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Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 3
By Burnley FC
March 2 2019

A first home defeat since Boxing Day further slowed the Clarets’ momentum as Crystal Palace took the chance to close in on Premier League safety. 

 The sides started the day level on points, but while Burnley still have work to do to keep the bottom three at arm’s length, Palace can continue to breath more easily thanks to a sixth away win of the season.

 The margin of victory might have been flattering as Palace won with a Phil Bardsley own-goal and second-half efforts from Michy Batshuayi and Wilfried Zaha with two of their first three shots on target.

 But while Sean Dyche’s men had no shortage of possession or territorial advantage they couldn’t make it count on a frustrating afternoon.

 And the Clarets could have no complaints at a second defeat in a row as they didn’t test Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey enough until the dying moments when Ashley Barnes reduced the deficit and Peter Crouch was denied his first Burnley goal by a fine save from the Wales international.

 Palace’s away record is better than that at Selhurst Park – where they beat the Clarets at the start of December during Burnley’s mid-winter struggles.

 Dyche’s side is currently a different proposition but still fell behind from the visitors’ first meaningful attack with a quarter of an hour gone.

 There was a huge of slice of luck needed, however, for Palace to extend their scoring record away from home to a ninth successive game.

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Match Report