January 11, 2018 / 3:39 PM / a year ago

Showcase - Five memorable Crystal Palace v Burnley matches

(Reuters) - Crystal Palace and Burnley will meet for the 45th time in all competitions on Saturday. We look at some notable clashes between the sides.

Palace 2 Burnley 0 (Second Division, May 1979)

Terry Venables’s Palace side went into the final game of the season against Burnley knowing a point would see them promoted to the top flight at the expense of Sunderland and a victory would crown them second-tier champions ahead of bitter rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

After a goalless first half in front of a record 51,482 fans at Selhurst Park, it looked like Palace might have to settle for a third-placed finish.

Yet Palace took the lead 14 minutes from fulltime as a Vince Hilaire cross was headed home by striker Ian Walsh.

With the momentum behind them, Palace ran riot going forward before striker Dave Swindlehurst made it 2-0 with a deflected effort as the home fans spilled onto the pitch in celebration.

Palace 1 Burnley 2 (Second Division, Dec. 2001)

New Palace boss Trevor Francis only met his players a few hours before the match in the wake of Steve Bruce’s resignation but he would not have been impressed by the way the visitors controlled his first game in charge at Selhurst Park.

Stan Ternent’s Burnley dominated possession and after missing a couple of chances, took the lead from an Ian Moore header following a poor clearance by Palace goalkeeper Matt Clarke.

Ireland international Clinton Morrison levelled for the hosts with his 13th league goal of the season from close range.

Palace could have taken the lead early in the second half but midfielder Aki Riihilahti’s thunderous strike crashed off the crossbar with goalkeeper Nikolaos Michopoulos beaten.

Burnley made the most of their good fortune when Moore scored his second goal to complete a swift counter-attacking move.

Palace 5 Burnley 0 (Championship, May 2008)

Neil Warnock had transformed a relegation-threatened Palace into a ruthless machine in seven months and they were one victory away from sealing a Championship playoff spot when they hosted Burnley in May.

Their task was made easier when Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle was sent off inside 10 minutes for a professional foul.

Palace took a 3-0 lead into the interval with goals from Ben Watson, Victor Moses and Tom Soares, before strikes from Scott Sinclair and Clinton Morrison completed the rout in the second half.

“I’ve won six promotions in my career - but my lucky number is seven,” Warnock said after the match.

Palace, however, suffered a 4-2 aggregate defeat in the playoff semi-finals to Bristol City, who went on to lose to Hull City in the decider.

Palace 4 Burnley 3 (Championship, Oct. 2012)

Dougie Freedman’s Palace were unbeaten in six matches in the second division heading into the fixture and had collected 16 points in that period.

However, it was Burnley who broke the deadlock with a Chris McCann strike from close range before Martin Paterson fired in from a tight angle to make it 2-0 inside half an hour.

Winger Wilfried Zaha led the comeback for the hosts as he scored either side of the break, courtesy of two brilliant chances created by Andre Moritz.

Goals from Damien Delaney and Glenn Murray put Palace out of sight with 15 minutes left on the clock, although there was time for a late Charlie Austin consolation for Burnley.

Palace went on a 14-game unbeaten run on their way to securing a playoff spot before beating Watford 1-0 in extra time at Wembley to clinch promotion to the Premier League for the first time in eight years.

Burnley 3 Palace 2 (Premier League, Nov. 2016)

Striker Ashley Barnes hit a spectacular stoppage-time winner as Burnley climbed into the top half of the table on their return to the Premier League.

Sean Dyche’s men were in front inside 90 seconds through Sam Vokes and went on to double their lead when Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s scrappy finish found the net in the 14th minute.

Palace boss Alan Pardew was forced to look at the bench for inspiration at the interval and was rewarded when substitute Connor Wickham scored with his first touch, before their record signing Christian Benteke slotted home a penalty to level the score.

But it was late Burnley substitute Barnes who grabbed the headlines with a fine finish in only his second appearance back from a long-term knee injury.

Burnley struggled in the second half of the campaign but managed to finish 16th in the league with 40 points, while Palace finished two spots higher on the back of 15 goals from Benteke.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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