Burn­ley bol­ster sur­vival bid

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Burn­ley’s first away league win of the sea­son left them within touch­ing distance of Premier League sur­vival af­ter they saw off Crys­tal Palace 2-0 on Satur­day.

Goals at ei­ther end of the match from Ash­ley Barnes and An­dre Gray se­cured vic­tory at Sel­hurst Park as the Clarets fi­nally savoured win­ning all three points on the road for the first time this term.

The win left Sean Dy­che’s men eight points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone, with a max­i­mum of 12 avail­able to third from bot­tom Swansea.

Barnes struck af­ter just eight min­utes and Gray five min­utes from time as Burn­ley recorded their first Premier League win in Lon­don at the 16th time of ask­ing.

There was a wor­ry­ing in­ci­dent, how­ever, when Burn­ley de­fender James Tarkowski ap­peared to be struck by a lighter thrown from the home crowd as the vis­i­tors cel­e­brated their first goal.

Vic­tory saw Burn­ley leapfrog Palace and West Ham but both Lon­don clubs could al­ready have done enough to beat the drop, al­though nei­ther are yet math­e­mat­i­cally safe from rel­e­ga­tion.

Palace had early chances, with Luka Milivo­je­vic head­ing nar­rowly over a cor­ner be­fore Chris­tian Ben­teke’s shot was beaten away by Burn­ley goal­keeper Tom Heaton.

But the vis­i­tors’ first mean­ing­ful ad­vance into Palace’s half saw them open the scor­ing.

Stephen Ward’s low cross found Barnes, who mis­kicked clum­sily with his ini­tial at­tempt at a shot but had enough time to stab a sec­ond ef­fort through the legs of Palace goal­keeper Wayne Hen­nessey.

Both sides then had chances to score be­fore sub­sti­tute Gray, who had only been on the field for six min­utes, raced on to Ge­orge Boyd’s pass and fired home the win­ner. AFP

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