5 goal thriller

> Burn­ley re­peat hero­ics to see off Ea­gles

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SUB­STI­TUTE Ash­ley Barnes pounced four min­utes into in­jury time to grab an­other last-ditch three points for Burn­ley in a five-goal thriller against Crys­tal Palace at Turf Moor.

The vis­i­tors had hauled them­selves back from an early two-goal deficit through Chris­tian Ben­teke’s 82nd-minute penalty, only for Barnes – an 85th-minute re­place­ment for Jeff Hen­drick - to smash the win­ner from a Jo­hann Gud­munds­son cross.

It com­pleted the sec­ond straight Turf Moor late show from Sean Dy­che’s side af­ter Scott Ar­field struck a last-minute win­ner against Ever­ton a fort­night ago.

Palace’s fourth straight de­feat had looked in­creas­ingly likely af­ter Sam Vokes and Gud­munds­son fired the Clarets into a 2-0 lead in­side the first quar­ter of an hour.

But Con­nor Wick­ham re­duced the deficit with his first touch af­ter re­plac­ing Ja­son Pun­cheon on the hour mark, then Ben­teke looked to have sealed the Ea­gles’ re­vival be­fore Barnes in­ter­vened in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion.

Burn­ley grabbed the lead with less than two min­utes on the clock when Matthew Low­ton broke di­rectly from a Palace corner and crossed for Gud­munds­son, whose ball back into the box was even­tu­ally tapped home from close range by Vokes.

Palace re­sponded by forc­ing a sec­ond corner from which Joel Ward came close, be­fore Ben­teke set up Ja­son Pun­cheon for a rasp­ing ef­fort which was well saved by Heaton at the sec­ond at­tempt.

Heaton, star of the Clarets’ goal­less draw at Old Traf­ford last week, saved his side again two min­utes later when he pro­duced a great low save to deny Wil­fried Zaha.

But all the Ea­gles’ press­ing came at a price as they left them­selves alarm­ingly open to the counter-at­tack, and it was a weak­ness Burn­ley ex­posed again in the 14th minute.

Gud­munds­son burst clear of the Palace de­fence and drove a shot from 25 yards which squirmed be­neath hap­less keeper Steve Man­danda and bounced twice be­fore end­ing up in the net.

If the vis­i­tors were shell-shocked to find them­selves 2-0 down they hardly showed it, with Townsend next to blaze a clear chance over the bar from a Ward corner.

But they re­mained dis­tinctly vul­ner­a­ble at the other end, with Man­danda go­ing some way to re­deem­ing him­self when he saved well from Hen­drick af­ter fine work from Ar­field in the box.

Ben­teke missed two golden chances to re­duce the deficit in the dy­ing min­utes of the first half and Pardew’s half-time team talk did not seem to have counted for much when the Clarets made the brighter start to the sec­ond half.

Vokes was at the cen­tre of most of their for­ays for­ward, his ef­fort from a tight an­gle saved twice by Man­danda as Hen­drick rushed in to as­sist, then blaz­ing an­other ef­fort high and wide from eight yards.

Pardew had no choice but to act and he did so with a dou­ble sub­sti­tu­tion which paid off spec­tac­u­larly just be­fore the hour mark, as Wick­ham slammed his first goal of the sea­son into the roof of the net from a Yo­han Cabaye cross.

Af­ter sur­viv­ing a spell of Burn­ley pres­sure, Palace grabbed their equaliser in the 82nd minute when Low­ton han­dled a Townsend ball into the box and Ben­teke stepped up to hit the lev­eller past Heaton – only for Barnes to dash their hopes at the death.

There was still time for Townsend to be de­nied by a post, but Burn­ley held on to the three points in a fran­tic fin­ish. – The In­de­pen­dent Stuck to his task but could not con­tain all of Chelsea’s at­tack­ers. Not a favourite among Tof­fee sup­port­ers and did not overly im­press here. De­liv­ered a cou­ple of dan­ger­ous free-kicks be­fore fad­ing with the rest. Too ea­ger in early ex­changes and was not heard of af­ter the break.

Ea­ger to im­press against for­mer em­ploy­ers and briefly trou­bled with his pow­er­ful run­ning. Iso­lated there­after.

REUTERSPIX

Burn­ley’s Ash­ley Barnes (right) reels off in de­light af­ter scor­ing against Crys­tal Palace in the English Premier League match at Turf Moor yes­ter­day. – Gareth Barry: Tom Clev­er­ley: Ross Barkley: Yan­nick Bo­lasie: Romelu Lukaku :

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