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Jay Rodriguez praised the “hard work” he and his Burnley team-mates have shown in training after his man of the match performance helped the team to a first win of the season against Crystal Palace.

Rodriguez set-up Chris Wood for the only goal of the game in the eighth minutes following a mistake by Palace defender Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Following the game, the English forward told Sky Sports the team had focused on themselves in training and that there was always a belief fortunes would eventually turn around.

“It was [a relief after] the hard work we put into that game,” he said. “We know Palace are a tough side with great players but I think we showed two sides of the game.

“We played really good football in the first half, in the second half, we stuck in to get the point.

“We felt that in training, we have been told to keep going, keep working, things will turn our way and thankfully they did today.”

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The victory means Sean Dyche’s side are now out of the relegation zone, only eight points behind 10th-placed Palace.

Rodriguez conceded the team aren’t where they would like to be but will not panic yet with so little of the season completed thus far.

“Obviously, you don’t want to be down there,” he added. “But I still feel it is early in this strange look to the start of the season.

“I feel we have to focus on what we can do every game and try and maximise everything we can and hopefully, you look after stuff like that and you start creeping up the table.

“You don’t want to be down there but you just have to focus on the next game.”

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May 2024