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Crystal Palace and Burnley picked up a point apiece from a 1-1 draw today at Selhurst Park and Palace boss Patrick Vieira said it was all credit to us that his side didn’t win the game.

Having drawn 3-3 in his first competitive encounter against Burnley earlier in the season at the Turf, he said of this latest point: “It was difficult. We knew how challenging that game was going to be, and we conceded the goal where we had a bit too much space in our back four and knew we needed to be compact. That moment of a lack of concentration we conceded.

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“We knew how good they were in playing the long ball. We managed it quite well but in the end we conceded that goal and that took the win away from us.”

He continued: “You always can improve in some parts of the game. We had a gameplan. The reason we played Jeff Schlupp in that position is because of his mobility to run in behind. He managed to be in the right place and score a goal, so it’s not about team selection. It’s about how they make it really difficult for us.

“We didn’t have enough control of the game. When we had possession we didn’t create very much because we didn’t put the ball on the floor and start play. They did it quite well, putting us under pressure and I’m disappointed. We tried in the second half, had a couple of situations and were missing something.

“All credit to them. They worked hard in the first half and I think physically at the end we had momentum. We had a couple of chances but overall of course when you lead and score first you want to win the game. They made it really difficult for us and all credit to them.”

Sean Dyche was happy to get another point in the bag. “I wasn’t too disappointed with the first half,” he said. “We just didn’t find the true rhythm and the tempo of our game. It was a little bit lacklustre and we took a bit of time to settle down. But in the second half, I thought that we put in a real strong display to go and get a result.

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“I don’t think we’ve been far off from competing over the course of the season. We’ve gone so close to getting the second, we’ve hit the bar, they’ve hit the post.”

He said: “It’s always tough coming down to this ground and I know we’ve done well here in the last few seasons, but I thought the mentality was firm. We just didn’t ask enough questions in the first half. We were a bit soft and a bit slow with the ball too many times, and in the second half we really got at them, pushed them on the back foot on numerous occasions and played our own game.

“The response at half time was terrific and to go about it with such a clear mentality and get the goal set the tone for us. We’ve been getting the details right, the shape is good, the energy is good, the commitment to the cause is good and some of the play has been really good as well.”

That’s seven points won since last season. “It’s a pleasing week,” the manager said. “I think the players have earned the right to do that. I said no one gives you anything in the Premier League and they know that, and overall over the week, we put in three really big performances for different reasons.

“In the second half the mentality was fantastic again. They took the game on from the very first whistle, which I asked them to do, and they did. We’ve had a big week, an important week, and that’s another point on the board. It’s one loss in seven now so that’s good for the mentality of the side and how we’re going about it.

“We know the challenge right in front of us, we’ve had it before, and we will take it on.”

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