The Warmdown: Goalfest at Turf Moor as Burnley and Palace share the spoils
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Maxwel Cornet of Burnley scores their team's third goal past Joel Ward of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on November 20, 2021 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Burnley remain unbeaten in their last three after an entertaining battle at Turf Moor against Crystal Palace

A brace from Christian Benteke and first Palace goal for Marc Guehi was cancelled out by goals from Ben Mee, Chris Wood and a Maxwel Cornet stunner. 

The result leaves The Clarets in the bottom three and rueing a potential victory after a host of chances went a begging. 

As for The Eagles, they move a point behind the Europa League qualification places after the point in Lancashire. 

  • Don't leave your man unmarked! 

It was certainly a case of don't leave your man unmarked in the penalty area in this encounter. At least four of the six goals at Turf Moor were as a result of defenders leaving their man open in the penalty area and that will disappoint both Sean Dyche and Patrick Viera

Burnley's first goal of the afternoon was the first case of poor marking in the lead up to the goals. On a momentous week behind the scenes for Burnley skipper, Ben Mee, was capped with a goal as he was left unmarked at the back post by Cheikou Kouyate to head home from an Ashley Westwood corner. 

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Chris Wood then nodded Burnley in front after he was left unmarked by Benteke at the back post after James Tarkowski headed the ball back across goal for the Kiwi to score his 50th Premier League goal. 

The Clarets were also at fault of leaving their men unmarked as Wood left England U21 international, Marc Guehi, open on the edge of the area to fire past five players in Claret and Blue on the goal line to put Palace 3-2 ahead. 

Palace were enemies of their own downfall for Burnley's third as Claret's superstar, Maxwel Cornet, peeled away from Joel Ward at the back post to rifle a volley into the roof of the net to get the hosts back on terms and score his fifth goal since joining from Lyon in the summer. 

Both Dyche and Viera will be disappointed with the sloppiness of the way they conceded their goals this afternoon but a point was probably a fair result in the grand scheme of things. 

  • Brilliant Benteke back in goal scoring form for Palace 

Christian Benteke is certainly one Premier League striker who has received some stick over the years. But one thing that cannot be taken for granted is the Belgian's quality in front of goal. 

He has certainly received some stick from his critics over the years but his third and fourth goals of the season were a major factor in The Eagles picking up a point on a rainy afternoon in East Lancashire.  

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker has become a key part of Patrick Viera's starting XI this season and was a thorn in Burnley's side as his brace was deserved with his constant battles with Ben Mee and particularly James Tarkowski

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Palace's number 20 gave them an early lead as he was picked out in the area by Joachim Andersen and the Belgian controlled and fired with his left, a low strike past Nick Pope down to his right hand side. 

Benteke also managed to get his side back into the game after falling 2-1 behind after a brilliantly worked Palace goal. 

A long ball over the top from Danish international, Andersen, found the owner of England's newest cap, Conor Gallagher, as the Chelsea loanee turned well and poked the ball through to Benteke who drilled the ball low past Pope to his right.  

Benteke's versality to play with another striker alongside him but also a loan striker with wingers either side of him makes him a underrated asset for the former Nice manager, Viera. Benteke has played alongside Odsonne Edouard at times this season in a front two but in the case of today in a front three with Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew wide either side of him.   

  • "Ole Ole Ole Cornet Cornet"

When many people think of Burnley this season, it's normally related to how on earth they managed to pull off the signing of Maxwel Cornet from Lyon.

But the Ivorian is certainly making a name for himself at Turf Moor this season and is certainly that game changer that Burnley have needed for so long. 

Not only does he provide pace in attack, but he is scoring goals as well and today was no different as he got his second goal in front of the Turf Moor faithful with another wonder strike. 

Cornet got The Clarets level early in the second half with a ferocious volley which gave Guaita no chance as it fired past him into the roof of the net sending Turf Moor into raptures. 

The Ivorian international has certainly touched the hearts of every Burnley fan across the country and is certainly making a name for himself in the Premier League. 

Today's goal makes it five goals in six starts for Cornet and its clear to see that he's not finished yet! 

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