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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.

"A really tight affair".

Respective knee and ankle injuries suffered by Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend mean they will be absent for what their manager described as "months, and closer to one month" when other influential players are also absent.

The Eagles manager said Dyche has done an'excellent job since taking over Burnley in 2012
The Eagles manager said Dyche has done an'excellent job since taking over Burnley in 2012

Palace boss Roy Hodgson praised Sako afterwards: "Before this season he spent a lot of time on the bench and I don't quite know how many chances he's had, but he's obviously not done well enough in them to force himself into the team, but he has done very well recently for us".

He said: "I don't really concern myself with too much, only if the team's moving forward and they are, so that's the bigger picture".

Dyche's men, who have outperformed expectations this season, have not tasted victory in over a month, with their last win coming against Stoke on December 12. "In the first half we created chances to make life more comfortable for us in the second half".

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"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 was pleased with the mentality second half".

With that monkey off their back, Burnley have this season been excellent on the road, amassing 17 points, including four wins.

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The Canadian Arfield has just six months left on his current deal and he has reportedly attracted interest from the Hammers as well as Brighton and Crystal Palace.

Benteke leapt to power over from a Luka Milivojevic corner, while a set-piece situation saw Dyche's side belatedly threaten - Vokes glancing Johann Gudmundsson's searching ball from the left just past the far top corner. Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend will look to inspire the home side by using their pace and ability on the ball to try and break down Burnley's low block, while James Tomkins will lead his back line and be tired of the Clarets counter-attacks.

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