Will Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer survive the weekend?
Sep 11 2017
Frank de Boer is convinced he can bring success to Crystal Palace and that sacking him now would be nonsensical. The biggest thing for Palace is, from the outside looking in, they were looking for a whole culture change with the way the team operates.
Palace were up against tough opposition in Burnley, who had picked up four points in the league. The Clarets shocked reigning champions Chelsea on the opening weekend at Stamford Bridge and also took a point off Tottenham at Wembley prior to the worldwide break. For all the praise from both managers, however, Palace tested his inexperienced deputy too rarely.
The South Korea global badly misjudged the pass and left his goalkeeper stranded, Wood duly steering home an excellent first-time finish from outside the area. To put that in context, they only won seven points on the road in the whole of last season.
Palace's next opportunity to pick up their first win of the season comes at home to Southampton next Saturday.
But, while it's only early days, he's already been lambasted after a pointless start to the season in which Palace have been hammered at home to new boys Huddersfield, defeated at Anfield by Liverpool, then booed off the pitch in another home loss, this time to Swansea.
Midfielder Jeff Hendrick (thigh) is Burnley's only injury doubt. However, despite three straight defeats, Sean Dyche promises that his side will be right at it at the weekend.
But Parish has reiterated on social media that fans, players and staff must stick together; these sentiments were shared by injured Wilfried Zaha. "We all want to rush through this game and every player, every media outlet, they all want players to be exceptional within three games of playing professional football".
The arrival of former Ajax coach De Boer as Sam Allardyce's successor was meant to herald an elevation in the quality of the Eagles' playing style, but Palace are now the first top-flight team since the 1924-25 season to lose their first four matches without scoring a goal.