English Premiership

Palace v Burnley ends goalless

2014-09-13 18:24
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London - A brilliantly saved penalty by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni denied Burnley their first win in this season's Premier League as the two sides fought out a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Speroni's save from Scott Arfield late in the second-half may have prevented Burnley from taking all three points but the consolation for the new boys was that it was their second successive scoreless draw - they drew with Manchester United a fortnight ago - and they became the first side to keep Palace scoreless this season.

Palace, with Scottish midfielder James McArthur making his debut after his transfer from Wigan, started brightly enough with Scott Dann heading against the bar from Fraizer Campbell's cross.

Campbell repaid manager Neil Warnock's faith in starting him as he was Palace's liveliest player throughout the opening half and went close twice himself first shooting just wide and then another effort was well held by Burnley 'keeper Tom Heaton.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche started with a different XI for the first time this season as he selected record signing George Boyd.

But they had very little to offer in attack with one of their most effective players from last season Danny Ings subdued, and he limped off just before half-time.

Palace pressed and pressed in the second-half but produced little apart from two efforts by Jason Puncheon while near the death Jonathan Williams poked the ball just wide.

The visitors should have claimed the three points as Lukas Jutkewicz was brought down by Palace captain Mile Jedinak but Speroni proved equal to the task of sparing his side a painful defeat as he dived to pull off a fantastic save from Arfield.


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