Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Crystal Palace boss takes hope for the future from performance against Burnley

Crystal Palace boss takes hope for the future from performance against Burnley

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.

Crystal Palace face a Burnley side that have started the season impressively, and the encounter at Turf Moor will be a hard one. De Boer said that he had met with Steve Parish this week and said he was convinced that the Palace chairman, as well as the players, fully understood what he was trying to do.

The struggles have seen reports saying de Boer's job was on the line, and his seat will only grow hotter after Sunday's defeat. We all want to play on the big stage against the big teams week in, week out, and thats what well be doing.”.

The hosts are favourites to win the game, and we are backing them as our prediction. I'm not so concerned about it.

It took just three minutes for Wood - making his first start for Burnley following his summer move from Leeds - to open the scoring, with the goal put on a plate for the New Zealand global. "I don't feel sorry for anyone in the position - we all know the pitfalls".

"It always takes time, you don't have to panic suddenly", said the Dutchman, who lasted just 85 days as coach of Italian club Inter despite his positive track record with Ajax. Seeing the schedule, everyone had calculated we would have four points as a minimum so far and that's not the case but it's still a work in progress. "It's this mentality we have to achieve". "We have to do that much better".

"You don't have to panic suddenly".

We think that this game will see a minimum of three goals, and hence, we are backing more than 2.5 goals in the game as our prediction.

"It's a project and you don't suddenly throw this overboard when you have a bad start".

It would be extremely harsh for Palace to sack De Boer after this performance, particularly as numerous club's issues - including the squad management mentioned above - are not his fault.

Without doubt, one of the most impressive goalkeepers across the top flight last season, Heaton has started this season impressively too.

"I am just focusing on what I can control and so are my staff and my players", he said. Against Liverpool I think we did quite well.

“Theyre a good bunch of lads there and I wish them nothing but success.

"We discussed it and everybody agreed", he says. [Goalkeeper] Wayne Hennessey has sometimes gone very direct.

He also added: "People are frustrated, I'm frustrated, so are the management and players. We have to adapt to what we have". De Boer will reportedly instruct his team to play in a more orthodox 4-3-3 formation against Burnley.

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