De Boer under more pressure as Palace loses 1-0 at Burnley

Sunday, 10 Sep, 2017

De Boer will be encouraged by the effort and commitment of his team, who will leave Lancashire feeling they deserved at least a draw, but ruing their failure to convert their overwhelming possession after the break into a goal.

Palace is the first team since the EPL era began in 1992 to lose its first four games of a season.

Crystal Palace have Ruben Loftus-Cheek back in the squad after a groin strain. De Boer knows his position could be on the line. Sadly for the recalled Lee Chung-yong, the defence he bisected was his own. Wood had followed up his equaliser against Tottenham with a stylish hat-trick for New Zealand and he looked a striker full of confidence when he latched on to Lee Chung-Yong's bad backpass from the halfway line, saw the advancing Wayne Hennessey and clipped a first-time finish past him from 25 yards. But instead the highly-decorated former defender has clung on for the trip to Turf Moor. The manager's Dutch influence has proved miserable so far. But while Palace are clearly still adapting, the home side looked utterly comfortable with their manager's instructions, and for all the defending they had to do in an occasionally torrid first period, it would just about pay off.

Indeed, far from being a man on the brink, he looked forward.

Newcastle assistant manager Francisco de Miguel Moreno said: "Rafa wanted to come and wanted to do everything he could to attend but the weather conditions were not the best. I'm convinced we are going to achieve it". But De Boer can't shoulder all the blame for that statistic. "I am very disappointed about the result", he said. It always takes time." saying, "I was a youth coach, and after six months it was "Hey, now they're playing the way I think they have to play".

Yet at home they have yet to score a goal or earn a point. However, they did. Keane joined Everton for in the region of £25 million and Andre Gray moved back south after the club agreed a fee with Watford of around £18 million for the striker which, considering the player only had one year left on his contract, appears excellent business by those representing Burnley.

The manager was sacked after just 85 days with Inter Milan last season, and his attempts to change a settled Crystal Palace team hasn't gone down well with players. "They had two fantastic chances, particularly Dann's".

79' SAVE! Great save from Pope, there, spreading himself wide to thwart Benteke once again.

Key to Burnley's successes last season was their impressive home form in the Premier League.

"It's early yet [and] we believe in giving players a chance", said Dyche. For all the praise from both managers, however, Palace tested his inexperienced deputy too rarely.