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Palace, Wolves stumble after virus robs them of mainstays

Wilfried Zaha had appeared in every of Crystal Palace’s final 59 video games within the English Premier League stretching again to February 2019. Conor Coady hadn’t missed a minute of Wolverhampton’s 84 league video games since its promotion again to the highest division in 2018. The 2 mainstays had been unavailable whereas they remoted throughout the coronavirus pandemic and that took its toll on their groups on Monday.

Palace was toothless in assault with out Zaha, who examined constructive for COVID-19 forward of the sport, and slumped to a 1-Zero loss to a Burnley facet that hadn’t beforehand received within the league. Chris Wooden scored within the eighth minute.

Coady was lacking for Wolves, having needed to practice in isolation after discovering he inadvertently got here into contact with anyone who examined constructive for the virus. With fellow middle again Romain Saiss additionally out after contracting the virus, Wolves switched to a four-man protection for the primary time since Could 2017 — earlier than the arrival of present coach Nuno Espirito Santo — and was uncomfortable till a late rally earned a 1-1 draw at residence to Southampton.

Southampton led via a tap-in from Theo Walcott, who scored his first aim since returning for a second spell on the south-coast membership the place he began his skilled profession.

Pedro Neto got here off the bench to rescue some extent for Wolves within the 75th.

That equalizer stopped Southampton climbing to 3rd place after 9 video games. Wolves and Palace are in midtable, whereas Burnley’s first win of the season lifted Sean Dyche’s crew out of the underside three.

WALCOTT’S STREAK

Walcott’s aim means he he has scored a minimum of as soon as in 14 straight Premier Leagues.

“I’m solely 31 however I really feel like a child once more,” stated the ahead, whose profession has been rejuvenated since he moved again to Southampton in a mortgage swap from Everton, the place he was out of the image. “I’m match, I really like the Premier League.”

The previous England winger missed a one-on-one likelihood at 1-0, capturing extensive of the publish when clear via, and that price Southampton when Raul Jimenez’s effort got here again off the publish to permit Neto to brush residence the rebound.

“For everybody, it was a tricky recreation, tactically so demanding,” Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl stated. “It was like chess. They performed 4-3-3, we didn’t anticipate that, however we discovered the solutions.”

NERVY BURNLEY

Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche acknowledged he felt nervous within the closing minutes as his crew noticed out the win towards Palace to lastly launch its season.

“It will get a bit nervy as a result of we hadn’t discovered that first win,” Dyche stated, “so to get that one performed will do us the world of fine.”

It wanted an excellent sprawling save from Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope off substitute Christian Benteke in stoppage time to protect the lead.

Wooden’s aim got here when he latched onto a neat flick by strike associate Jay Rodriguez and sidefooted powerfully previous goalkeeper Vicente Guaita from a central place.

Palace has misplaced 20 of its 28 Premier League video games with out Zaha since he returned to the membership in 2014-15.

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