After a torrid run of just a point from five tough games, the Eagles responded in perfect fashion by taking all three points from a Burnley side who have enjoyed some good form of late.
30th November 2019
Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace
Turf Moor, 52-56 Harry Potts Way, Burnley BB10 4BX
REFEREE – Peter Bankes
ASSISTANTS – Adam Nunn, Neil Davies, Geoff Eltringham (fourth official)
VAR – Anthony Taylor, Nick Hopton (assistant)
Bookings – Bardsley (55), McNeil (66)
Zaha (45), Schlupp (78)
Wilfried Zaha as voted for by our wonderful Twitter followers.
This was a very professional away performance from a Palace side that were set up well and took advantage of mistakes made by the hosts. It was a good response to the recent run of games and gets the points column moving back in the right direction. The win puts the Eagles pushing for a spot in the top ten and only a couple of points off fifth. With Bournemouth and Watford up next, this Palace side could be well placed in the table going into the Brighton game.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
Jordan Ayew put the ball in the net but it was ruled out as Patrick van Aanholt was offside. There was a referral for a possible red card – a challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Phil Bardsley saw the Burnley defender booked for his troubles but the two sets of players clashed immediately after.
BOB’S POINT OF VIEW
Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.
“A key result gained following a tough run of fixtures. Maybe some of our fans were concerned that gaining only one point from those five games would have affected the players’ confidence. However, any such worries were certainly put to bed in the first half as we controlled the pace and flow of the game. A clinical Zaha finish in the dying minutes of the half was well deserved reward for our performance. Although Burnley upped their efforts during the second half, our second goal by Schlupp in the 78th minute effectively finished off the contest. A top class Guaita save ensured we kept an invaluable clean sheet.
It may sound like another repetitive review but today was another excellent team performance crafted by the tactical nous of Hodgson and executed perfectly by the players. Honourable mentions for Guaita, Tomkins and McArthur but again like last week against Liverpool, not one player let the team down. The challenge now is to put back to back wins together with Bournemouth visiting Sehurst on Tuesday. However always that cautious reminder to supporters that no games are easy to gain the three points in this league. Onwards to five more wins ASAP!”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (7) – Proving his worth once again, particlarly when the Eagles were two goals up, making a big save to keep the hosts out and secure a valuable clean sheet.
34 MARTIN KELLY (7) – In the absence of Joel Ward, we all know full back is not the idel position for the former Liverpool man but he did what was needed in this game.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7) – Massive game, his best since returning to the side. With Cahill missing out through injury, Tomkins stepped up to the mark and put in a terrific showing at the heard of the defence.
6 SCOTT DANN (6 – ASSIST!) – Great ball out wide to set Wilf on his way for the opener but did see the former Blackburn man limp away which ultimately ended his involvement. Replaced by 12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7) on 59 minutes who slotted in and cleared everything that came his way.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Nothing extravagent but did what was required of him and the Dutchman did better defensively than in recent games.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7) – Probably his best game for a while, still had the odd hiccup but passed the ball well and got stuck into the opposition when he needed to.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Covered a ridiculous amount of ground once again, much like McArthur, got up and down the pitch with ease.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (8) – Solid game for the Scotsman once again, getting forward to support the front line at every opportunity and helping out the defence, clearing off the line crucially at one stage.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (8 – GOAL!) – Two goals in two games and put the ball into the net at the perfect time right before the break. Was once again the pantomime villain but we all know how that turns out.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7) – Carried on from where he left off against Liverpool but was playing through the pain barrier before being going ogg. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7 – GOAL!) on 69 minutes who came on and scored by taking advantage of a poor defensive mistake and sealed the points.
9 JORDAN AYEW (7) – Another fine performance leading the line as the lone striker. Had the ball in the net but was ruled out for offside, another great chance fell to him which he spurned. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) on 82 minutes who provided much needed fresh legs.
13 Wayne Hennessey, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 22 James McCarthy, 23 Victor Camarasa
1 Pope, 26 Bardsley, 5 Tarkowski, 6 Mee, 3 Taylor,12 Brady, 4 Cork,13 Hendrick,11 McNeil, 9 Wood,10 Barnes
Substitutes – 2 Lowton, 8 Drinkwater, 14 Gibson, 19 Rodriguez (replaced Barnes on 62 minutes), 20 Hart, 23 Pieters (replaced Taylor on 36 minutes), 25 Lennon (replaced Brady on 77 minutes)
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “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.”
SEAN DYCHE – “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. 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.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Wilfried Zaha (8.7) while the most shots were from Dwight McNeil and Chris Wood (3). The most tackles were made by Phil Bardsley (5) while Wilfried Zaha made the most dribbles (6).
- Team rating: 6.33 – 6.95
- Total shots: 12 – 7
- Shots on target: 4 – 2
- Possession: 42.9% – 57.1%
- Pass success: 65% – 75%
- Dribbles: 9 – 8
- Aerials won: 30 – 30
- Tackles: 18 – 15
- Corners: 3 – 6
- Dispossessed: 11 – 8
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace have 18 points from 14 games and sit 11th in the Premier League table, level with Burnley in 10th and two points ahead of Bournemouth in 12th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
03/12/2019 Bournemouth (h)
07/12/2019 Watford (a)
16/12/2019 Brighton (h)