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Burnley
2 - 3
Crystal Palace

Turf Moor

Saturday 17th January 2015 @3pm Kick-Off

Attendance: 17,872

Referee:

Burnley suffered a massive blow to their survival hopes despite being 2-0 up after just 16 minutes against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on Saturday thanks to goals from Ben Mee and Danny Ings. The visitors though then staged a remarkable comeback to win 3-2 with a brace from Dwight Gayle and another goal from Jason Puncheon, two players linked with a move to Burnley over the last few weeks! It was a very frustrating, indeed worrying afternoon for the Clarets who have now lost 2-0 leads in two consecutive games. The first one against Spurs at White Hart Lane last Wednesday night in the 4-2 FA Cup Replay defeat was perhaps not that important in the greater scheme of things with Premier League survival top priority but the Palace result was little short of disaster when a win could have eased our relegation worries significantly.

The only good news is that all the other results went our way and we still remain fourth from bottom with none of the bottom three clubs stealing a march. All three bottom clubs also lost. Leicester were defeated 1-0 by Stoke on homesoil to remain at the foot of the club still three points behind the Clarets. Manchester United beat QPR 2-0 at Loftus Road so we remain a point clear of the Rs. The third from bottom club Hull City also went down 3-0 away to West Ham in the Sunday game and remain just ahead of QPR on goal difference. Everton and West Brom could only muster a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park last night and Sunderland too also lost on Saturday 2-0 away to Spurs. So really the only bottom club to gain at our expense was Palace who move up to 13th 3 points ahead of the Clarets! The really annoying thing in Saturday`s six pointer is that could have been us had we not let a 2-0 lead slip so dramatically. There is still all to play for though so let`s not get too downhearted at this stage, we remain only three points behind 12th placed club, Everton and have yet to complete the quartet of games against relegation-threatened teams after the QPR and Palace home games. There will be a week now to recuperate and take stock with the FA Cup weekend coming up and the Clarets no longer involved in the competition. A week this Saturday though, we travel to the Stadium of Light to play Sunderland and if we can recover our confidence and composure that is a very winnable game. The same applies to the one after that with the Baggie the visitors on Sunday 8th February! If only though, if only...grrrr!!!

Team Sheet

Both Jason Shackell (calf) and Kieran Trippier (hamstring strain) were deemed fit enough to start so once again we lined-up in familiar fashion as follows:

Heaton, Trippier, Shackell , Keane, Mee, Arfield, Marney, Jones, Boyd, Ings, Barnes

Subs: Gilks, Reid, Duff, Kightly, Wallace, Sordell, Vokes

Burnley have now played the same starting eleven for the last eight games in the Premier League and if they notch up four more they will equal Birmingham`s all-time record in 2009.

Full Match Report

Staffordshire referee, Phil Dowd got the match underway on a cold, wintery day in Burnley and it all got off to great a start for the Clarets who were ahead after just 12 minutes. A corner swung over deep by Trippier beat everybody but found Ben Mee at the far post and the left-back had the simple task of nodding home to put the Clarets 1-0 up. Four minutes later and Burnley had doubled their lead! It all started with a clearance by Trippier. Scott Arfield and Palace defender, Joel Ward were in a chase to get the ball but the right back who was hoping the ball would go out of play was robbed by Arfield on the line and the Scot then spotted Ings. In acres of space and unmarked, Ings showed his cool to side foot into the net after sending Palace keeper, Speroni the wrong way. Two goals to the good and now it only seemed a matter of how many we could add to that tally! Boy though how Clarets fans got that thought wrong. Burnley somehow took their foot off the accelerator allowing Palace back into the game. Palace looked shell-shocked but somehow raised their spirits in their first real attack by getting a goal back in the 28th minute. A cross from Zaha was deflected by Trippier and the ball fell to Gayle and he rifled the ball home to make it 2-1. Now the Eagles confidence had been restored and it needed Trippier to intervene to prevent them getting the equaliser just five minutes later. A thumping shot by Gayle drilled towards target was cleared off the line by Trippier just as Sanogo looked about to pounce. It was the visitors now who looked in the ascendency and they finished the half the stronger of the two teams despite still being a goal down. A long-range effort from James McArthur was saved by Heaton but the warning signs for the hosts were there as the half-time whistle blew.

