It was a tale of two penalties at Turf Moor as mid-table sitters Burnley and Crystal Palace shared the points.
Palace fans could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu as, for their second away match in a row, a penalty was awarded in the opening minutes. Unfortunately for the travelling support at Turf Moor however, this time it was the home side that were subject to the early good fortune.
A poor back pass from left back Jonathan Parr was intercepted by Martin Paterson and in trying to rectify his mistake, the Norwegian brought down the striker in the box. The referee pointed to the spot and Jay Rodriguez stepped up to tuck home his 21st goal of the season.
Both teams came into the match hoping to kick start a late surge towards the play offs, and the early goal caused Palace to react most positively. Their fast paced counter attacking play often strikes fear into the heart of opposition defences, particularly those facing the quick footed flair of winger Wilfried Zaha.
Piling pressure upon their opponents, both Paddy McCarthy and Glenn Murray forced Lee Grant into good saves to deny their headed efforts, and the breakthrough for the Eagles finally came in the 63rd minute.
Zaha received the ball on the edge of the penalty area and danced through the Burnley defence like an Antelope evading the clutches of a pouncing Lion, before eventually being caught by the conveniently named Kieran Trippier. The referee awarded a spot kick and after a brief delay, Darren Ambrose stroked him his second penalty in as many games.
A constant threat to the Burnley back four, Zaha continued to bamboozle his opponents with his clever trickery but he was soon forced to take an early bath. An off the ball clash with Trippier was brought back by the linesman and the winger was shown the red card, much to his dismay.
The depletion in numbers forced Palace to sit back and preserve a point, and that they did. On a day where Burnley manager Eddie Howe mourned the loss of his mother, both teams would feel that a point was a fair result. The point left both sitting comfortably in mid table, with slim play-off hopes diminishing by the game.
Burnley: Grant; Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee; Wallace (Austin), Marney, McCann; Rodriguez (McQuoid), Paterson (Stanislas), Ings.
Crystal Palace: Speroni; Clyne, McCarthy, Gardner, Parr; Jedinak, O’Keefe, Ambrose, Zaha; Martin (Moxey), Murray.