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‘Patient’ Crystal Palace hand Oliver Glasner debut 3-0 win over 10-man Burnley

Oliver Glasner highlighted the importance of the apprentice of his Crystal Palace side as they beat 10-man Burnley 3-0 in his first game in charge. 

Palace were handed a huge boost in their search of a debut win under the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss when Josh Brownhill was sent off for pulling back Jefferson Lerma after the midfielder capitalised on a mistake from James Trafford.

The Eagles eventually made their man advantage count in the 68th minute when Chris Richards met Jordan Ayew’s cross at the back post to stoop low and head past the Burnley stopper.

Palace quickly doubled their lead when Matheus Franca drilled a cross along the face of goal for Ayew to score his second in two games.

Crystal Palace v Burnley – Premier League, Selhurst Park, 24 February 2024
Picture : Keith Gillard

Substitute Franca then won a penalty in the 79th minute when he was brought down by Vitinho inside the area, with Jean-Philippe Mateta converting the spot kick.

Burnley thought they pulled one back and denied Glasner a debut clean sheet when Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana met a deflected cross inside the area, but it was ruled out by VAR.

This was the first time a Palace manager had won their first Premier League game in charge since Alan Pardew beat Tottenham 2-1 at Selhurst Park in 2015.

Glasner said: “What the players did today from the first second they entered the pitch – everybody could feel their energy and power.

“It was immediately in the stands. This helped us and I’m really pleased and happy with the performance.

“It was important to stay patient today. We had a fantastic first half, but it was still 0-0.

“The message at half time was to stay patient and to keep the balance in the game, and we will create opportunities to score.

“We had a great impact from the substitutes. I’m really happy. It was teamwork today from the first second to the last second – it was a deserved win.”

Crystal Palace v Burnley – Premier League, Selhurst Park, 24 February 2024
Picture : Keith Gillard

Palace are now eight points clear of the bottom three.

“I don’t watch the table every week,” he added.

“Today, it was much more important about the way we played today.

“We had an attacking style and we never lost the balance. Every VAR decision was for us.

“We can work the next weeks but it’s also important to stay humble now.

“We know it was a very good performance, but I can also see many things we could improve on.”


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