The Eagles headed into the game looking to build on their impressive 4-1 win against Leeds United before the international break. Instead, their poor form on their travels continued in the absence of the influential Wilfried Zaha, who was ruled out being forced to self-isolate, meaning he missed the trip to Turf Moor.
Without Zaha, Palace would have been looking to both Townsend and Eberechi Eze to provide a creative spark and help them break down a resolute Burnley defence. However, the 29-year-old delivered a frustrating performance, struggling to retain possession on the night as he gave away the ball 25 times (Sofascore).
That did not help Palace try and break down the Clarets’ defence and, although he did make three key passes, he only found a team-mate with 73% of his passes in the game (Sofascore). That is something he will need to improve upon if he is going to be able to help the Eagles cope better without Zaha against Newcastle United on Friday night.
Palace fans rage over Andros Townsend’s performance
Many Crystal Palace fans were keen to criticise the winger’s deliveries and sloppiness in possession, while one fan questioned Roy Hodgson’s decision to keep him on the field throughout the entire game.
Townsend has made so many mistakes tonight #cpfc
— Rob Simmons (@RobSimmons23) November 23, 2020
Think Townsend has been a little below par again today, deliveries haven't been great. #CPFC
— Joe Doyle (@joedoyle_) November 23, 2020
Townsend has been woeful #CPFC
— George Mann (@George_Persona) November 23, 2020
We are just hitting and hoping. Always one final pass to opening Burnley up. How Townsend has stayed on all game is just a embarrassment #cpfc
— TankMatt and 452 other people (@tank_matt) November 23, 2020
Townsend delivery has been poor tonight #cpfc
— JH (@Hape9999) November 23, 2020
Absolute garbage Palace. Didn’t even look bothered. Townsend awful. Benteke, well what’s the point. #CPFC
— Lee Bowman (@LeeCPDAFC) November 23, 2020
Townsend dropping a 0/10 🖕#cpfc
— Will 🦅 (@WillR1991) November 23, 2020