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Wilfried Zaha the best but tired Palace look poor in Burnley defeat

Crystal Palace were the architects of their own downfall, gifting Burnley two goals with poor passing and even poorer defending. It's clear that fatigue and injuries have had their impact, but Sam Allardyce will have expected better.


There have been some comparisons to the 4-0 defeat to Sunderland, but this wasn't anywhere near as bad. Palace spent most of the second half pushing for an equaliser and, in doing so, found themselves caught on the counter-attack. The Eagles came close a number of times and with better refereeing they arguably would have found that equaliser.


Palace looked terribly fatigued which, considering that it was the squad's third game in six days, is understandable. Any case to be made that Palace should have rotated the team more is doesn't account for the fact that Palace are missing James Tomkins, Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho: the club's three first-choice defenders.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- With a team so clearly jaded, there is only so much a manager can do in these circumstances. However, Palace's attempt at playing a high defensive line against Burnley really failed. It left gaps for Burnley to exploit, which they did on a number of occasions, most notably for Andre Gray's goal.

Player ratings: (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Wayne Hennessey, 5 -- Made one excellent save in the first half but was let down by a refusal to punch or collect crosses and by allowing Gray's shot to go past him at his near post.

DF Patrick van Aanholt, 6 -- Caught out of position a few too many times and found George Boyd difficult to handle.

DF Damien Delaney, 5 -- Couldn't get to grips with the physicality of Sam Vokes, allowing him to win headers or take the ball down too often. A race against Gray for the goal was always one he would lose, too.

DF Martin Kelly, 6 -- Like Delaney, Kelly found Ashley Barnes difficult to mark, again struggling to win headers and tackles.

DF Joel Ward, 6 -- Looked more tired than most of the squad, and struggled to cover as much ground as he typically does.

MF Luka Milivojevic, 5 -- Two poor passes resulted in two poor goals being conceded. It was an unusually slow performance from the otherwise-stellar midfielder.

MF James McArthur, 6 -- Struggled to find his feet during the game. Typically does an excellent job of hustling opponents and beginning attacks but he just couldn't make it click.

MF Jason Puncheon, 5 -- Palace's midfield went missing during this match and Puncheon's performance was an example of that. Struggled to get a hold of the ball and to make opportunities for others.

FW - Wilfried Zaha, 7 -- Palace's best player again, and once again the victim of numerous unpunished fouls. Tom Heaton should have been sent off for a foul on Zaha only for the linesman to erroneously flag the winger offside, and there was also a clear penalty that wasn't given later in the game. You can't blame Zaha for getting frustrated.

FW Christian Benteke, 6 -- Had an early chance which Heaton saved well, but found it difficult to influence the game otherwise. Michael Keane, his marker, had an excellent game.

FW Andros Townsend, 6 -- Townsend was another player that looked jaded, but he made a number of chances Palace didn't take. The winger also took a few threatening set-pieces that his teammates couldn't take advantage of.


FW Loic Remy, NR -- Came on for Benteke but looks like he lacks match fitness. It's unlikely that he'll make much of an impact in the remaining games.

FW Fraizer Campbell, NR -- Bringing on Campbell tends to be a sign that Palace are struggling for ideas. The striker does a great job of closing opponents down but that's all you can really expect.

Robert Sutherland is ESPN FC's Crystal Palace blogger. You can follow him on Twitter @RoDuSu.


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