Crystal Palace-Burnley Preview
Burnley return to league action with a home match against Crystal Palace on Saturday hoping to bounce back from a painful midweek cup defeat.
The Clarets (4-8-9) climbed out of the bottom three with a 2-1 home win against fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers last weekend and have taken five points from their last three matches in the Premier League.
However, any buoyancy Burnley had from their recent promising run in the league may have disappeared following Wednesday's 4-2 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup third-round replay.
Burnley raced into an early two-goal lead at White Hart Lane with strikes from Marvin Sordell and Ross Wallace before Spurs rallied to claim a place in the next round with goals from Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Danny Rose.
Clarets manager Sean Dyche, who made five changes from the team that beat Rangers last weekend, was disappointed with his side's defending.
"I thought it was a team that could win tonight and that was on show in the first 20 minutes," Dyche told his club's website. "I felt comfortable with it and I was enjoying it.
"My only disappointment is the details. You can't make the mistakes we did defensively and expect not to get punished. I don't think we got a lot tonight with decisions, but overall that didn't cost us the game, that was down to our mistakes."
Crystal Palace (4-8-9) ended a run of eight Premier League matches without a win as they rallied from a goal down to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Selhurst Park in new manager Alan Pardew's first league match in charge. The win lifted the Eagles out of the bottom three.
Striker Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead just after the break with his 18th goal of the season, before Palace drew level on 69 minutes through Dwight Gayle's penalty after Benjamin Stambouli had fouled Joe Ledley. Substitute Jason Puncheon grabbed a late winner for the Eagle with a low left-footed strike.
Pardew was thrilled with the way Palace recovered from their poor start.
"The first half was not what the Palace fans or myself wanted, they dominated for the first twenty minutes particularly but we took the shackles off at half time," Pardew told his club's website. "This team is one that has a real discipline but you also need to have some maverick behaviour in there, otherwise you are never going to win.
"The couple of subs helped us as I had the chance to put a couple of maverick players on that gave us a lift but in the end the honesty and discipline of the team got us through. There are so many highlights for me from this game that it's one that will stay for me forever."
Pardew has moved quickly to bolster his squad with the signing this week of 21-year-old Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Burnley will be without injured trio Stephen Ward (foot), Kevin Long (knee) and Matt Taylor (Achilles).Palace will missing James McArthur (foot), while Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie are both away on international duty at the Asian Cup and African Cup of Nations, respectively.
The first Premier League meeting between Burnley and Palace in history ended in a scoreless draw at Selhurst Park in September. Clarets midfielder Scott Arfield missed a penalty five minutes from time when he saw his effort saved by Eagles goalkeeper Julian Speroni.