Sean Dyche looking for improvement from his side ahead of Palace clash

Tricia Pearson
September 11, 2017

"Normally you have ten games and we are at seven or eight including pre-season and the Carabao Cup", he said.

After scoring a last minute penalty against Tottenham Hotspur in his first appearance for the club before the global break, Wood capitalised on a awful back-pass from Lee Chung-yong to give the Clarets the lead after just three minutes at Turf Moor. If this was De Boer's farewell, it seemed a strangely fitting way to go.

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

Lee's blunder apart, Palace adapted to their new system reasonably well, sustaining high pressure on the Burnley back line and showing glimpses of the kind of style De Boer clearly covets - albeit with no reward. It is going to come down to my performances and whether I stay in the team or have to fight to get into it.

"I feel like I am in the form that I knew I had in me all along it has just taken a full season under my belt to get that".

During the worldwide break, chairman Steve Parish admitted the start to the new campaign had "not been great", adding "i t's a results-based business, so if you don't get wins. We know it takes time and it is a long-term project we have here".

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Across the first five rounds, he has dropped just two sets and played dominant tennis everytime he stepped on the court. I mean, I lost in the semifinals. "He was playing with confidence, was very good, and he was more aggressive than me".

Despite an aggressive, improved performance at Turf Moor, Palace host Southampton on Saturday still searching for their first point - and goal - of the campaign. They had had 23 shots to Burnley's four. De Boer's side also lost at home to Huddersfield Town and Swansea City, teams that they would expect to be competing with to avoid relegation, and suffered an away loss to Liverpool.

It is worth remembering that Steve Parish, the chairman now mulling over replacing the manager, said in June that one of the reasons why De Boer was hired was that he convinced the board he could tailor his methods to his new surrounds.

Dyche said the lack of patience shown toward managers was not simply a case of hasty decisions being made by owners.

The Eagles conceded after just three minutes, as Chris Wood found the back of the net, and while Palace mustered a handful of good chances, they couldn't work the ball past Tom Heaton or Nick Pope.

In one sense De Boer is right that he is being caricatured. "I'd like to prove a lot of people wrong, definitely, there's always people that say things, but that's for me to go out there and do my best for the club".

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

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