Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Emphatic Eagles Move Step Closer to Safety

Crystal Palace's bid for Premier League survival was handed a huge boost on Saturday as they ran out 3-1 winners against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Burnley began brightly, but found themselves 1-0 down after 15 minutes as Jeffrey Schlupp's cross was inadvertently sent past Tom Heaton by a helpless Phil Bardsley. The hosts pressed hard for an equaliser, with Chris Wood coming closest, but Palace preserved their fortuitous lead heading into the break, despite not managing a shot on target in the entire half.

However, Palace certainly stepped their game up in the second half and soon doubled their lead as Michy Batshuayi sent a powerful shot crashing past Heaton. Their influence on the game grew, and an excellent strike from Wilfried Zaha gave Palace a deserved 3-0 lead. A late Ashley Barnes goal ensured a nerve-wracking finale, but Palace hung on and took all three points.

Check out our breakdown of the game below.


Key Talking Point

Let's not overreact. This was by no means an abysmal performance by ​Burnley. However, it was utterly lifeless and uninspiring. Sean Dyche's side created plenty of chances, but few were clear-cut. Instead, they settled for ambitious headers and disappointing crosses.

Burnley's season has been plagued by inconsistency. Positive results against the likes of ​Manchester United and ​Tottenham Hotspur mean absolutely nothing if the Clarets fall to defeats against ​Palace and ​Newcastle United.


​​In fact, the only consistent thing about Burnley in recent weeks has been their team sheet. Dyche has fielded the same starting lineup in seven of their last eight fixtures - time for a change?

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Heaton (6); Bardsley (5), Tarkowski (6), Mee (6), Taylor (6); Hendrick (5), Westwood (6), Cork (6), McNeil (6); Barnes (7*), Wood (6).

Substitutes: Gudmundsson (6), Brady (6), Crouch (N/A).

Star Man - Ashley Barnes

Burnley lacked any real spark at Turf Moor, but that certainly was not down to lack of effort from Ashley Barnes. The striker was a constant menace, although regularly found himself lacking a finishing touch.

He worked tirelessly to try claw Burnley back into the game, and his late consolation goal was a deserved reward for the 29-year-old, who has now managed five goals in his last six Premier League games.

His efforts did not go unnoticed by Burnley fans, who expressed their delight at Barnes' performance on Twitter.



Key Talking Point

For the first half of the season, many criticised Palace's lack of goalscoring threat. Strikers were inefficient, and ​Wilfried Zaha was expected to carry the team far too often. However, goals do not look like a problem anymore, and that is largely down to the loan signing of ​Michy Batshuayi.

The Belgian has struggled for consistency in recent years, but his goalscoring pedigree is rarely questioned. Batshuayi took the ​Bundesliga by storm last season, and he is threatening to do the same in England. This was his second goal in three starts for Palace, who look to be much more confident in the knowledge that they have a reliable poacher in the penalty area.


​​Opposing defenders are forced to take notice of him, which gifts Zaha plenty of space in which to work his magic. The duo have already formed an impressive partnership, and all signs suggest Palace will have few issues in front of goal for the remainder of the season.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Hennessey (5); Wan-Bissaka (6), Dann (8*), Tomkins (6), van Aanholt (6); Meyer (5), Kouyate (5), Milivojevic (5), Schlupp (6); Zaha (7), Batshuayi (7).

Substitutes: McArthur (6), Benteke (N/A), Townsend (N/A).

Star Man - Scott Dann

In the first half, Palace needed to show real composure and determination to fend off a determined Burnley side, and that is exactly what they got from Scott Dann. The 32-year-old was handed his first start of the season in ​Mamadou Sakho's absence, but any fears of rustiness were quickly eradicated.

Dann barely put a foot wrong all game, winning countless battles both in the air and on the ground to keep Burnley at bay. The highlight of Dann's performance came shorty after the break, as he executed a stunning last-ditch challenge to prevent Barnes from giving the hosts a lifeline in the game early in the second half.

It was an excellent performance from Dann, and fans took to Twitter to praise the experienced centre-back.



Looking Ahead

Burnley will be looking to bounce back from this disappointing result as soon as possible, but they will face another tough test when they travel to Anfield to face ​Liverpool on Sunday.

As for Palace, they will host ​Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, as they seek to keep up their impressive form on their rise up the league table.

Source : 90min