Neither manager made any changes for the second-half. The Clarets were soon given a sucker Puncheon though when the winger unleashed a shot from 25 yards out with the second-half just three minutes old to equalise and set the alarm bells ringing. It was a poor goal to concede and the defences were to blame for standing off the winger and allowing him to advance. Twice in two games now we had lost a 2-0 lead and the next goal would probably now be crucial in deciding the outcome of this clash. The Clarets at long last though now responded and began to put the visitors under pressure again. Burnley were boosted when Vokes came on to replace Barnes in the 74th minute but the game was a pretty tight affair now with either side capable of grabbing that next crucial goal. The Clarets looked the most likely to score next though on the evidence of play and they nearly did when Michael Keane latching onto a ball knocked down by Shackell saw his volley from 12 yards out blocked on the line by McArthur. Burnley escaped a scare five minutes from time when substitute Glenn Murray attempted an acrobatic volley from twelve yards out only to see the ball fly off the post. It was heartbreak eventually though for Clarets fans when in the 87th minute Gayle got his brace at the far post after sliding the ball under Heaton to make it 3-2 to the visitors. A miserable day out then for the Clarets on a miserable cold day in Burnley but one we will now all be hoping is not the game that condemns Burnley to the drop.

Match Stats

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Keane, Mee, Arfield, Marney, Jones (Wallace 90+2) Boyd (Sordell 90+1), Barnes (Vokes 74), Ings

Subs Not Used: Gilks, Duff, Reid, Kightly

Goals: Mee 12, Ings 16

Booked: Yellow Card for Shackell (61)

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sanogo (Murray 79), Zaha (Guedioura 70), Gayle, McArthur, Delaney, Ledley, Kelly (Mariappa 84), Puncheon

Subs Not Used: Hangeland, Campbell, Hennessey, Thomas

Goals: Gayle 28, 87, Puncheon 48

Booked: Yellow Cards for Dann (17), Sanogo (75) and Ward (77)

Possession: 51% Burnley, 49% Crystal Palace (Source: BBC Sport)

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Star Player

This is a difficult one to call, encouraging signs to get 2-0 up but then it all fell apart and the second half in particular was a lacklustre performance by the Clarets. Whether the 4-2 defeat to Spurs in the FA Cup affected confidence remains to be seen but something was lacking compared to recent league games. Nobody would rate more than perhaps six out of ten. Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier were probably the best of the bunch. I will give it Ings because of his goal but 'Star Player` is a little overegging it!!

Dyche Deliberation

'I'm disappointed with the performance. It wasn't up to our standards. Even at 2-0 I didn't think we were operating in the right manner.

'There are many lessons. The simple one is if you're not on top of your game for every minute, you get hurt. There were some good signs but generally we didn't operate in the way we're used to.'


Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Tuesday January 20 2015
Time: 10:56AM

Comments

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Just a miserable weekend all round on a cold,winter's day in Burnley. My car got thumped from behind by a car that couldn't stop on ice going down hill into Burnley. Bumper absorbed most of it thankfully but a few scary moments ahead of game! Fell on my arse on ice coming home yesterday too just before getting in car! Cut my finger breaking my fall and because I'm on warfarin fecker wouldn't stop bleeding. Blood everywhere in car. Next windscreen washers frozen n wouldn't work for about hour on road with salt n grime on windscreen building up on M62 n bright sun in eyes making it worse! Was this a good weekend? Hell no
turfmanphil
20/01/2015 11:01:00
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My Phil you did have a Bad time. Even though we had no bumbs or slips trips or falls. (some near misses) Weekend ruined by that team of ours. Still really flat about it now 3 days later 2 up and we mucked up at home against one of our rivals for avoiding the trap door. oooh the pain.
Grimsby Claret
20/01/2015 12:08:00
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I know GC, gutted! We could have gone 13th had we won that one!! Still trying to work out whether we lost the lot or Palace just played bloody well in the end!
turfmanphil
20/01/2015 13:44:00
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Sorry to hear about your misadventures, tmp. And I'm still gutted too. How close was Keano to making it 3-2 instead of 2-3? I am sure it will be a weekend you will never forget. Have you ever read the book of Job in the bible? I think this was your Job weekend! But let's keep the faith like he did, and hope that for Bfc and the rest of us the weekend's horrors eventually pales into insignificance.
Couch Potato
20/01/2015 16:37:00
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Sorry to hear about all your bad luck TMP.As for the rest of you CHEER UP.My weekend cheered up when my tv dish took to the skies in the howling wind right in the middle of Match of the Day...the only consolation was I missed highlights of the clarets match & that dreaded panel!!!I'll be much more depressed if Sunderland beat us...so i live in hope,which I have being doing all season...so nothing has changed.I still think we looked a tired team and hopefully the break will sort things out & bring the smile back on my face.I think Palace were the better side on the day as we switched off...which was due to lack of concentration & energy due to being drained.Your comments on this please.We also lack depth in centre midfield and probably pace.However i live in hope & 3 points against Sund.& i'll watch Match of the Day again!!!UTC.
Irishclaret
20/01/2015 18:18:00
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