Frank de Boer's misery deepens after Palace's fourth straight defeat

Monday, 11 Sep, 2017

During the global break, chairman Steve Parish admitted the start to the new campaign had "not been great", adding "it's a results-based business, so if you don't get wins". "When I'm still the manager of Palace I will give 100 per cent", he said. Overseeing three defeats from three games, De Boer's possession based philosophy has come under fire from critics and fans alike.

The Clarets only claimed the win due to a horrific defensive mistake from Lee Chung-Yong - who passed the ball straight to Chris Wood to run on and score - and some seriously bad finishing from a number of his players - Christian Benteke and Scott Dann especially.

It's hard to know what Palace were expecting when they hired De Boer in the summer, if they assumed that he would somehow change their fortunes quickly.

They remain without a league goal or point this season under Dutchman De Boer, chronically short of confidence and second bottom of the division.

It's no secret that the Burnley boss was keen on taking charge of our lovely lot once Sam Allardyce departed but after consideration, the powers that be decided he wasn't the right man for the club and plumped with, as you all know, Frank de Boer. I will show you a hundred horror stories of people that said they were going to play Barcelona football. I remember Van Gaal when he started at Bayern Munich. Given that they'll do well to get anywhere near last season's return from home fixtures, early indication that they'll be more positive on the road will have pleased Dyche.

Wood has had a brief taste of the Premier League previously, for West Brom and Leicester City, but this looks like being his first prolonged spell at the highest level, after he finished as the top scorer in the Championship last season with Leeds United.

The loss at Turf Moor is Crystal Palace's fourth in a row, and increases the pressure on the London club's Dutch manager Frank De Boer.

“Nahki is a player I have known for a while, ” Dyche told reporters yesterday.

"There was only one team deserving to win today and it was us".

"You can not expect to win every game, it's a work in progress still".

De Boer seems to be insistent that he doesn't need to change his tactics to better suit the Premier League style of play.

They pushed and pushed for an equaliser, and Pope made a fine save from Benteke after he had broken into the penalty area for what was Palace's best chance of the match.

"But the most important thing I always think is if you're going to play like this every week we will get what we deserve".