- Barnes at the death
- Burnley up 2-0 by 15′
- Wickham pulls one back
- Benteke nabs equalizer
Shocking defending put Crystal Palace down 2-0, and a valiant comeback was betrayed by that same defense in a 3-2 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke had leveled things for the visitors, but a 94th minute counter attack had Palace at the proverbial sixes and sevens as Ashley Barnes pushed a winner past Steve Mandanda.
Sam Vokes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored the opening goals for Burnley, who rise to ninth in the table with 14 points. Palace sinks 15th, with 11 points.
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Palace’s defense was all over the place on the opening goal. Despite a cross hit too far and a less-than-ideal hit at goal, Vokes was able to bundle in the opener to make it 1-0 in the second minute.
And, oh, Steve Mandanda. After a strong save by Tom Heaton at the other end, Burnley’s Vokes slipped Gudmundsson in on goal. Mandanda’s parry of the Burnley man’s rip bounced into the net.
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Palace pulled within a goal when substitute Wickham took Wilfried Zaha‘s cross with style to make it 2-1. And Benteke finished a penalty kick opportunity to make honors even before Barnes’ surprising late goal.