up the wings more often as the game wore on.
Batshuayi had been quiet in the first half but before Burnley had a chance to regroup after the break, Wan-Bissaka crossed for the on-loan Chelsea striker to sweep in a first-time strike and as Burnley pushed forward, Zaha took advantage.
Cheikhou Kouyate squared to Zaha just outside the Burnley box and the 26-year-old ran at Taylor and Ben Mee, twisting and turning inside the box, before firing in his fifth goal in five games.
Clarets rely on target men
Burnley had given their chances of survival a boost with an eight-game unbeaten run and they were undaunted despite suffering an early setback, trying to play through their in-form strike pair of Barnes and Chris Wood.
Their best chance of the first half saw Jeff Hendrick pick out Barnes on the edge of the box and he touched the ball into the path of Wood, whose shot was blocked by returning Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
After the second goal, Burnley's front two combined again as Wood nodded a Jack Cork cross down for Barnes but his close-range shot was deflected over. The Clarets tended to rely on diagonal balls into the strikers rather than trying to get down the wings and behind the Palace defence.
In their desperation to get back in the game, the home side gave the ball away cheaply too often, leaving themselves exposed at the back, and they could even have gone 4-0 down as Patrick van Aanholt volleyed over.
But they salvaged some pride when Barnes scored with a glancing header from Ashley Westwood's cross and, just as the game moved into stoppage time, Crouch's low shot was turned round the far post by Hennessey.
Man of the match - Wilfried Zaha
'Most are probably confused Palace are down there' - what they said
Burnley manager Sean Dyche said: "We know they break quickly but at crucial times we got caught out. It's confusing when you look at the stats - they make it look like a good performance but we know stats don't win games.
"We're still looking at the next game, we know these games are important. Most people are probably confused, Palace are a good side and most people are probably scratching their heads when they see them down there [in the table].
"We've done a lot of work on this run, we've had tough results before and responded. The next game is important to get back to our levels of performance."
Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: "Sean has got the team very well disciplined, very well organised, and you know exactly what pressures you are going to be under. I thought we dealt with that extremely well throughout the game.
"By contrast, when we had the ball going forward I thought we looked pretty dangerous and the longer the game went on the more dangerous we got. To score three goals away from home against any team is a good performance, and to do it against a team of Burnley's calibre with their quality of defending is even more so.
"I'm delighted with the team's performance, and delighted it lifts us up that little bit higher in the table."
Barnes and Zaha bang in form - the stats
- Crystal Palace have scored in nine consecutive Premier League games for the first time ever within a single season.
- Michy Batshuayi has scored five goals in his last seven starts in all competitions for English clubs.
- Wilfried Zaha has had a hand in six goals in his last six Premier League games (5 goals, 1 assist), one more than he managed in his previous 21 (5).
- Burnley mustered 18 shots, their most in their last 38 Premier League games since managing 21 against Everton in March 2018.
- Ashley Barnes has been directly involved in six goals in his last six Premier League appearances for Burnley, as many as he managed in his previous 25.
Burnley visit Premier League title challengers Liverpool on Sunday, 10 March (12:00 GMT) while Palace host Brighton on Saturday, 9 March (12:30 GMT).
- 6MeeBooked at 38mins
- 13HendrickSubstituted forBerg Gudmundssonat 45'minutes
- 31McNeilSubstituted forBradyat 72'minutes
- 11WoodSubstituted forCrouchat 81'minutes
- 7Berg Gudmundsson
- 5TomkinsBooked at 65mins
- 3van Aanholt
- 11ZahaSubstituted forTownsendat 79'minutes
- 7MeyerBooked at 69minsSubstituted forMcArthurat 71'minutes
- 23BatshuayiSubstituted forBentekeat 83'minutes
- 14J Ayew
- Lee Probert
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Crystal Palace 3.
Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson.
Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.
Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.
Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robbie Brady.
Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).
Goal! Burnley 1, Crystal Palace 3. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Scott Dann.
Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Michy Batshuayi.
Substitution, Burnley. Peter Crouch replaces Chris Wood.
Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ashley Westwood.
Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by James Tarkowski.
Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend replaces Wilfried Zaha.
Foul by Robbie Brady (Burnley).
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Burnley 0, Crystal Palace 3. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
Substitution, Burnley. Robbie Brady replaces Dwight McNeil.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McArthur replaces Max Meyer.
Hand ball by Scott Dann (Crystal Palace).
Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.
Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace).
James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Tom Heaton.
Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Max Meyer with a headed pass.
Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).