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Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace: Chris Wood goal gives Burnley first league win of season

Chris Wood scores for Burnley
Wood’s goal was his second of the season

Burnley secured their first win in the Premier League this season as victory over Crystal Palace at Turf Moor moved them out of the relegation zone.

The Clarets had lost five and drawn two of their first seven games to leave them second from bottom in the table.

However, Chris Wood’s early strike – Burnley’s first goal at home this season – proved the difference, the forward driving home from Jay Rodriguez’s pass after a mistake in the Palace defence.

Palace were without influential forward Wilfried Zaha after he tested positive for coronavirus, and they missed his contribution in attack.

However, they did have the chance to equalise in the first half with on-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi just failing to reach an excellent ball by James McArthur before Nick Pope tipped over Andros Townsend’s powerful effort.

Burnley should have put the game out of Crystal Palace’s reach soon after the restart but Johann Gudmundsson crashed his shot against the crossbar, a miss that almost proved costly soon after when a Dwight McNeil mistake put Batshuayi in on goal but he could not beat Pope.

There was one final chance for Palace to snatch an equaliser but Pope produced a superb save from close range to deny substitute Christian Benteke.

The win moves Burnley up to 17th on five points, one point clear of the relegation zone, while Crystal Palace remain on 13 points in 10th place.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says his team’s first win of the season “has been coming.”

A much-needed win to give Clarets hope

After losing five of their six opening games in the league this season it had looked increasingly likely that Burnley’s five-year stay in the top flight was going to come to an end.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche has steadfastly maintained that his side have looked more like their old selves in recent games even if results suggested otherwise, but this was a performance reminiscent of those seasons when they have surpassed expectations.

They took the very first chance that presented itself to them with Rodriguez pouncing after Cheikhou Kouyate fluffed a clearing header and the forward, restored to the side in place of Ashley Barnes, set up Wood to score his second goal of the season.

Burnley showed good resilience to hold on to their slender lead and secure three important points, particularly before a tough-looking run of fixtures with games against Manchester City, Everton and Arsenal up next.

Dyche said: “It’s a starting point, it’s nice to get that story to calm down a bit when you get that win, it takes your points tally up and you get out of the bottom three for this period but we know there’s lots of work to be done.

“We are getting players fit again, we do look a more rounded squad at the moment, provided everyone stays fit, so that gives you a better platform to build from.”

Palace feel Zaha’s absence

Zaha is undoubtedly a pivotal figure for Palace and the forward has made a particularly good start to this season with five goals and two assists in the eight games he has played.

It is no surprise that prior to Monday’s game the Eagles had lost 13 of their past 15 games without Zaha as in his absence they lack a real cutting edge in attack.

Against Burnley their approach play was good but moves often fell away once they got close to the box, with players either making the wrong pass or not getting into the best positions.

Palace have failed to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League since the opening game of the season, underlining the importance of scoring goals. This result highlighted their need to find a way to do that without putting the weight of expectation on Zaha.

Hodgson, however, disagreed that Palace are too reliant on Zaha, saying: “We’ve scored 12 which is more than we’ve had in previous years after nine games.

“I’ve had two years of listening to people tell us we don’t score enough goals and we don’t have enough goalscorers. There are goals in the team, we do have players who can score and who will score.

“There are 29 games to go and the goals will come and will come from lots of different sources, I’m convinced of that.”

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Clarets the last to finally score at home – the stats

  • Burnley have won back-to-back Premier League games against Palace having lost four consecutive.
  • Burnley have picked up their first Premier League victory of 2020-21, with this their first win in the competition since beating Norwich 2-0 in July (winless in eight prior to today).
  • Palace have kept just one clean sheet in their past 17 Premier League games, conceding in eight consecutive matches since a 1-0 victory against Southampton in September.
  • Wood’s opener for Burnley was their first Premier League goal at Turf Moor this season (278th minute of action and 30th attempt at goal), meaning all sides across the top four tiers of English football have now scored a home goal in 2020-21.
  • Since making his Premier League debut for Burnley (27-08-2017), Wood has scored 36 goals in the competition, at least nine more than any other player for the Clarets.
  • Since the start of 2014-15 (when Zaha rejoined Palace), the Eagles have lost 20 of their 28 Premier League games without the Ivorian, including each of the past seven away from home.
  • Johann Gudmundsson made his 100th Premier League appearance for Burnley this evening becoming the 10th player to reach this milestone for the Clarets in the competition.

What next?

Burnley travel to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday, 28 November (15:00 GMT) while Crystal Palace are at home to Newcastle on Friday, 27 November (20:00 GMT)

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 2LowtonBooked at 86mins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 7GudmundssonSubstituted forBradyat 67′minutesSubstituted forPietersat 84′minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 11McNeil
  • 9Wood
  • 19RodriguezBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 10Barnes
  • 12Brady
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 23Pieters
  • 26Bardsley
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 17Clyne
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 6Dann
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 10Townsend
  • 44RiedewaldSubstituted forSchluppat 67′minutes
  • 18McArthur
  • 25Eze
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forBentekeat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 2Ward
  • 12Sakho
  • 15Schlupp
  • 20Benteke
  • 24Cahill
  • 27Mitchell

Referee:
Kevin Friend

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Burnley 1, Crystal Palace 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Crystal Palace 0.

  3. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Foul by Erik Pieters (Burnley).

  5. Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

  6. Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) with an attempt from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

  7. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Foul by Erik Pieters (Burnley).

  9. Matthew Lowton (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

  12. Attempt missed. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi.

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

  14. Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

  15. Substitution, Burnley. Erik Pieters replaces Robbie Brady because of an injury.

  16. Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

  17. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur.

  19. Hand ball by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

  20. Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross following a set piece situation.

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