Julian Speroni saved Scott Arfield's late penalty as Crystal Palace and Burnley drew 0-0 in the Barclays Premier League at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
The Palace goalkeeper flung himself to his right to keep out the midfielder's spot-kick in the 85th minute after Lukas Jutkiewicz had been fouled by Mile Jedinak.
The result ensures both sides continue to search for their first Barclays Premier League win of the season, while Burnley's afternoon was further soured by last season's top scorer Danny Ings hobbling off shortly before half-time with a hamstring injury.
Sean Dyche's side now look set to be without both leading strikers from last season as Sam Vokes continues his recovery from a serious knee problem, and they were unable to carve out any clear goalscoring opportunities until Jedinak's foul offered them the chance of taking all three points back to Lancashire.
The home side had had the better of the chances up until that point, and almost had an early lead when Scott Dann struck the crossbar in the opening stages, but they were unable to find a way through in Neil Warnock's first game back in charge at Selhurst Park.
After letting in three goals in the draw at Newcastle United, Warnock will at least have been pleased to see his side secure a clean sheet, with the Eagle's Barclays Premier League survival last season built upon a strong defensive record under Tony Pulis.
The London club made three changes from the game at St James' Park, including a debut for new signing James McArthur in midfield and a first start for Wilfried Zaha in his second spell back at the club.
The away side showed just one alteration from their stalemate with Manchester United before the international break, as new signing George Boyd made his bow in place of Matt Taylor on the left flank.
The hosts twice went close to taking the lead inside the opening eight minutes as Damien Delaney's shot was deflected narrowly over the angle of post and bar before Dann headed Fraizer Campbell's delivery against the woodwork.
Zaha then thumped a shot straight at Tom Heaton, with the Clarets’ captain Jason Shackell forced to clear off the line after the ball had rebounded off his shin.
Midway through the half, Dwight Gayle snatched at a chance and fired over following a poor header from Michael Duff.
Palace began the second period as they had the first and Gayle was agonisingly close to getting a telling touch on Jedinak's header across goal in the 51st minute.
McArthur fired a volley narrowly over the bar soon afterwards, while Arfield tested Speroni for the first time with a stinging drive from the edge of the area.
Dyche’s side looked set to claim a maximum return when referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot after Jedinak's foul in the box, but Speroni came to his captain's rescue as both sides were forced to settle for a draw.
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "It was a very good save, he does them every week. That's why he's been here so long. I think they broke the mould when he came, he's a one-off. I don't think I've ever heard him shout, maybe that's his biggest problem. But he's a gem of a person and he trains like that every day.
"If we'd have got a goal in the first half when we had some very good chances then the game opens up and it's a different ball game. But the longer you go you always risk doing what we did then only a good save from Julian gets us a point.
"I'm glad the first game is out of the way and we can get on with it now. It was a bit up and down but I'm glad to come away with a point."
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "You can see the belief is growing. We just missed that extra quality in the top third but that will come.
"If you are brave enough to take a penalty you have to be brave enough to score and to miss. Scotty Arnfield was brave enough and I don't have a problem with that."
"I wouldn't say I'm delighted, I'm pleased. It was Neil [Warnock]'s first game back here at home which brings a bit more fervour to their side. I thought we coped with it well overall. We played some pockets of good stuff, but we can still use the ball better than we did.
"We're a work in progress at this level but there were some good signs again. We know the top third of the pitch at this level is where it's important and we were nearly opening up the real clear chances and they don't come as freely, so that's our challenge to find that real clarity.
"I'm pleased with the whole team and the group we have because it is adapting to it, for myself as well. It's a work in progress and we're new to it and we have to keep learning and developing the group."
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