Clarets edge winless Eagles

Burnley managed to claim a 1-0 victory over the luckless Crystal Palace in their Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

  • Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0
  • Wood opens the scoring
  • Dann misses late sitter
  • Clarets move up to seventh
  • Palace winless after four games

Match Summary

Chris Wood's third-minute strike proved the difference as the Clarets held onto their slender lead to make it two wins in the new campaign.

Palace had 23 shots at goal but failed to find the back of the net – they remain the only team in the top flight yet to record a three-point haul after four games.

Full Report

The Eagles arrived in Lancashire under severe pressure having lost their opening three matches, conceding six and scoring none, while the hosts were growing in confidence following a 1-1 draw at Tottenham last time out.

Palace boss Frank De Boer in particular has come under scrutiny for his playing style. The Dutchman's tactical set-up has been possession-based football and having inherited Sam Allardyce's squad known for a more direct style, the weaknesses have been evident.

But the manner in which they conceded was baffling, when winger Lee Chung-yong's terrible back-pass was intercepted by Burnley new-boy Wood to clip the ball beyond the onrushing Wayne Hennessey.

With their third-minute lead, the Clarets were set up to frustrate the visitors as an old fashioned centre-forward pairing of Wood and Sam Vokes provided Sean Dyche's side a direct outlet for long balls over the top.

The Eagles toiled away 65% possession as Christian Benteke led the line but their lack of confidence was telling as only five shots were on target from the 23 attempts throughout the fixture.

Nonetheless, Scott Dann's last-minute miss from two yards out summed up the state of affairs De Boer and his Palace team find themselves in – with yet another defeat recorded.

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