- Barnes scores in 8th minute
- Gray nabs substitute goal
- Clarets eight points clear of drop
- Palace one point behind Burnley
It took 18 tries, but Burnley’s first road win of the season came at a very good time.
Ashley Barnes‘ early goal sent Burnley over Crystal Palace in Saturday’s game at Selhurst Park and on the table with a 2-0 win.
Andre Gray came off the bench to finish the scoring in the 85th minute.
Burnley rises to 14th place with 39 points, one ahead of now 16th place Palace.
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Palace was on the front foot for the first five minutes, but Burnley found the opener when Ashley Barnes couldn’t redirect Stephen Ward‘s with his cross first touch but kept the ball at his feet long enough to score through Wayne Hennessey‘s legs.
The game was delayed when James Tarkowski was hit in the head with a projectile during the celebration, but was able to stay in the game.
Barnes had a second goal taken back for a handball after he settled the ball with his arm before beating Hennessey low.
The Clarets were tricky to break down. On one sequence after the half-hour mark, Burnley smothered space until Patrick Van Aanholt‘s shot from the left was blocked away from danger.
Luka Milivojević fired a prime shot wide of the frame in the 36th minute.
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The Clarets were stout after the break, and Palace’s effective wingmen Zaha and Andros Townsend remained lively but grew frustrated by aggressive treatment from Burnley.
Damien Delaney hit a classy side volley on goal in the 65th minute that Heaton palmed out for a corner, which Burnley handled well.
Jon Flanagan caused penalty shouts for Palace when he jabbed his leg between Zaha’s and was adjudged to have caught ball.
That’s when Sean Dyche brought Andre Gray into the game for Barnes.
Remy cued up Zaha for a curling rip in the 81st, but Matthew Lowton blocked it over the goal.
Gray raced onto a long ball in the 85th minute, curling his finish around Hennessey to cement the three points.