Eighteenth time lucky! The Clarets finally registered an away win for the season, as they ran out 2-0 victors at Selhurst Park.
Goals from Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray were enough to seal all three points, which all but secures our Premier League status for next season.
From minute one to minute 90, it was a strong performance from Burnley and they were good value for the three points.
Here, I will rate yesterday’s starting 11 on a scale of 1-10…
Tom Heaton: 8 – Didn’t have an awful lot to do, but produced a world class save to deny Delaney an equaliser. Saved smartly from Benteke early on.
Matt Lowton: 8 – Handled the threat of Zaha and Townsend well. Never really looked threatened and nearly created a goal with a great cross to Vokes in the first half.
Michael Keane: 9 – Won everything in the air and kept Benteke’s chances to a bare minimum. Kept his position very well and put his body on the line.
James Tarkowski: 9 MOM – Big boots to fill standing in for Ben Mee, but he was outstanding yesterday. Slotted in well alongside Keane and looked accomplished. Top performance.
Stephen Ward: 8 – In his brief time on the field, he did very well. He nullified the threat of the Palace wingers and claimed an assist for Barnes’ goal. (Replaced by Flanagan, 7 )
George Boyd: 8 – Offered his usual hard work and helped out the full backs for the entirety of the match. Sublime pass to set Gray up for the second goal.
Jeff Hendrick: 8 – Very tidy in possession and most of his work seems to have gone unnoticed by Burnley fans. Kept his shape very well in midfield, alongside a new partner in Westwood.
Ashley Westwood: 9 – Very impressive in his first game back. His use of the ball was brilliant yesterday and he looks to have a very good relationship with Hendrick.
Scott Arfield: 7 – Helped out Flanagan and Ward throughout the game. Did try to join in the attacks, but seemed to be sidetracked by Zaha’s threat.
Sam Vokes: 8 – Held the ball up well, bringing others into play. Unlucky not to get on the score sheet, as his performance probably merited a goal.
Ashley Barnes: 8 – Like Vokes, he held the ball up well and was a nuisance up front. Ran himself into the ground and took his goal well.