Revealed: January 14, 2018 9:05 am
Crystal Palace continued their stand up the Premier League desk by beating Burnley 1-Zero with a first-half purpose from Bakary Sako at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Sako’s angled left-foot drive within the 21st minute was sufficient to take Palace to 12th on 25 factors, 5 above the relegation zone after they made the worst begin to a top-flight English league marketing campaign with no factors or objectives after seven matches.
“It was a massive three points,” mentioned Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson. “We knew it would be very, very tough. In the first half we created chances to make life more comfortable for us in the second half.” Burnley have gone six league matches and not using a win however stay seventh within the standings on 34 factors from 23 video games.
“Second half, we were at least decent and I thought we deserved to scratch a draw,” mentioned Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche. “The margins were tight when we were winning games and the margins are tight now. Second half, we really took it on today.”
Palace have been the superior aspect all through the primary half and deservedly took the lead when Sako side-stepped Phil Bardsley within the left channel and drilled a strong shot previous keeper Nick Pope for his seventh purpose of the season in all competitions.
The hosts virtually doubled the benefit two minutes later after Wilfried Zaha pounced on a sloppy back-pass and hooked previous Pope, however Burnley defender Ben Mee scampered fantastically to beat James McArthur to the unfastened ball and clear.
Palace’s unmarked Christian Benteke then headed over from a nook, and Burnley virtually punished his profligacy when Sam Vokes headed large and Ashley Barnes half-volleyed over in fast succession on a quick foray ahead for the guests.
However Palace have been quickly again on the entrance foot and spurned two extra possibilities earlier than the interval, Benteke flicking Patrick van Aanholt’s scuffed left-foot shot straight at Pope and Sako volleying narrowly large from a Timothy Fosu-Mensah cross.
Burnley began the second half much better and will have equalised by means of headers from Vokes after which Barnes, however each strikers steered their efforts large.
Sako additionally wasted a effective headed likelihood and Zaha had a close-range shot blocked as each groups traded assaults and a second purpose started to look more and more inevitable.
Benteke regarded sure to attain when he rose to satisfy Sako’s left-wing cross within the 69th however once more he proved why he solely has one purpose to his identify this season by floating his header large.
Burnley piled ahead within the final 5 minutes and virtually snatched an equaliser within the 87th when Vokes solely simply failed to attach with James Tarkowski’s low cross. Benteke hit the side-netting on a counter-attack as one other likelihood went begging for the Belgium striker, purchase Palace noticed out added time to seal their second successive league win.