Wood ready to fight for place

Sep 11, 2017, 00:33
Wood ready to fight for place

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer vows to continue fighting for his job despite falling to a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat without scoring.

Burnley welcome Crystal Palace to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, and are favourites to pick up all three points given the contrasting form of the two sides this season.

The Premier League side have reportedly thought long and hard about sacking the Dutchman during the global break, despite De Boer only taking charge this summer.

"I think we just look at them [Crystal Palace] as the next team", says Dyche. "When I'm still the manager of Palace I will give 100 per cent", he said.

Another Palace loss on Saturday, at a Burnley side with a strong home record since returning to the Premier League for the 2015-16 season, would leave the club's American owners David Blitzer and Josh Harris with a big decision to make.

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The Clarets only claimed the win due to a horrific defensive mistake from Lee Chung-Yong - who passed the ball straight to Chris Wood to run on and score - and some seriously bad finishing from a number of his players - Christian Benteke and Scott Dann especially. That's why I first tried Andros Townsend there but then we were a little more vulnerable defensively.

Even Burnley boss Sean Dyche claimed Palace were "genuinely the better side" and De Boer agreed, claiming he wouldn't have done anything different.

Christian Benteke then headed just wide from a cross from the risky Andros Townsend before James McArthur nodded another effort past a post from a sixth corner inside the opening 23 minutes.

Frank de Boer is convinced he can bring success to Crystal Palace and that sacking him now would be nonsensical.

"I'm not so concerned about it, we have a very good relationship".

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"That gives me a lot of hope for the future".

"He has been active in the game and kept in touch with us throughout the game".

"Sometimes, though, as a manager you need to have time as well to build something, to create a certain atmosphere within the group and a certain belief to do well and get results".

Irrespective of the formation De Boer elects to play at Burnley, the Palace defence will not include Mamadou Sakho, the centre-back signed from Liverpool for £26m.

They pushed and pushed for an equaliser, and Pope made a fine save from Benteke after he had broken into the penalty area for what was Palace's best chance of the match.

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