Palace were the better team, admits Burnley boss Dyche

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The Burnley boss sympathised with opposition manager Frank de Boer following a narrow 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace

Burnley boss Sean Dyche agreed with Frank de Boer's assessment that Crystal Palace deserved more from Sunday's encounter, admitting the visitors were the better side.

Chris Wood's third-minute strike proved enough for a 1-0 home win as a fourth straight Premier League defeat increased the pressure on Eagles boss De Boer.

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Palace are yet to score this season despite attempting 23 shots in total at Turf Moor, managing five on target compared to Burnley's two, with defender Scott Dann the main culprit for failing to convert a late header from point-blank range.

Dyche considered his side fortunate to escape with three points from "probably the worst performance" of their season so far.

"[Palace] were the better side. They had a couple of very good chances," Dyche told BBC Sport.

"Sometimes it is just not going with you. We had it against West Brom recently where I thought we were excellent and we got nothing.

"We did not get into our stride, ironically, after scoring early. You would think that would help, but I weirdly thought it helped them. They seemed to play well more or less for the game after that.

"Over a season you just hope it balances up."

Dyche also praised the immediate impact of new signing Wood after the striker bagged his second goal in as many matches for Burnley, capitalising on Lee Chung-yong's poor back-pass.

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The New Zealand international, a club-record £15 million signing from Leeds United, has already earned the Clarets four points following his late equaliser against Tottenham last time out.

"He wants the challenge of being in the Premier League. I like that about players," the manager said of Wood's mentality.

"That is why we sometimes do recruit from the Championship. You want players with that desire to prove themselves and he certainly looks full of that. And it was a sublime finish."

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