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Hodgson says Crystal Palace did ‘extremely well’ against a ‘well disciplined’ Burnley side

Roy Hodgson admitted that he was ‘delighted’ with his side’s performance as Crystal Palace beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor.

An unfortunate own goal from Phil Bardsley opened the scoring for Crystal Palace before Michy Batshuayi made it 2-0 with a thunderous first-time finish after getting on the end of a drilled Aaron Wan Bissaka cross.

Wilfried Zaha made it 3-0 after 76 minutes before Ashley Barnes netted a 90th-minute consolation for the hosts, who had more shots and more possession than the Eagles.

71-year-old Palace boss Roy Hodgson was impressed with the way his team performed against a ‘very well disciplined’ Burnley side.

“It is always a difficult place to come, Turf Moor, Sean has got the team very well disciplined, very well organised, you know exactly what pressures you are going to be under. I thought we dealt with that extremely well throughout the game,” Hodgson told BBC Sport.

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“Peter Crouch came on and punctured our clean sheet right at the end but I think we dealt with it extremely well and by contrast, when we had the ball going forward I thought we looked pretty dangerous and the longer the game went on the more dangerous we got.

“To score three goals away from home against any team is a good performance, and to do it against a team of Burnley’s calibre with their quality of defending is even more so.

“There were some excellent moves, we could have had aggravated the score with one or two excellent moves but the bottom line in the Premier League is you shouldn’t be asking for too much.

“You’ve got to be very happy when you come away, you’ve given a good performance, very solid throughout. We were good enough going forward to create the chances and when you win, even if it is only by one goal you’ve got to be happy, so I’m delighted with the team’s performance, and delighted it lifts us up that little bit higher in the table.”

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