Palace have a long history of being haunted by ex-players, invariably they score against us when we meet and today was no different with Ade Akinbiyi scoring his first league goal since he rejoined Burnley. That was enough to ensure the points were shared with a 1- draw. The much-traveled striker pounced in the 38th minute to head home Joey Gudjonsson’s inswinging ball into the box, which canceled out Clinton Morrison’s superb opening header. The Palace striker capitalised on some poor defending by the Clarets back line to put his side in front. John McGreal and Steve Caldwell both miss-judged Gabor Kiraly’s long punt, allowing Morrison to ghost in behind them and loop a beautifully taken header over the keeper for his third goal in two games. Eagles defender Leon Cort denied Burnley making an instant reply when his last-ditch block prevented Andy Gray from finishing Akinbiyi’s cross. The ex-Palace striker went close himself 10 minutes before the break when he shot over, but in the 38th minute, Akinbiyi finally got his goal. Gudjonsson swung in an inswinging cross from deep and Akinbiyi rose highest to head into Kiraly’s bottom left-hand corner. The hosts started the second half in the same way they finished the first, and after Andy Gray went close with a shot on the turn from the edge of the box, Akinbiyi wasted a golden opportunity when his weak header went straight into Kiraly’s arms. Palace improved when Peter Taylor introduced Ben Watson and Lewis Grabban, but did not really threaten until the last 10 minutes. Grabban shot wide from the edge of the box before Tom Soares’ shot from distance went just over the bar. The draw now surely puts the final nail in the coffin for Palace’s play-off dream. Text nicked from EagleEye Live, edited by me.
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