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Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer rues 'false start' from his side

12 August, 2017, 22:24 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • David Wagner

"We worked all day during pre-season, we worked hard and the coach gave a us a lot of advice". In between, I watched Huddersfield Town play football.

Yes, now, probably the quality of the individuals - players and managers - is at the highest level, this is why they're in the Premier League.

"I think everyone can see how big of an influence he is in the dressing room and how good of a character he is for the team".

It was far from the ideal Premier League debut for Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer.

De Boer is an interesting appointment for the Eagles, with the shock departure of former England boss Sam Allardyce allowing them to bring in a more exotic appointment.

Jairo Riedewald, who De Boer knows from his time at Ajax, is a solid upgrade in defence and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has the pedigree to thrive with regular football in his loan spell from Chelsea.

"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to play with the number of talented ball players that are already in this squad at the club".

Huddersfield continued to have the better of the proceedings and, after Hennessey had comfortably kept out Philip Billing's long-range drive, the visitors found the net in the Premier League for the first time. Huddersfield's first Premier League goal will go down as a Joel Ward own goal, whilst the first Huddersfield player to score in the Premier League was club record signing Steve Mounie, who bagged himself a brace.

Forwards Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke both had chances to put Palace, who staved off relegation last season, back in the game in the dying minutes of the first half, while Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made good saves from both in the second.

- The Terriers are just the fifth newly promoted side to win on the opening day of the Premier League since 2008-09 (also West Ham in 2012, Blackpool in 2010 and Hull in 2008 and 2016).

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