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Palace 0 Burnley 0

13 September 2014

Palace 0 Burnley 0

SCOTT Arfield was denied from the spot as Burnley came within a whisker of victory at Crystal Palace.

The Scot had a golden chance to earn all three points with just six minutes remaining of a tight Selhurst Park clash.

But Julian Speroni’s stunning spot-kick save earned the Eagles a share of the spoils and left both sides still looking for their first win of the Premier League campaign.

The Clarets made one change to the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United last time out.

New signing George Boyd made his debut on the left side of midfield, replacing the injured Matt Taylor, who was sidelined with an Achilles problem.

There was, however, no place on the bench for fellow new signings Nathanial Chalobah and Michael Keane.

And roared on by the usual noisy fans, it was the hosts who made the better start. Damien Delaney first saw his effort from a Wilf Zaha cut-back deflected for a corner and, from the resulting dead ball Scott Dann headed against the face of the crossbar.

Zaha then roared at Kieran Trippier as the Clarets lost possession in midfield as Palace came even closer to opening the scoring.

The on-loan winger saw his shot parried by Heaton and cannon onto the back-tracking Jason Shackell, but the Clarets skipper reacted quickly to hack the ball off the goal-line.

That though, was as close as the hosts came in a game that Burnley ended dominating.

The Clarets took time to settle, but there were signs of a growing confidence midway through the half as Danny Ings and Scott Arfield combined for the Scot to drill a low ball straight at Julian Speroni.

And as the game entered a lull, it finally gave the Clarets chance to gain a welcome foothold and get their trademark passing game going.

There was a blow, however, five minutes before the break when Ings went down clutching his hamstring. And after treatment, the clearly distressed striker was replaced by Marvin Sordell.

Palace briefly started the second half as they had the first and created the first opportunity six minutes in.

Jason Puncheon looked for runners with a cross to the far post, and Trippier’s clearing header back across goal was just beyond the inrushing Marcus Gayle and wide of the far post.

Debutant James McArthur then volleyed just over the angle as the Eagles pushed Burnley into more defensive duties.

But as the half wore on, so the visitors took a stranglehold, inspired by Arfield.

The Scottish wide man was at the heart of everything good, first driving at Palace and forcing Speroni into a fingertip save with a fierce, rising drive.

Another positive run from Arfield just after the hour teed-up Sordell for a lay-off that the on-rushing David Jones could only fire at a grateful Speroni.

And the Scot perhaps should have done better 18 minutes from time, when he had Burnley’s best chance of an ever-improving half.

Trippier picked out the midfielder with a peach of a pass after his initial free kick had been blocked, but after stepping inside his marker on the right side of the box Arfield’s attempted curler had too much weight on it to worry Speroni.

Arfield was now the central character, but his and Burnley’s best chance of victory came and went with six minutes remaining.

Jedinak, who had just been booked for persistent fouling, hauled down Jutkiewicz in the box from Jones ‘floated free kick and referee Mike Dean had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

But from Arfield’s well-struck spot kick, Speroni flung himself to the right to deny the Clarets the victory their performance – especially after the break – arguably merited.

BURNLEY: Heaton, Me, Duff, Shackell, Trippier, Boyd, Marney, Jones, Arfield, Jutkiewicz, Ings (Sordell 42).

Subs: Gilks, Wallace, Reid, Ward, Long. Barnes

Booked: Ings 4, Sordell 52, Boyd 92

PALACE: Speroni, Ward, Mariappa, Dann, Campbell (Doyle 60), Zaha (Bolasie 68), Jedinak, Gayle (Williams 73), McArthur, Delaney, Puncheon.

Subs: Hennessey, Fryers, Ledley, Kelly

Booked: Puncheon 56, Jedinak 83

REF: M Dean

Att: 23,829

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