Burnley 1-0 Palace Player Ratings: super Tarky

Wood celebrates – mirror.co.uk

A solid performance and an early Chris Wood goal saw Burnley move up to 7th with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, who remain without a point. How did players on both teams fare? Here’s our ratings.

Burnley

Tom Heaton – picked up a 36th minute shoulder injury, which could damage his England prospects at this year’s World Cup. 5

Matt Lowton – made a crucial clearance off the line in the first half and put Dann off for his big chance. Struggled against Lameka late on though and didn’t offer much going forward. 6
James Tarkowski – an outstanding display from the ex-Brentford man, who read the game superbly. 9
Ben Mee – won what felt like every header in that second half to keep Palace at bay. 8
Stephen Ward – struggled against Andros Townsend at times due to a lack of cover. Might have used the ball better. 4

Johann Berg Gudmundsson – used his pace to good effect and put in one or two inviting crosses, whilst also making some strong tackles to protect Lowton. 6
Jack Cork – did well considering he was one of just two central midfielders. Provided good protection for the back-line. 7
Steven Defour – had been criticized last season for lacking the discipline to play centrally in a 4-4-2, but he put in a shift today, even if he faded towards the end. 6
Robbie Brady – a frustrating performance. Had some bright spells but switched off on occasions and didn’t protect Ward from Townsend. 4

Chris Wood – a display similar to what we saw from him at Leeds last season. Often on the periphery of the game but only needed one chance to score. 7
Sam Vokes – his presence sometimes encouraged direct balls which made Burnley a little one-dimensional at times. 4

Nick Pope (on 36) – proved an able understudy to Heaton. Denied Benteke well and dealt with crosses comfortably. 8
Ashley Barnes (on 64) – offered more than Vokes, hassling and harrying the back-line relentlessly. 7
Ashley Westwood (on 82) – the fact he replaced Defour rather than a striker highlighted Dyche’s reluctance to shift from 4-4-2. 5

Crystal Palace

Wayne Hennessey – his positioning was suspect for the goal in a performance that radiated panic. Palace need a new goalkeeper in January. 3

Joel Ward – perhaps fortunate to retain his place for such a long period. Very rarely broke into the final third, despite the fact Palace were behind for 87 minutes. 4
Timothy Fosu-Mensah – didn’t do too badly, but might fare better at right-back if a more commanding centre-back becomes available. 6
Scott Dann – a decent performance, but one is left wondering just how he didn’t score from that chance. 7
Jeffrey Schlupp – smacked a reasonable opportunity over the bar, but was more adventurous than Ward and provided his usual pace and drive. 7

James McArthur – headed just wide from Cabaye’s corner in an otherwise average performance. Too many sideways passes. 4
Yohan Cabaye – a good performance. Won a lot of interceptions, played some key forward passes and showed a willingness to move forward. 7
Lee Chung-Yong – at fault for the goal and didn’t quite look Premier League standard. Missed four of the eight tackles he attempted. 3

Andros Townsend – Palace’s brightest player. If everyone else was as good as him and had his desire, they wouldn’t be without a point. 8
Christian Benteke – received the ball earlier than usual, but still failed to have an impact. Missed the single one-on-one chance he did get. 3
Jason Puncheon – clearly not the same player he was a couple of years ago. Looked slow and lethargic. 3

Levi Lumeka (on 64) – looked bright and lively when he came on, injecting some much-needed purpose into Palace’s play. 7
Jairo Riedewald (on 81) – given freedom to roam in the closing stages. Fired one shot wide from outside the box. 5