Yesterday saw Crystal Palace extend their pointless start to the season to four games after they fell to a 1-0 against Burnley at Turf Moor but in truth, the final score only tells half of the story.
Having struggled hugely to adapt to the 3-4-3 system favoured by new Eagles boss Frank de Boer in the opening weeks of the 2-17/18 Premier League campaign, the players were given a boost when learning that the Dutchman was all set to go back to 4-3-3 for the trip to Lancashire; a decision that, barring a third minute brain fart from Lee Chung-Yong, saw the boys produce a dramatically improved performance in front of the TV cameras.
According to WhoScored.com, Palace managed 23 shots to Burnley’s five, 13 corners to the Clarets’ three and 76% pass completion to the hosts’ 63%, all whilst enjoying 65% of the overall possession, albeit without being able to find the back of the net on a single occasion.
We also saw Christian Benteke go close to opening his account for the season, only to be denied by the outstretched toe of home goalkeeper Pope, alongside two goal-bound efforts cleared off the line and a gilt-edged late header put wide from close-range by Scott Dann. In those circumstances, it feels incredibly harsh to blame Frank de Boer for the loss.
Clearly, the defeat provoked Steve Parish into action, who, after a prolonged spell of silence, took to Twitter to discuss the tricky spot we currently find ourselves in. Predictably, given the nature of social media in 2017, he came in for a fair bit of stick but given the fact that he could have continued to stay quiet, I have to admire his decision to face the music from fans who are understandably keen to vent following our dismal start.
Anyway so much for not answering people when we lose.
Tough spot this. Looking forward to turning it round Saturday.
Up The Palace!
— Steve Parish (@CEO4TAG) September 10, 2017
Maybe I’m wrong but his tone and general defiance seemed to suggest that we haven’t seen the end of Frank de Boer just yet. Have a read and let me know what you think. The tweet above was the last one he sent in a short space of time last night.
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