Crystal Palace ends the race without victories with the victory at Burnley
BURNLEY (England): Wilfried Zaha shone by crystal Palace while finishing a streak of five without winning Premier league games with a 2-0 victory at Burnley on Saturday.
Zaha's goals in the halftime hit and a 78-minute hit by substitute Jeffrey Schlupp secured victory for Roy Hodgson's team on a cold afternoon at Turf Moor, but were helped by Burnley's mistakes for both goals.
It was a vital victory for Palace, which had lost its last three games, and manager Roy Hodgson felt it was only a reward after a series of difficult games.
It was an impressive and important victory after the streak of games we've had, said Hodgson, whose team had lost to the top four in the league in their winless streak.
I don't think we had a bad form or that we played badly in recent games, so it was important for me to keep the players believing that the form doesn't necessarily match the results.
Burnley didn't have suspended midfielder Ashley Westwood as Irish end Robbie Brady had a weird start.
Brady created an opening for striker Ashley Barnes, but could not control the ball inside the area and the opportunity wasted. Sean Dyche's team then lost to left back Charlie Taylor for a hamstring injury in the 36th minute and the Clarets struggled to deal with Palace's quick breaks, particularly with Zaha tormenting Phil Bardsley. Jordan Ayew had an effort rejected offside in the 38th minute, but Palace took the lead in the halftime blow when the complicated Zaha intervened from the left and his low blow beat Nick Pope on the near post.
Burnley should have tied at 58 minutes when a bad header from Cheikhou Kouyate fell directly on Chris Wood in the area, but the New Zealand striker fired a high and wide shot.
Palace concluded the victory in the 78th minute when the clearance of failed blows by Burnley defender Ben Mee fell to Schlupp, who shot under Pope, struck again at his nearby post.
It was more frustrating than disappointing. I am not disappointed because I thought we played well. The frustration comes from not taking risks, said Dyche, whose side is facing the Manchester City champion on Tuesday.
Palace stayed fit and broke and we didn't deal with those breaks today. Sometimes you think it wasn't your day, but you have to take a risk and we don't take advantage of them today.