Last-gasp Barnes crushes Crys­tal Palace fight­back

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Ash­ley Barnes struck a 94th-minute win­ner as Burn­ley with­stood a stir­ring sec­ond-half fight­back by Crys­tal Palace to claim a breath­less 32 vic­tory yes­ter­day.

Sam Vokes’s sec­ond-minute strike and a lon­grange Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son ef­fort put Sean Dy­che’s Burn­ley two goals to the good at half-time. Sub­sti­tute Con­nor Wick­ham and Chris­tian Ben­teke, with an 81st-minute penalty, hauled Palace level, only for Barnes to pop up and con­demn Alan Pardew’s men to a fourth suc­ces­sive Pre­mier League de­feat. Burn­ley, who are un­beaten in three games, leapt up to ninth place, while Palace fell two places to 15th, al­though they re­main four points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Palace’s hopes of end­ing a run of 15 league games with­out a clean sheet evap­o­rated within 78 sec­onds of kick-off at Turf Moor.

Af­ter pick­ing out Gud­munds­son on the Burn­ley left, Matt Low­ton drove into the area to meet the Ice­land winger’s cut-back with a low shot. Scott Dann got back to block the Burn­ley full-back’s shot, but suc­ceeded only in clear­ing the ball against the back of goal­keeper Steve Man­danda’s head, gift­ing Vokes a tap-in.

With in­terim Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate in at­ten­dance, Burn­ley goal­keeper Tom Heaton was look­ing to build on his bravura per­for­mance in last week­end’s 0-0 draw at Manch­ester United, when he made 11 saves.

He saved from Ja­son Pun­cheon and Wil­fried Zaha be­fore mis­for­tune mis­fell his op­po­site num­ber once again in the 14th minute. Teed up by Vokes, Gud­munds­son took aim from 25 yards with a shot that Man­danda al­lowed to squirm be­neath him. Burn­ley re­sumed their as­sault on the vis­i­tors’ goal in the sec­ond half, Man­danda pro­duc­ing a dou­ble-save to thwart Vokes. Pardew turned to the bench shortly be­fore the hour, with Wick­ham and Zeki Fry­ers com­ing on, and the changes yielded im­me­di­ate div­i­dends as Wick­ham swept home Zaha’s right-wing cross. With Zaha lead­ing the charge, Palace penned Burn­ley back and drew level when Ben­teke sent Heaton the wrong way from the penalty spot af­ter Low­ton han­dled An­dros Townsend’s cross. —AFP

BURN­LEY: Burn­ley’s Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son, left, and Crys­tal Palace’s James McArthur dur­ing their English Pre­mier League soc­cer match at Turf Moor, Burn­ley, Eng­land, yes­ter­day. —AP

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