Under-fire De Boer on the brink at Palace

Burnley FC news Nick Pope eager for more action after impressive Premier League debut

"I said before the match I had a good feeling that the squad have confidence, but they didn't start with that confidence, and maybe that is the result of the goal we conceded". Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.

On Sunday, Crystal Palace travel to Burnley in what is seen as a do or die game for De Boer, who is facing the sack should they lose.

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.

Lee Chung-yong's blunder today allowed Burnley to take advantage of the chance that was presented to them and put Crystal Palace firmly in the history books. Sitting at the bottom of the table with a woeful 0 points, Palace are desperate for a result.

Schlupp expertly created space for himself in the area but failed with his shot, McArthur went close with a header, and Heaton had to claim a cross from Lee - hurting himself in the process and leaving the field to be replaced by Nick Pope.

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. Their methodology - set-pieces and an aerial attack - may have owed more to Sam Allardyce than his successor, but it nearly succeeded.

That was the last effort from the hosts as they battened down the hatches and scrapped to hang on to the three points, which they managed to do thanks to Pope's excellent save from Benteke and Dann's bad miss.

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




Pointless and goalless, Palace must turn things around and quick.

This week, amidst newspaper reports that his Crystal Palace career might be shorter still, he met with the chairman Steve Parish.

Despite an improved display, Palace were unable to find a response to Chris Wood's goal for the Clarets.

The club are reportedly interested in trying to coax Allardyce out of retirement, while Roy Hodgson has also been mentioned as a potential replacement for De Boer. "They had two fantastic chances, particularly Dann's".

James Tomkins (groin) and Yohan Cabaye (muscular) could also be available, but Wilfried Zaha (knee) is out.

If De Boer's philosophy is tied neither to a formation nor to a precise style, what does it entail?

"We know in the Premier League you need as many different attacking threats as possible and he is a different type [of attacking threat] to what we've got".

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