Palace Continue Unbeaten Run But Held By Burnley In Six Goal Thriller

The Eagles defensive frailties from set pieces were once again highlighted as the hosts took advantage in a game that could have been wrapped up by half time, but a sloppy second forty-five sees points fairly shared.


20th November 2021


Burnley 3-3 Crystal Palace


Turf Moor, Harry Potts Way, Burnley, Lancashire BB10 4BX


Referee: Simon Hooper. Assistants: Dan Robathan, Derek Eaton. Fourth official: David Webb. VAR: Graham Scott. Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup


BOOKINGS – James Tarkowski (22), Wilfried Zaha (22), Christian Benteke (59), Ashley Westwood (70), Michael Olise (91)

RED CARD – none


Christian Benteke (8, 36), Ben Mee (19), Chris Wood (27), Marc Guehi (42), Maxwel Cornet (49)


Joachim Andersen (8), Ashley Westwood (19), James Tarkowski (27, 49), Conor Gallagher (36)


The impressive unbeaten run continues for Palace but Patrick Vieira will be all too well aware this was three points that got away from his side courtesy of some slack defending at set pieces and an average second half performance. It was clear the Eagles missed the combative James McArthur in midfield who has been in fine form this season but there is more than enough in this squad of players to cover for the ageing midfielder. Having said that, a point on the road in the Premier League is decent and the South London revolution continues.


1 Vicente Guaita (6), 2 Joel Ward (6), 16 Joachim Andersen (7), 6 Marc Guehi (7), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (6), 23 Conor Gallagher (8), 8 Cheikhou Kouyate (6), 4 Luka Milivojevic (6), 11 Wilfried Zaha (6), 9 Jordan Ayew (6), 20 Christian Benteke (9)

SUBSTITUTES – 1 Jack Butland, 5 James Tomkins, 7 Michael Olise (6 – replaced Ayew on 58 mins), 10 Eberechi Eze, 12 Will Hughes, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (6 – replaced Gallagher on 81 mins), 17 Nathaniel Clyne, 22 Odsonne Edouard (6 – replaced Milivojevic on 87 mins), 34 Martin Kelly


1 Pope, 2 Lowton, 5 Tarkowski, 6 Mee, 3 Taylor, 7 Gudmundsson, 18 Westwood, 8 Brownhill, 11 McNeil, 9 Wood, 20 Cornet

SUBSTITUTES – 4 Cork, 13 Hennessey, 17 Lennon, 19 Rodriguez (replaced Wood on 80 mins), 22 Collins, 23 Pieters, 26 Bardsley, 27 Vydra (replaced Cornet on 84 mins), 28 Long


PATRICK VIEIRA – “It is not easy to go 2-1 down and then 3-2 up. We showed character and personality. We created chances and at times we didn’t make the best decisions to be more effective. We are improving, getting better but we are quite happy to go back with a point. The save from Guaita was important for us not to lose that game. The referee had a tough game and at the end he made the right decision. Both managers can complain at the referee but I thought he was fair to both sides. We want to win football matches but we leave with a point from a difficult place.”

SEAN DYCHE“Not sending Andersen off was ridiculous. Wood is going through but somehow they think he just fell on the floor. It’s a mixed bag from the referees this season but the fact that doesn’t get given is bizarre to me. We’ve had one loss in seven and had a lot of draws but there’s plenty of belief in what we’re doing so I’m really pleased with the result.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Benteke (9.3) who also had the most shots (3). The most tackles were made by Charlie Taylor and Dwight McNeil (3) while Wilfried Zaha and Dwight McNeil (2) had the most dribbles.  

  • Team rating: 6.90 – 6.68
  • Total shots: 13 – 17
  • Shots on target: 8 – 8
  • Possession: 38.8% – 61.2%
  • Pass success: 68% – 81%
  • Passes: 308 – 482
  • Dribbles: 6 – 6
  • Aerials won: 28 – 13
  • Tackles: 15 – 6
  • Fouls: 14 – 15
  • Corners: 1 – 6
  • Saves: 5 – 6
  • Dispossessed: 2 – 7


At the final whistle, Palace were 9th in the Premier League with 16 points from 12 games played, a point behind Brighton in 8th and level on points with Spurs in 10th.


27/11/21 Aston Villa (h) – Premier League (3pm)

30/11/21 Leeds United (a) – Premier League (8.15pm)

05/12/21 Manchester United (a) – Premier League (2pm)



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