A dominant performance from the Eagles saw them claim their first win at home this season and additionally their first points since late October.
From start to finish the South London side were the more dominant of the two struggling teams and if not for poor finishing could’ve certainly scored 4 or maybe 5 more on the day.
Max Meyer forced a fine save from Joe Hart down low to his left minutes into the game, before James McArthur’s cross come shot found its way off the post, into the bottom right hand corner on the 16th Minute. This was in fact Palace’s first goal from open play at home this season, a stat that highlights the Eagles goal scoring deficiency as of late.
After the restart Palace were again on top. Wilfried Zaha had two excellent chances within the space of 5 minutes. The first was a shot tipped over the bar from a tight angle after some excellent footwork in the box and the second, a swift counter attacking move after a mistake from Burnley which was blazed over by the Ivorian. This game definitely showcased the best of Zaha who was awarded Man of the Match. Running at defenders, creating chances and showing excellent skill at times, in truth he could have had a hattrick but a single goal was all that was missing from his impressive performance today.
Man of the Match contender Andros Townsend then sealed the result in the 77th minute after assisting James McArthur’s earlier goal. A peach of an effort from the right hand side of the 18 yard box found its way past Joe Hart in to the top hand corner of the net.
This was a very impressive performance from Crystal Palace that indeed continues a trend of noticeably improved turnouts despite the underwhelming start to the season so far. The credit will undoubtedly go to all the attacking players such as Zaha, Meyer and Townsend who created a lot for palace today. But Burnley also only had 2 shots to Palace’s 20, both of which were off target so the usual defence of Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho and Patrick Van Aanholt was also marshelled the Burnley strikeforce well and was very impressive today.
The eagles rise to 14th in the table on 12 points whilst Burnley slip to the penultimate 19th place on 9 points. Next up for Palace they play Burnely away on Tuesday night.
Van Aanholt (8)
McArthur (8) (Schlupp ’78 (6))
Meyer (8) (Puncheon ’90+2 (6)
Townsend (9) (Sorloth ’88 (6)