Burnley 3-3 Crystal Palace: Maxwel Cornet’s thunder volley ensures the spoils are shared after Christian Benteke and Marc Guehi goals gave Eagles the lead in an enthralling first-half
- Christian Benteke gave Crystal Palace the lead after just eight minutes
- But Ben Mee and Chris Wood both scored to give Sean Dyche’s side the lead
- Benteke struck again after 36 minutes before Marc Guehi put Palace ahead
- The in-form Maxwel Cornet scored again with a superb volley to put Bunley level
Hands up who had this one down as a thriller?
Well, congratulations if you did because that is exactly what we were treated to in the East Lancashire rain.
Six goals, chances galore, five bookings, a hint of refereeing controversy, good attacking, some bad defending, this game had a little bit of everything.
Christian Benteke gave Crystal Palace the lead with a left footed striker after just eight minutes
Ben Mee put Burnley on level terms with a header from a corner after 19 minutes
Chris Wood (right) gave the Clarets the lead with another header 27 minutes into the first half
MATCH FACTS & RATINGS
Burnley (4-4-1-1): Pope 7; Lowton 7, Tarkowski 8, Mee 7, Taylor 7; Gudmundsson 7, Westwood 7, Brownhill 7, McNeil 7; Cornet 7 (Vydra 84, 3); Wood 7 (Rodriguez 80, 3). Substitutes not used: Hennessey (GK), Cork, Lennon, Collins, Pieters, Bardsley, Long.
Booked: Tarkowski, Westwood
Scorers: Mee 19, Wood 27, Cornet 49
Manager: Sean Dyche 8
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Guaita 8; Ward 7, Andersen 6, Guehi 7, Mitchell 7; Gallagher 7 (Schlupp 81, 3), Milivojevic 6 (Edouard 87, 3), Kouyate 6; J. Ayew 6 (Olise 58, 5), Benteke 8, Zaha 6. Substitutes not used: Butland (GK), Tomkins, Eze, Hughes, Clyne, Kelly.
Booked: Zaha, Benteke, Olise.
Scorers: Benteke 8, 36, Guehi 41
Manager: Patrick Vieira 8
Referee: Simon Hooper 6
The fun all started after eight minutes when Christian Benteke fired the visitors in front with the help of a James Tarkowski deflection.
Conor Gallagher should have made it two and before long, two goals from set-pieces in eight minutes had swung the game in the Clarets’ favour.
First, Burnley captain Ben Mee powered in a header from Ashley Westwood’s deep corner after he had escaped the attentions of his marker to get a free run at it.
Then they produced successful head tennis from Dwight McNeil’s free-kick, with Chris Wood guiding one into the bottom corner after Tarkowski had headed it across.
Benteke should have levelled immediately afterwards, but put a free header wide. However, he made amends with his next chance as he drew the Eagles level with his fifth goal in his last six games. Although he owed a big debt of gratitude to the superb hold-up play and awareness from Gallagher, fresh from his England debut in San Marino the other night.
Still, the first-half scoring was not over as Vieira’s team continued to pile forward and they led again after 41 minutes. Nick Pope kept out a header from Joachim Andersen, but Marc Guehi was waiting to drive the rebound through a crowd of players on the line for his first Palace goal.
Could the entertainment keep going in the second half? Of course it could. Four minutes in and Dyche’s team were level when Maxwel Cornet sprinkled a bit of his stardust with a superb dipping volley at the back post.
Benteke grabbed his second goal of the game to put Crystal Palace on level terms
Marc Guehi struck his first Palace goal with a close-range finish just before the interval
The Burnley boss was incensed moments later, though, when Wood appeared to be brought down by Andersen when through on goal after the Dane had misjudged a high aerial ball, but referee Simon Hooper did not even award a foul.
Wilfried Zaha then hit the crossbar as he tried to replicate Cornet’s volley for Palace, while Matej Vydra could have won it with almost the last kick of the game, only for the Burnley substitute to be denied by a superb save from Guaita.
The point was not enough to move Burnley out of the bottom three although it was a fourth game unbeaten, while Palace have only lost once since the opening day of the season as they both took something from a superb encounter.
The in-form Maxwel Cornet struck a superb volley four minutes into the second-half