Such is the transformation wrought by Roy Hodgson, it is hard to envisage how Crystal Palace could not beg, steal or borrow a goal, let alone a Premier League match point, during the troubled early stages of the campaign. It became seven games, seven defeats.
"The only thing that interests me - and I have said it right from the start - is where we are on the final day of May and being one place above the relegation zone".
Nkoudou joined the Clarets on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season this week and is expected to go straight into the starting line-up as his new side look to secure their first win in six top-flight games. In the first half we created enough chances to have made things more comfortable for ourselves in the second half.
Sako scored the victor against Burnley by side-stepping defender Phil Bardsley and driving a powerful shot past goalkeeper Nick Pope for his seventh goal of the season.
The Clarets away form last season was awful and it was not until a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park on April 29 that they managed their first ― and only away win of the campaign which helped secure them top-flight survival.
"It's not easy because we have players out who have played a lot of games but we have other good players to come in and they are ready to do the job that the manager expects from them", Fosu-Mensah told the club's website.
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche, though, has stated that he does not want to lose Arfield in the January transfer window.
"We're in a run of games like that, really".
"I was pleased particularly with the second half today", he said.
"We re-addressed it at half-time and I was very pleased with the second half, and overall a draw [would have] probably [been] a fair result in my reflection on it".
"I have enjoyed my time here and it's a great opportunity to play in the Premier League and has been a good experience for me", the Dutchman added.
"We will make a decision whether we think he should start, or start on the bench".