Brave Burnley leapfrog Palace

Burnley just about secured their Premier League status for another season after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

  • Crystal Palace 0 Burnley 2
  • Barnes denied brace
  • Zaha denied penalty
  • Heaton solid in goal
  • Gray secures first away win

Match Summary

The Clarets scored in each half as they recorded their first away win of the season. Ashley Barnes opened the scoring with an early close-range strike, before Andre Gray put the result beyond doubt in the 85th minute.

The win saw them leapfrog the Eagles in the table, and improve their chances of playing a second successive season of top-flight football in more than 40 years. 

Full Report

Palace controlled the opening exchanges, after they won four corners in the first two minutes.

Shortly after, Tom Heaton was required to make a flying save in the fifth minute after a strong strike from Christian Benteke.

But it was the visitors who took a rare early lead away from home through Barnes. The forward took two swipes; the second squeezed through Wayne Hennessey's legs and into the back of the net.

Barnes thought he had completed a brace in the 16th minute, but referee Robert Madley disallowed the goal due to a handball from the goal-scorer.

The ball fell almost on the penalty spot for Luka Milivojevic from a Palace corner in the 36th minute, but his shot sailed wide.

Two minutes later, the action was in the opposite box. Sam Vokes sent Hennessey diving to his left with a close-range header, but the Eagles keeper did enough.

Both teams were quiet either side of half-time, before Milivojevic tried his luck with a long-range attempt which was easily dealt with by Heaton.

Damien Delaney got his body in a horizontal position to volley goalward in the 64th minute, and forced Heaton to leap to his right and tip the ball over the crossbar.

Vokes thought he was away and one-on-one with Hennessey 10 minutes later, and it would have been the case were it not for some excellent defence from Martin Kelly. The defender worked hard to get back and close down any space Vokes had and forced a corner.

Wilfried Zaha, who was unhappy with the refereeing on multiple occasions, was denied a penalty for a Jon Flanagan challenge – a decision which drew loud boos from the home fans, and frustration for manager Sam Allardyce.

In the 85th minute Sean Dyche and the visiting fans had reason to celebrate. George Boyd intercepted a pas and played a long ball through to Andre Gray, who sprinted along the right-hand edge of the box and found space between Hennessey and the upright to seal a first away win of the campaign for the Clarets.