Costly Kouyate Mistake Hands Clarets All Three Points

This was a very Palace result and the Eagles could have played all night long and not got past a staunch Burnley defence that had not had a league win to their name before kick off.


23rd November 2020


Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace


Turf Moor, 52-56 Harry Potts Way, Burnley BB10 4BX


Behind closed doors


REFEREE – Kevin Friend

ASSISTANTS – Simon Beck, Adrian Holmes, Mike Dean (fourth official)

VAR – Anthony Taylor, Adam Nunn (assistant)


BOOKINGS – Jay Rodriguez (79), Matt Lowton (87)

RED CARD – none


Chris Wood (7)


Eberechi Eze


The trend continues – if you are struggling for a result or a goal, and Palace are up soon in your fixture list, have no fear! In all honesty this was a frustrating game to watch, the hosts offered little and took advantage of a mistake in the back line. That was the difference between the two side but had the Eagles had anything about them either with their final ball or better finishing, this would likely have been a straight-forward three points. You have to give Burnley credit where it is due though, they we hard to break down and the onus was on the visitors to get through a defensive barrier that had yet to experience a league win before kick off.


Nothing of note


“How do you sum up a game of that magnitude? Well, let’s start with the fact it looked like both sides would have been very very happy with a share of the spoils. In my pre-match chat with you guys, I called a 1-0 result and I’m glad my prediction was correct, especially as it fell the way of Burnley in a game where both sides had their chances.

First half we started the brighter which in the 8th minute we scored the only goal of the game. Half time came at the right time for Palace as they looked to regroup from a slow tentative start. Hodgson must have thrown a firework in the dressing room as the second half was a completely different game. Apart from the odd attack from Burnley, Palace were very much on the front foot. Eze played a key role for Palace and was the liveliest man on the pitch all game for me but if it wasn’t for an outstanding save from Nick Pope in the dying minutes of the game, this match would have been what both sides looked like they wanted, a draw. Benteke will be miffed with himself for not burying that chance but in a game of not much creativity.

Burnley turned Turf Moor into a Happy Place again!!” – THE CRICKET FIELD END


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.

“Today proved again that at the top level the first goal scored often wins the game. A poor error by a usually very reliable Kouyate ultimately presented Wood with an easy opportunity to score after 8 minutes. It was all uphill from then on.

Our display in the first half was off the pace with our defence as a unit including the keeper looked disorganised and times strangers to each other. Without Zaha to inject pace and variety into our possession going forwards, we looked pedestrian and too often played into Burnley’s defensive strengths. Eze did his best to bring some impetus to our attacks but was often outnumbered and forced into areas where he could do least damage. Yet ultimately in all honesty we lacked movement off the ball in the final third to pose regular questions to their defence. There were certainly no surprises to Burnley’s physical and direct approach.

The old adage is to win the individual battles around the pitch but our players lost too many of them to ensure a platform to gain a result. In summary, I would sum up the performance in one word…. disjointed. I thought Clyne had his best game for us and deserves an honourable mention. Looking ahead to the game versus Newcastle on Friday, hopefully Zaha is given the all clear on his COVID diagnosis. If not, with two games in five days, I would move Eze inside to play behind the main striker and maybe the time is right for Cahill, Schlupp and Mitchell to start.

Up the Palace!”


31 VICENTE GUAITA (7) – Looked a little under pressure at set pieces which was a combination of the blustery conditions and the size of the opposition. Made a great stop to prevent the hosts doubling their lead.

17 NATHANIEL CLYNE (6) – An early effort on goal from distance which warmed the fingers of the keeper and had a busy evening picking up the overlaps. A good all round performance from the full back.

6 SCOTT DANN (CAPTAIN – 6) – Started tentatively at the centre of defence and played his part in the mess that led to the opening goal but settled in as the game went on.

8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7) – It was his mistake which handed the hosts the opening goal on a plate but calmed down after that.

3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Did not have much to contend with from a defensive perspective so managed to get forward a few times but needed to work on his final ball across the box.

