Palace problems indicate Premier League's strength, says Burnley boss Dyche

  • Palace problems indicate Premier League's strength, says Burnley boss Dyche

Palace problems indicate Premier League's strength, says Burnley boss Dyche

Crystal Palace claimed their first home win of the Premier League season as James McArthur's fluke goal and a stunner from Andros Townsend condemned Burnley to a 2-0 defeat.

Burnley, without a win since the end of September, lacked any confidence on the ball and made for the flawless opponent for the Eagles to get back on track.

The home side dominated from start-to-finish.

"We've got a hard period now, and we've got a lot of games in a short space of time", Townsend said.

But despite seeing his side create chance-after-chance, Hodgson had to wait until the 78th minute before the result was finally put out of Burnley's reach, Andros Townsend scoring Palace's second of the afternoon with an unstoppable shot.

He endured a tough and disrupted pre-season, picking up no points in seven matches before being replaced.

Roy Hodgson kept the same team which had performed brilliantly at Manchester United a week prior and were unlucky not to leave with all three points.

McArthur's cross-shot after 16 minutes provided the hosts with an early advantage, and they could have scored at least five goals - with Joe Hart making three fine saves and Wilfried Zaha hitting the crossbar - before Townsend's spectacular strike in the closing stages.

Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic wasted a great chance when the ball fell to him alone in the box but he screwed his shot wide.

The Clarets finished a dizzying seventh last season, but were desperately out of sorts against a Palace side, who until Saturday's fixture, had failed to score a single goal at home from open play this term.

The winger latched on to Cheikhou Kouyate's lofted ball forward into the right channel and then cut inside on his left foot.

"We went beyond that last season, and maybe that will have a positive effect in the psyche of both the players and the fans".

And Dyche acknowledged that, although he can not question his side's effort, Burnley lack cohesion and focus to their play, and used a boxing analogy to describe the Clarets' troubles.

"To get the eye of the tiger back, a boxer has to get back in the gym".

"We've got to back ourselves and get that confidence in how we play and what we're about".