Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace: 5 things we learned

Burnley succumbed Crystal Palace to their fourth league defeat out of four. Here are five things we learned.

Burnley should stay up

The saying, ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ should be embroidered across the Burnley strip. Individually, the Clarets have one of the weakest squads in the league. However, Sean Dyche is an excellent manager who has filled his squad up with players that fit his profile. Burnley are an extremely well-organised outfit that give everything to the cause. This organisation and work rate gives them the ability to grind out wins and should see them accumulate enough points to avoid relegation once more.

de Boer and Palace do not fit

The Eagles board brought in the Dutchman to change the style of football at the club towards a more ball orientated, attractive brand of play. However, for this to happen, the former Ajax boss at least needs players who can play his way. 

The likes of Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke and Jason Schlupp have fantastic physical profiles but lack the technique and composure to play in de Boer’s system. It leaves Palace between a rock and a hard place.

Do they stick with their new ethos, and allow de Boer the time to get it right and bring in his own players, appreciating they are likely to lose plenty games along the way? Or do they hit the panic button and go back to their old ways at the fear of relegation?

Steven Defour is Burnley’s best

In a rigid and workmanlike side, Defour provides the touch of class and composure it needs. The Belgian was once a certainty to join Manchester United a few years ago were it not for a horrendous injury, and it is clear to see why. Defour knits the play together for Burnley and is good at passing between the lines, something the Burnley midfield otherwise lack. Not only that, he has the work rate and desire to fit into a Sean Dyche side. He will be crucial to Burnley’s hopes of success.

Turf Moor won’t be such a fortress

Last season, it was Burnley’s home form that kept them in the Premier League. However, despite claiming victory and looking organised as a whole, a rather poor Palace side could have scored multiple times. Burnley lost their first home game of the season against West Brom and could have dropped points once more, especially if Scott Dann took his glorious chance in the 90th minute. Burnley will have to pick up more points on the road this season. A win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea and a last-gasp equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley is an excellent start to an improved away record this campaign.

de Boer all out of luck

Yes, the manager doesn’t fit the profile of player at the club. But de Boer has had no luck on his side. A horrific back pass from Lee Chung-yong gifted Chris Wood the only goal of the game early in the first half. Palace also had 22 chances with Dann having a goal-bound effort cleared off the line and then missed an opening goal in the last five minutes of the game.

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