2019-20 English Premier League
  • Wilfried Zaha (45'+1')
  • Jeff Schlupp (78')

Palace end winless run with victory at Burnley

Crystal Palace ended a winless run of five Premier League games with a 2-0 victory at Burnley on Saturday.

Jordan Ayew had an effort disallowed for offside in the 38th minute but Palace grabbed the lead at Turf Moor on the stroke of halftime when Wilfried Zaha cut in from the left and his low strike beat Burnley keeper Nick Pope at the near post.

Burnley should have drawn level in the 58th minute when a poor header from Cheikhou Kouyate fell straight to Chris Wood in the box, but the New Zealand striker wasted the chance, blasting high and wide.

Palace wrapped up the win in the 78th minute when Burnley defender Ben Mee's mishit clearance fell to substitute Jeffrey Schlupp, who fired low past Pope to beat the keeper again at his near post.

"It was an impressive and important victory after the run of games we've had," said Palace boss Roy Hodgson, whose side had lost to all of the league's top four in their winless streak.

"I don't think we've been in bad form or played poorly in recent games, so it was important for me to keep the players believing that you don't necessarily equate form with results."

Burnley were without suspended midfielder Ashley Westwood as Irish winger Robbie Brady was given a rare start.

Brady created an opening for striker Ashley Barnes but he failed to control the ball inside the area and the opportunity was wasted. Sean Dyche's side then lost left back Charlie Taylor to a hamstring injury in the 36th minute and the Clarets struggled to deal with Palace's quick breaks, particularly with Zaha tormenting Phil Bardsley.

"It was more frustrating than disappointing. I am not disappointed because I thought we played well. The frustration comes with not taking our chances," said Dyche, whose side face champions Manchester City on Tuesday.

"Palace stayed in shape and broke and we did not deal with those breaks today. Sometimes you think it was not your day but you have to take your chances and we did not take them today."

English Premier League Standings

1 Liverpool 26 +46 76
2 Manchester City 25 +36 51
3 Leicester City 26 +28 50
4 Chelsea 26 +7 41
5 Tottenham Hotspur 26 +9 40
6 Sheffield United 26 +4 39
7 Manchester United 26 +9 38
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 +3 36
9 Everton 26 -4 36
10 Arsenal 26 +2 34
11 Burnley 26 -9 34
12 Southampton 26 -16 31
13 Newcastle United 26 -16 31
14 Crystal Palace 26 -9 30
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -7 27
16 AFC Bournemouth 26 -14 26
17 Aston Villa 26 -16 25
18 West Ham United 25 -13 24
19 Watford 26 -16 24
20 Norwich City 26 -24 18