The Eagles took the lead early on when James McArthur’s low cross eluded everyone to drift in at the back post before Andros Townsend added a second with a superb left-footed drive 12 minutes from time.
A confident Crystal Palace side outplayed Burnley at Selhurst Park to claim their first home Premier League win of the season.
In truth, it could have been worse for Burnley, who had Joe Hart to thank for a number of fine saves, while Palace missed several good chances prior to Townsend’s stunner.
The result means Palace have ended a run of eight league games without a win and move up two places to 15th, while Burnley lies 18th, and are winless in their past seven league outings.
Impressive Eagles claim deserved victory
Prior to Saturday’s result, the Selhurst Park season-ticket holders had not witnessed a home win since the final game of 2017-18 – but it was worth the wait. Given the way Palace started the match, it was difficult to believe they had only claimed two points at home prior to this match.
Roy Hodgson’s side dominated from the first whistle, with Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend doing the bulk of the damage. They deservedly – and perhaps, fortunately – took the lead on 16 minutes thanks to McArthur’s intended cross from the left, but they could have gone ahead earlier.
Cheikhou Kouyate was inches away from tapping in a Zaha cross on four minutes, and Hart had to be at his best shortly after when he tipped Max Meyer’s curling effort round a post. The Eagles missed a spate of chances in the second period – with Meyer, Luka Milivojevic, Zaha, Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt all guilty parties.
It felt like they could pay for their poor finishing, but Townsend’s goal-of-the-month contender made the result safe late on.
Source: BBC News