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Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

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Palace 'feared the worst but braved the test'

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says his side are still "looking to survive" despite Bakary Sako's winner against Burnley at Selhurst Park moving them five points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Sako cut in powerfully from the left following good work by Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, before drilling a left-footed shot that went straight through Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope for his second goal in as many games.

Hodgson accepted Palace could "look at the league table for a week or two", but when pressed on whether he was looking up after beating the seventh-placed Clarets, he said: "No. We are looking to survive."

Hodgson, whose side have lost just once in their past 12 league games, added: "We will be delighted if at the end of the season we are a point above the relegation zone. We will never waver from that."

Palace had chances to make their margin of victory bigger - Ben Mee clearing from under his own crossbar, with James McArthur lurking, after Zaha hooked the ball over Pope.

Benteke wasted a third Palace chance in quick succession when heading narrowly over from Luka Milivojevic's corner, before Ashley Barnes saw his shot the edge of the area tipped over by Wayne Hennessey at the other end.

The visitors introduced new loan signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou in search of an equaliser, but the second half lacked the attacking quality of the first, as Sam Vokes and then Benteke put efforts into the side-netting.

Tempers flared late on when Charlie Taylor sent Zaha tumbling into a pitchside television camera and cameramen, but calm was restored, and referee Michael Oliver deemed a booking for Taylor was punishment enough.

Palace lay down a marker

Bakary Sako celebrates his goal against Burnley
Bakary Sako has now scored six goals in all competitions this season - more than any other Palace player

Palace's previous meeting with Burnley brought about the end of Hodgson's predecessor, Frank de Boer, so this was a real marker for their progress under the former England boss.

Under the 70-year-old's stewardship, the south London club have taken 25 points from 19 games. They had none - and had not even scored a goal - in their first seven matches.

After the reverse fixture, Palace chairman Steve Parish caused a stir by asking his Twitter followers: "Who has the better squad, us or Burnley?". On the evidence of this match, it was clearly the former.

They hustled Burnley and looked the more likely to score the game's second goal, with Zaha's passing carving open Sean Dyche's side on a number of occasions and Timothy Fosu-Mensah delivering in both defence and attack.

And this from a side who started the match without eight first-team regulars, including Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mamadou Sakho.

Has Burnley's bubble burst?

Last Saturday's FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City was a rare humbling for Dyche's Burnley this season.

The manager will have wanted a response from his side, and should feel they gave him one despite being unable to take advantage of what few chances they did create.

However, that cup exit combined with a run of six league games without a win, has seen hopes of keeping pace with the top six dwindle over the past month.

It is a mark of Burnley's performances this season that their winless run is such a talking point but, though they remain seventh, they have lost their first three competitive matches of a calendar year for the first time since 1987 - and have a meeting with Manchester United at Turf Moor next.

Dyche said he was "not concerned" by their latest defeat, but more of a worry - and surely something that is in the minds of future opponents - is the fact the Clarets are now winless in all 49 Premier League matches under Dyche when they have conceded the opening goal, losing 40 of those.

'We're looking up - for now' - what they said

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "It was a massive three points. We knew it would be very, very tough.

"We knew they would get stronger and more questions would be asked of our back four and goalkeeper. I'm delighted we were able to withstand that test. They are very good at what they do - a strong team, a physical team."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "I think overall we deserved something from the game - a draw really. It was a bit of a ding dong - them better in the first half, us in the second.

"It is a fact we are six without a win. We are Burnley Football Club, we are progressing. We won three out of four just before that. If you mix it up over the season we are moving forward. You have to be the right side of the margins and we just haven't been this month."

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley: Sean Dyche pleased with his team's mentality

Pass master Hennessey? - the stats

  • Crystal Palace's victory was their 50th at home in the Premier League.
  • The Eagles have now kept consecutive home clean sheets in the Premier League - having had just one in their previous 14 at Selhurst Park.
  • Sako has scored more goals in all competitions than any other Crystal Palace player, with his strike on Saturday being his sixth of the season.
  • Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made more passes than any other Crystal Palace player in the match (36).
  • Only Southampton (10) are on a longer winless run in the Premier League than Burnley (six).

Man of the match - Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace)

Bakary Sako challenges James Tarkowski for the ball
As well as scoring the only goal, Sako contributed in defence, regaining possession seven times - more than any other Palace player

What's next?

Palace will swap south London for north London in their next Premier League fixture, as they travel to Arsenal on Saturday, 20 January (15:00 GMT). Burnley host Manchester United at Turf Moor at the same time.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 34Kelly
  • 5Tomkins
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 11Zaha
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 44Riedewald
  • 18McArthur
  • 17Benteke
  • 26Sako

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 7Cabaye
  • 14Lee Chung-yong
  • 23Souaré
  • 25Kaikai
  • 27Delaney
  • 29Wan-Bissaka

Burnley

  • 29Pope
  • 26BardsleyBooked at 83mins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3TaylorBooked at 85mins
  • 4Cork
  • 16DefourBooked at 42mins
  • 17Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forWellsat 85'minutes
  • 13HendrickSubstituted forNkoudouat 63'minutes
  • 10Barnes
  • 9Vokes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 7Nkoudou
  • 18Westwood
  • 19Walters
  • 21Wells
  • 22Lindegaard
  • 28Long
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
24,696

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Burnley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Burnley 0.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Defour with a cross.

Foul by Phil Bardsley (Burnley).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Burnley. James Tarkowski tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Tomkins (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Nahki Wells replaces Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Booking

Charlie Taylor (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Taylor (Burnley).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Defour.

Booking

Phil Bardsley (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Jack Cork (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Phil Bardsley (Burnley).

Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Charlie Taylor (Burnley) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bakary Sako with a cross.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

goal

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