Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 0-2 Burnley
- Date – 29th April 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,013
- Referee – Robert Madley
- Bookings – Benteke, Zaha
- Goals – Barnes (8), Gray (85)
- Star Eagle – Patrick van Aanholt/ Wilfried Zaha (7.4)
Disappointing result and a frustrating display from the Eagles as the visitors did their homework to secure their first away win in the league of the season. It could have been quite different had a run from Zaha not be pulled back for being offside but Palace still had the chances and the share of possession but could not break down a dogged rearguard action from Burnley. Two mistakes led to two goals leaving Palace, who sorely missed Yohan Cabaye and Mamadou Sakho, still looking to secure mathematical safety.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (5.9) – Distribution was poor and looked less confident behind what was a flustered back line.
2 Joel Ward (6.5) – Understanding with wide players appeared to be missing throughout this game and struggled defensively which strengthens calls for fresh blood to be added this summer at right back.
34 Martin Kelly (6.8) – Probably the one player in the back line that looked the slightest bit confident but even then did not live up to recent good performances.
27 Damien Delaney (6.7) – A return to the starting the line up for the Irishman but arguably showed why he has dropped down the pecking order as the season has progressed.
3 Patrick van Aanholt (7.4) – First start since return from injury and was one of the star performers. Always an option on the left, regularly overlapping and doing what was required in defence.
28 Luka Milivojevic (5.2) – Worst game since joining the club. Two mistakes led to goals and he will know he must be better. There is no doubt he will learn from them and return stronger.
18 James McArthur (6.3) – Looked a little lost at times about his role in the team but continued to work hard. Replaced by 9 Frazier Campbell (6.2) on 71 minutes in a change of formation but was feeding on scraps for the time he was on.
42 Jason Puncheon (6.8) – While the captain is a positive influence in the middle his creativity has dropped off which has been a big miss in games such as this one when more possession is to be had.
11 Wilfried Zaha (7.4) – Became an extremely frustrated figure as the game wore on and rightly so. Once again received plenty of treatment from the opposition with very little protection from the officials. Wrongly flagged for offside in a move that saw the goalkeeper take him down which was a key moment of the game.
10 Andros Townsend (6.9) – Unrecognisable from the moody lacklustre performances that he was putting in during the first half of the season. Continued to look for an opening all the way through to the final whistle but to no avail.
17 Christian Benteke (6.2) – An off day for the big Belgian but the game could have been very different had he put away a good early chance. Replaced by 8 Loic Remy (6.6) on 71 minutes and only remembered for creating an opening which ended in an air shot landing high in the Holmesdale.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 31 Jeffrey Schlupp, 4 Mathieu Flamini, 14 Lee Chung-yong, 26 Bakary Sako
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘We got nervous. We started very well, but then fell foul to our inefficiencies, not clearing the box and that goal got the nerves jangling. We sorted that at half time and hoped our constant pressure would get us back into the game. We made a good recovery but could not find a way through a side who defended well and took their chances. We have worked very hard to keep our destiny in our own hands. Burnley have had a full week to prepare and I think that showed today.’ – SAM ALLARDYCE talking to BBC Sport.
‘We have had our fair share of critics on the road in the Premier League and I understand why, but we showed our hunger today. We won the individual battles, which we knew we would have to do against a team who are on a roll. I thought Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes were magnificent, holding the ball up and putting a real shift in.’ – SEAN DYCHE talking to BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Michael Keane (8.2) while Sam Vokes (4) had the most shots. George Boyd (5) made the most tackles and Wilfried Zaha (9) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.53 – 7.39
- Total shots: 15 – 9
- Shots on target: 5 – 3
- Possession: 63.6% – 36.4%
- Pass success: 75% – 63%
- Dribbles: 18 – 0
- Aerials won: 25 – 30
- Tackles: 12 – 21
- Corners: 14 – 4
- Dispossessed: 16 – 9
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 16th in the Premier League table with 38 points from 35 games, two points behind Burnley and West Ham United in 14th and 15th respectively and four points ahead of Hull City in 17th.
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