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Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace: Roy Hodgson's side end losing run

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring in the first half at Turf Moor

A goal in either half earned Crystal Palace their first Premier League win in six games in a cagey affair at Burnley.

Wilfried Zaha struck the opener right on half-time with a low drive, despite Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope getting a hand to the ball at his near post.

Jeffrey Schlupp sealed victory nine minutes after coming on as a substitute as he capitalised on Ben Mee's mistake to fire between Pope's legs from inside the area.

Chris Wood had Burnley's best chance but he could only smash his effort over the crossbar from close range.

Palace move up to 10th in the table, level on points with Burnley, who are eighth.

Burnley run out of ideas after making crucial mistakes

The Clarets came into the game in fine form, having won their previous two games 3-0, but their attack lacked a cutting edge against the Eagles.

Palace remained resolute in their shape, restricting the hosts to just three shots in total during the first half.

Zaha handed the visitors the lead in first-half injury time, but Pope will be disappointed to have let the ball squirm past him at the near post.

Sean Dyche's side improved after the break but top scorer Ashley Barnes was replaced by Jay Rodriguez after a quiet hour, and strike partner Wood spurned their best opportunities.

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Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace: Sean Dyche praises Dwight McNeil despite loss

The New Zealand international latched on to Cheikhou Kouyate's misplaced header back towards Vicente Guaita, but with only the keeper to beat from six yards out, he shot over the crossbar.

Palace doubled their lead against the run of play when Mee made a hash of his unopposed clearance to play the ball over his head, back towards his own goal, and Schlupp made no mistake.

Burnley continued to push forward but Guaita pulled off another brilliant save to deny Wood, who diverted the ball towards goal off his back to highlight his disappointing afternoon.

The hosts have now lost all three home games this season in which they have conceded.

Low-scoring Palace show clinical edge

League goals have been a concern for Roy Hodgson's side this season. Before kick-off, only bottom side Watford, with eight, had scored fewer than Palace's 11.

But the visitors, who had not won since 5 October, were aided by their hosts' mistakes and took their chances with aplomb.

Zaha is crucial to Palace's hopes and the forward appears to have put his quiet start to the season behind him. Having scored his first goal of the campaign against Liverpool a week ago, he struck a second in two games against Burnley.

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Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace: Roy Hodgson praises Wilfried Zaha performance

The Ivorian showed he was up for the battle at Turf Moor when he clashed with Phil Bardsley in the second half - and he also made more key passes (two) and won more fouls (three) than any of his team-mates.

The opener came when he quickly shifted the ball to his left foot to beat Bardsley before firing past Pope in clinical fashion.

Schlupp was introduced off the bench to increase the visitors' threat on the break, as Burnley continued to search for the equaliser. Hodgson's decision paid off when the substitute secured all three points as Palace maintained their 100% conversion rate from just two shots on target.

Man of the match - Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha scored the opening goal and provided the most crosses (three) for his side

'We got sucked in' - what they said

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, speaking to Match of the Day: "I think we got sucked in to what Palace do. We could not break it down and then we let in a soft goal just before half-time. I thought we improved in the second half. I think you have to give credit to Palace; they slow the game down.

"We were not a million miles off but it just did not quite gel. We have moved a long way from last season. We try to build an environment where we can move. Disappointed today but not disappointed overall."

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, speaking to Match of the Day: "I think the way we got the balance right between having to defend and attacking was really good. The way Burnley throw balls into the area is hard to defend time after time again.

"It's a very good victory, we are very satisfied with the result and the performance. We are grateful for the three points but now we need to use this feeling going forwards."

On Wilfried Zaha: "Zaha has been extremely good in recent games. He has not allowed players to aggravate him and that is really important. We are also getting a lot out of him defensively. He works very very hard; it's an important factor in us winning the game."

Palace win again outside the capital - the stats

  • Crystal Palace have won their past four league meetings with Burnley, as many victories as they managed in their previous 18 encounters (W4 D8 L6).
  • Burnley have lost four of their past six Premier League games (W2), after losing just two of the eight before that.
  • Palace ended a run of five Premier League games without a win and kept a clean sheet for the first time in seven in the competition.
  • Burnley mustered 15 shots in total against Crystal Palace, the most they have managed in a Premier League home game without scoring since August 2017 (20 v West Brom).
  • Palace have won six of their past seven Premier League games played outside of London (L1).
  • Wilfried Zaha has scored two goals in his past two Premier League games for Crystal Palace, as many as he managed in his previous 21.
  • Zaha scored with Crystal Palace's first shot on target of the game.
  • Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp netted for the first time in 21 Premier League games, since scoring against Fulham in February.

What's next?

Burnley return to Turf Moor to take on defending champions Manchester City on Tuesday, 3 December (20:15 GMT), while Crystal Palace host Bournemouth on the same night (19:30).

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 26BardsleyBooked at 55mins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forPietersat 36'minutes
  • 12BradySubstituted forLennonat 77'minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeilBooked at 67mins
  • 9Wood
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forRodriguezat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 8Drinkwater
  • 14Gibson
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 20Hart
  • 23Pieters
  • 25Lennon

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 34Kelly
  • 5Tomkins
  • 6DannSubstituted forSakhoat 59'minutes
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forSchluppat 69'minutes
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 18McArthur
  • 11Zaha
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forBentekeat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Sakho
  • 13Hennessey
  • 15Schlupp
  • 17Benteke
  • 22McCarthy
  • 23Camarasa
  • 44Riedewald
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
19,818

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 0, Crystal Palace 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Crystal Palace 2.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by James Tomkins.

Attempt blocked. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Jordan Ayew.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 0, Crystal Palace 2. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Robbie Brady.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Andros Townsend.

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Burnley).

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Robbie Brady (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

goal

As It Stood

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3Leicester139223182329
4Chelsea148242820826
5Tottenham145542421320
6Wolves134721816219
7Sheff Utd134631612418
8Burnley145362020018
9Arsenal134631819-118
10Crystal Palace145361318-518
11Man Utd134541915417
12Bournemouth144461820-216
13West Ham144461723-616
14Newcastle144461322-916
15Brighton144371621-515
16Aston Villa134271920-114
17Everton134271320-714
18Southampton143381532-1712
19Norwich133191328-1510
20Watford14158928-198
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