Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle hits late winner to stun Burnley

Alan Pardew’s reign at Selhurst Park is only 16 days old but history has already repeated itself. That, like much else that has happened this month, is something Crystal Palace can celebrate. For the second successive week, they trailed and had the character and quality to transform defeat into victory. Once again, Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon were the scorers. And, as he had done seven days earlier, Pardew exerted a catalytic impact.

Tottenham were sunk partly because he brought on Adlène Guedioura for Barry Bannan. Burnley were beaten following a rapid rethink after Pardew recognised his initial tactics were failing. A reshuffle brought a revival and a remarkable turnaround. Pardew, rarely one for false modesty, could be excused for arguing it was the turning point. Certainly the Palace fans needed little persuading. No sooner had Puncheon levelled than they chorused: “Alan Pardew is one of our own.” Newcastle supporters rarely voiced such sentiments but his has been a happy homecoming.

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