44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) – Struggled to exert himself onto the game in a tough midfield battle. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) on 67 minutes who provided a much needed injection of pace into the midfield. Two great runs almost provided opportunities for the visitors.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6) – Great chance to set up Batshuayi for the equaliser midway through the first half but his ball across the six yard box was just ahead of the Belgian. Worked hard alongside Riedewald but ultimately lost the midfield battle.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7) – Busy throughout and looked to lead the way in the absence of Zaha by linking up with Ayew, Batshuayi and Eze. Guilty of not making the most of the possession he had.

25 EBERECHI EZE (7 – TEB MAN OF THE MATCH) – Bright and alwaus looking to create opportunities but struggled to find that killer ball. Became a target as the game wore on as his influence on the game grew.

23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (6) – Two great chances to equalise midway through the first half but failed to convert either. Needs that goal to get him on his way. One even better chance in teh second half after a mistake but he was foiled by the keeper.

9 JORDAN AYEW (6) – One first half chance which was difficult to convert from the near post angle but even though he battled it was not to be his night. Replaced by 20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) on 77 minutes who had a great chance to score late on but the keeper was equal to the effort.


1 Jack Butland, 2 Joel Ward, 27 Tyrick Mitchell, 24 Gary Cahill, 12 Mamadou Sakho


1 Pope, 2 Lowton, 5 Tarkowski, 6 Mee, 3 Taylor, 7 Gudmundsson, 8 Brownhill, 18 Westwood, 11 McNeil, 19 Rodriguez, 9 Wood

SUBSTITUTES – 10 Barnes, 12 Brady (replaced Gudmundsson on 67 minutes), 15 Peacock-Farrell, 23 Pieters (replaced Brady on 84 minutes), 26 Bardsley, 27 Vydra, 28 Long


ROY HODGSON  “Statistics don’t win matches, you win matches by scoring goals and not conceding them and that is what Burnley did. We gave them a bit of a free hit to go 1-0 up but after that, in particular in the second half, we took the game to them and played quite well. We would have been worthy I think of at least one goal but we couldn’t get it. We couldn’t find the last pass or shot to get the goal. You could argue conceding early gives you more time to get back into the game. They defend well, I think we did ourselves because there were not many chances for them. We had opportunities but the bottom line is opportunities are only good if you take them and we didn’t take them.”

SEAN DYCHE “There is relief in the sense of for the players and the hard work they put in. In the first half I thought we were very good and contained the game well with the ball. We found a good goal out of a strange situation. In the second half we made two or three great chances. Pleased with a lot of aspects but there is still work to be done. When you are playing well you want the reward for a good performance. It is difficult when you haven’t had a win. We just got a little bit nervous and we missed chances as well and that players with the mind of a player wondering if it is going to be one of those night.”

ANDROS TOWNSEND“When you are 1-0 down you are the team that has more possession. Burnley are similar to us when they go 1-0 up, they are difficult to break down. We created a lot of chances but we could not get through them and they deserve the three points in the end. Any time you play Burnley they are well set up and well-drilled in a 4-4-2. If you don’t score the first goal you know it is going to be a very long night because they defend so well. We created chances but weren’t clinical. Nick Pope is an England international. you expect him to make top saves. We were pushing, throwing everything at them creating carnage but we could not get that all important goal. If we have aspirations of finishing in the top 10 these are the games you have to be winning.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Nick Pope (7.6) while the the most shots were from Chris Wood and Andros Townsend (3). The most tackles were by Josh Brownhill, Patrick van Aanholt and Nathaniel Clyne (3) while Eberechi Eze (5) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 6.66 – 6.51
  • Total shots: 10 – 15
  • Shots on target: 4 – 5
  • Possession: 46.8% – 53.2%
  • Pass success: 74% – 77%
  • Passes: 408 – 452
  • Dribbles: 4 – 13
  • Aerials won: 18 – 24
  • Tackles: 12 – 11
  • Fouls: 13 – 9
  • Corners: 4 – 7
  • Saves: 5 – 3
  • Dispossessed: 7 – 10


Palace have 13 points from 10 games played and sit 10th in the Premier League, level on points with Manchester United in 9th and Arsenal in 11th.


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