Emphatic Chris Wood condemns Crystal Palace to fourth straight defeat

Posted September 10, 2017

The sense is that Crystal Palace have not just lost matches under Frank de Boer; they have lost their way, and he may lose his job as a result. They are yet to win or score a goal in the top flight of English football so far and their 2-0 defeat against Swansea City last time out was a third straight league loss. However, the transition from the direct style of former manager Sam Allardyce has not been a smooth one for the Palace players.

Burnley's record buy took just three minutes of his first home appearance to follow up his dramatic opening goal for the club.

But Benteke was denied by Pope in the 78th minute, then Dann headed wide from no more than four yards out to ensure another dismal afternoon for De Boer.

"But we can also blame ourselves, with how we gave the goal away, and not scoring our opportunities".

After his Wembley heroics off the bench Chris Wood was handed a first start by Sean Dyche, and his first at this level.

And Wood appears to have settled into the Premier League seamlessly.

The Clarets must stay compact in defence if they want to keep their first clean sheet of the season.

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Pope was called into action to make a fine save with 10 minutes to go. "I told him so".

In an alternate reality, Palace now sit mid table on four points having won and drawn their two home games and lost at Liverpool.

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. I took a step back into the Championship, but I knew one day I would be back.

Palace have lost to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea so far in a bad start.

Frank de Boer has admitted his Crystal Palace players are doing nearly everything right... except putting the ball in the back of the net.

Time was a luxury he didn't have last season at Inter Milan. He attributed that to De Boer's decision to jettison his favoured 3-4-3 formation for a more familiar 4-3-3. Few mid ranking Premier League clubs weren't linked with the New Zealander during the summer but it was Burnley who matched Leeds' asking price for the jewel in their crown.

From Nightmare on Elm Street to Nightmare at Turf Moor. If this was De Boer's farewell, it seemed a strangely fitting way to go. It's a "show me some improvement or you'll get the axe" type situation for him, and he'll be lucky to get any sleep Saturday night.