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18:39 13th August 2011

Palace 2 Burnley 0

Palace's 2011/12 Championship campaign got off to a great start at Selhurst after goals from Jonathan Parr and Owen Garvan gave the Eagles a 2-0 victory over visitors Burnley.

Dougie Freedman brought Owen Garvan and Jermaine Easter into the side and handed a debut to Aleksandar Tunchev as Palace looked to kick-off the season at Selhurst in style.

The Eagles it was who started the game more brightly, Easter winning a corner from which Garvan's shot was well blocked, and Sean Scannell looking dangerous in attack.

The early pressure was rewarded inside ten minutes when Ryan McGivern's cross found home debutant Parr unmarked, and he headed into the corner past Lee Grant in the Burnley goal for a 1-0 lead.


As the Eagles pressed for a two goal lead margin inside the first 15 minutes, midfielder Darren Ambrose tried his luck with a pot-shot from distance. Grant saved that effort comfortably, but remained much the busier of the two keepers with Julian Speroni still untested.

That didn't last for long though as Jay Rodriguez's showed his aerial ability with a firm downwards header that the sprawling Speroni did well to keep out. Burnley had woken up now, but some good link-play between Ambrose and Parr almost doubled the lead, the Norwegian's low cross though just eluded Scannell at the front post.

The next real chance came from a Ross Wallace set-piece, with the Burnley winger striking the ball hard and low but just wide of the Palace goal. Moments later the Clarets had another free-kick, this time in a more central position. Wallace again it was who stepped up and struck his effort goalwards, but Speroni tipped over comfortably.

As the first half entered injury-time Paddy McCarthy almost made the score 2-0, but his header from Ambrose's corner went just over with the goal at his mercy.

Ambrose had picked up a slight knock in the first half and lasted just three minutes of the second period before being replaced by KG.

Burnley's early pressure in the second half came to little, other than a Wade Elliott penalty shout, while Scannell's trickery continued to cause problems for the Clarets back four.

Scannell then picked up the ball from deep, ran at the defence and played in Easter. The Palace striker did well to beat Grant to the ball, but with Jonathan Parr square he chose to shoot himself and Andre Amougou did well to block. Scannell's persistence was soon rewarded though, when another good run was only ended after he was felled in the box by Ben Mee.

Owen Garvan it was who stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way for 2-0, a scoreline that was well deserved after the home side's start to the second half.

Owen Garvan

Wilfried Zaha was introduced for Easter and, with Scannell up top with him, the pair continued to fly at the Burnley back four and both tested Grant with good efforts from the edge of the box.

Burnley continued to play the ball around well, but with the Palace defence looking comfortable the visitors were restricted to long-range efforts as the game entered the final stages. Substitute Charlie Austin it was who came closest with a good header that dropped just wide.

The last five minutes then saw Palace drop deeper as the visitors threw everything at Speroni's goal but McCarthy and his back-four dealt with everything well, and then Marvin Bartley was shown a straight red for an off-the-ball incident as Burnley's day went from bad to worse.


Crystal Palace: 1. Julian Speroni, 3. David Wright, 4. Jonathan Parr, 5. Patrick McCarthy, 7. Darren Ambrose (8. Kagisho Dikgacoi '49), 10. Owen Garvan, 11. Sean Scannell, (31. Calvin Andrew '83), 19. Jermaine Easter (16. Wilfried Zaha '71) , 36. Ryan McGivern, 37. Aleksander Tunchev, 38. Peter Ramage

Subs Not Used: 34, Lewis Price, 15. Mile Jedinak

Booked: Garvan

Burnley: 1. Lee Grant, Kieran Trippier, 36. Ben Mee, 24. Brian Easton, 21. Andre Amougou, 11. Wade Elliott, 15. David Edgar (23. Charlie Austin), 6. Chris McCann (c), 7. Ross Wallace, 26. Keith Treacy (20. Marvin Bartley), 9. Jay Rogriguez

Subs Not Used: 12. Brian Jensen, 4. Michael Duff, 8. Dean Marney

Booked: Wallace

Sent Off: Bartley

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