Palace end winless run with victory over struggling Burnley

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       Roy Hodgson is confident Crystal Palace's fortunes in front of goal will change when Christian Benteke and

When Roy Hodgson took over at Crystal Palace last season, many thought he wouldn't be able to turn around a record-breaking run of seven straight defeats that left the Eagles bottom of the Premier League.

Goals from James McArthur and Andros Townsend secured the victory for the Eagles who dominated for large periods of the game against a Clarets side who are languishing in 19th position in the Premier League. Burnley captain Ben Mee never got close to Townsend, who unleashed an unstoppable curling shot past a despairing Hart. "We are conscious of that and with the great home support we get, the faith and belief from them, I will always believe home games give us a good chance to get wins".

"Maybe we've been guilty of not putting the chances away, which was the story today, but thankfully we did get two to get us over the line and get three points". Performances have been good and we knew if we kept that up results would come.

McArthur's cross-shot after 16 minutes provided the hosts with an early advantage, and they could have scored at least five goals - with Joe Hart making three fine saves and Wilfried Zaha hitting the crossbar - before Townsend's spectacular strike in the closing stages. "I expect him to produce that level of shot".

Townsend cut in from the right flank on to his left foot and beat Hart with a magnificent shot from outside the box which flew into the top corner.

While Palace move up to 14th place with 12 points, Burnley look likely to face a long battle against the drop after enjoying a seventh-placed finish last season.

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Burnley boss Sean Dych, meanwhile, made two changes from the defeat at Newcastle on Monday.

"There's a good group of lads in there and we need to get together and sort it out and play with a bit more belief and confidence", the 29-year-old told the club's official website.

"To get the eye of the tiger back, a boxer has to get back in the gym".

"We have had chances at home, and created more chances than we have away".

"We've got to back ourselves and get that confidence in how we play and what we're about".

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