TALKING POINTS: Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0

Burnley finally got the ball rolling with a first Premier League win of the season at home to Crystal Palace.

Burnley's English manager Sean Dyche (L) gestures to fourth official Mike Dean (R) during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on November 23, 2020.
Burnley's English manager Sean Dyche (L) gestures to fourth official Mike Dean (R) during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on November 23, 2020.

Chris Wood's second goal of the campaign - his and the club's first at Turf Moor since July - saw the Clarets climb out of the bottom three.

The New Zealander combined with Jay Rodriguez to beat Vicente Guaita in the eighth minute as Sean Dyche's side secured a vital three points.

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Here are the talking points from Monday evening's fixture...

Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace is challenged by runs away from Jay Rodriguez of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on November 23, 2020 in Burnley, England.

HAPPY PLACE TURF MOOR

Radio 1 DJ and Burnley fan Jordan North will probably be in for quite a shock when he comes to realise the extent to which his 'I'm A Celebrity' mantra has taken off.

The 30-year-old took himself to his "happy place" during a phobia-filled trial on the hit TV show as he and Shane Richie tackled The Viper Vault.

The reality was, however, that Turf Moor hadn't been a happy place for Sean Dyche's side for some time.

Nick Pope of Burnley saves from Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on November 23, 2020 in Burnley, England.

Burnley hadn't won on their own patch since June when Jay Rodriguez's header settled the game against Watford, who would finish the season in the bottom three.

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Should that sequence have been prolonged by Palace, then North's entrapment in that claustrophobic casket may have been more symbolic of the Clarets' fate in the top flight.

If the Clarets had spent any more time in the relegation zone then I'm sure I wouldn't have been the only one screaming 'Get me out of here!'

Fortunately, as Dyche put it, a first win on the board calms the story somewhat. The Clarets clawed their way out of that suffocating hole and North's slogan was rehashed to high heaven as a consequence.

"Getting that win, however it comes around, calms the story a little bit and gives you something to build on," said Dyche.

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"It's a starting point, but we know there's lots of work to be done. It takes our points tally up and gets us out of the bottom three."

The challenge now is to build on that platform and make Turf Moor an even happier place, ready for when supporters are allowed back through the turnstiles.

There are certainly opportunities to do that before the curtain comes down on a hellish 2020 with Everton, Wolves and Sheffield United penciled in for a visit.

NO FLUKE

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You don't win a game of football by a 1-0 scoreline so consistently by chance. There's little or no room for error, particularly at this level.

Burnley have now recorded 122 league wins during Dyche's time at the helm, 78 of those have come with a clean sheet, while just over a third of those (41) have finished 1-0.

It's a trend that has become too habitual to ever be considered a fluke. The Clarets have worked incredibly hard on striking that perfect balance under Dyche.

Enhancing that ability to get it right at both ends sounds easy enough on paper, but it becomes slightly more complicated when putting it into practice.

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They delivered 50% of their objective away at Brighton prior to the international break when keeping things tight at one end of the pitch but failing to make an impression at the other.

But their performance against Palace struck the right chord. Dyche said: "That's the way we have to operate here, it's the Premier League.

"Sometimes people question it, which I've no problem with, but we do what we think is appropriate for the team to win games."

The Clarets took their first chance of the game and then dug in to preserve their slender advantage, a routine the squad has mastered during Dyche's eight-year reign.

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Yes, they rode their luck at times. But, as Dyche alludes to, you've sometimes got to make your own luck.

Luckily, the group is brimming with individuals who are more than prepared to roll their sleeves up and do the dirty work when the going gets tough and the opposition cranks up the pressure.

"I thought we found a good balance, I thought some of our football was very good and effective," Dyche added.

"We played in the right manner, we tried to create chances and we limited them to very little other than shots from distance."

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All of a sudden - after registering a third clean sheet in five games - Burnley are beginning to portray their true identity once again.

JAY ROD RESTORED

Restoring Jay Rodriguez to the starting XI at the expense of Ashley Barnes was a "tough decision" according to Dyche, but it's one that paid dividends.

The 31-year-old striker, who made his first Premier League start since the opening game against Leicester City, took his chance with both hands, or feet!

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He finished the game against Palace with the highest passing accuracy and the most sprints while being involved in the most duels.His presence provided the home side with a different dynamic.

He picked up good pockets of space, dropped off the front to link play and he combined well with Chris Wood.In fact, his movement and mobility gave the Clarets a bit more flexibility in the final third.

The former England international was undetectable at times and that opened everything up for the hosts.Wood's record alongside Barnes, at both Brighton and Burnley, speaks for itself.

But it was a partnership that hadn't been quite as enterprising in recent weeks.

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It took just eight minutes for Burnley's refashioned strike force to combine for the winner. Rodriguez provided the pass and Wood applied the finish.

"I'm pleased for Woody, he's been sticking at it," said Dyche. "He finally got a nice chance and it's a great finish. Jay's worked hard, a different kind of play, getting in the pockets and linking the play for us.

"There were a number of good performances; the defence was resolute and we were a threat when we went forward.

"I think Barnesy has done terrific in the sense that he has been out a long time and we ask a lot of him with his work ethic, which is always there, and his desire and his belief in doing the right thing for the team.

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"It was a tough decision and I think all the forwards offer something different here. I decided to go with Jay Rod, he has looked sharp around the place in training.

"Woody has been going okay and I have been waiting for him to find that goal, which we know he can, same with Barnesy. They historically have done very well together.

"It was probably a bit unfair with Barnesy because of his fitness but he will come again with his sharpness. He is getting way fitter than he was when he first came back into the side but Jay has always been knocking on the door."

POPE THE SAVIOUR

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Not all heroes wear capes. But Nick Pope was likened to 'Superman' by the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team when flying off his line to deny substitute Christian Benteke late on.

Dyche felt the save encapsulated the mentality of the group, a reflection of that endeavour and desire of his players to see a game out.

The England international continues to enhance his reputation as a goalkeeper and, one day, he's destined to establish himself as the nation's number one.

He made a string of saves to keep the Seagulls out at the Amex Stadium and was called upon a number of times to preserve Burnley's lead on Monday evening.

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First half stops to thwart Nathaniel Clyne and Andros Townsend were slightly more routine, but those to prevent Michy Batshuayi and Benteke from drawing Palace level were top drawer.

And now he's slowly becoming one of the most dependable goalkeepers in the Premier League, whether it's shot-stopping (27) or coming off his line to claim crosses.

"I think you'd expect him to make the ones in the first half, but the one in the second half is a fantastic save," Dyche concluded. "That encapsulates the mentality of the group.

"Popey's flung himself, makes a great save, could get hurt, and gets a knock in the process. That's what it takes sometimes.

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"It needs that endeavour and that desire to make sure that you see the game through. It was a really good moment for us, but it also reflects the feeling and the spirit within the camp."