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Crystal Palace 0–0 Burnley: Speroni the hero after stunning penalty save

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JULIAN Speroni was the hero for Crystal Palace this afternoon with tremendous penalty save to earn the Eagles a point. The custodian, a spectator for large spells in south London, guessed correctly to deny Scott Arfield from 12-yards late on to take the plaudits. Palace were the better side in the opening half-hour but failed to take their chances, while the visitors looked to hit Neil Warnock's side on the break. The Eagles were a whisker away from taking an early lead when Damien Delaney's effort deflected narrowly over, before Scott Dann sent a headed against the crossbar. Soon after, Wilfried Zaha was sent racing down the left by Fraizer Campbell, and the winger cut inside and saw his shot spilled by Tom Heaton before the loose ball was hacked off the line by Jason Shackell. The visitors offered little going forward as Palace's defence stood firm, before Scott Arfield had a couple of chances in quick succession. Dwight Gayle had two efforts to himself at the other end with an attempted lob which didn't quite come off before curling over from the edge of the box unmarked. Burnley huffed and puffed towards an opening but just didn't have enough quality in the final third, while Palace's bright start soon started to fade. However, Zaha looked good in spells and had the beating of Kieran Trippier on two or three occasions down the left, with one delivery in particularly missing both Jason Puncheon and Campbell. Burnley hitman Danny Ings, booked for diving early on, was forced off with a hamstring problem and was replaced by Marvin Sordell before the break. The Eagles should have taken the lead moments into the second period when Gayle was inches away from connecting with Mile Jedinak's downward header, and from the given corner, Delaney headed against the side netting. Lukas Jutkiewicz then did the same at the other end following a stray pass from Jedinak, before Puncheon and James McArthur saw efforts go close for Neil Warnock's side. Kevin Doyle came on for Campbell, before Julian Speroni was called into action when he pulled off a flying save to deny a piledriver from Arfield. Arfield, Burnley's best player, then saw another effort go over as Palace brought on Yannick Bolasie and Jonny Williams. The latter looked bright and willing to get on the ball through the middle, but Palace were just lacking that cutting edge. And Williams went close when Puncheon found him inside the box but his shot went wide. Burnley, kept at bay with ease by the Palace for the majority, were then given a huge opportunity to draw first blood when Jedinak hauled down Jutkiewicz and a penalty was given. Arfield stepped up but Speroni sprung across to pull off a stunning save to the delight of SE25. Palace pressed for a winner at the other end and Joel Ward, up from left-back, curled an effort a metre wide of the far post. The hosts appealed for a penalty late on when Jedinak's volley appeared to strike the arm of a Burnley player but nothing was given and Palace had to settle for a point. Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Jedinak ©, McArthur, Puncheon, Zaha (Bolasie 69), Campbell (Doyle 61), Gayle (Williams 75). Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Kelly, Fryers, Ledley. Burnley: Heaton, Tripper, Duff, Shackell ©, Mee, Marney, Jones, Arfield, Jutkiewicz, Ings (Sordell 42), Boyd. Subs Not Used: Gilks, Wallace, Ward, Long, Reid, Barnes. Referee: Mr M Dean

Crystal Palace 0–0 Burnley: Speroni the hero after stunning penalty save


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