Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0
By Burnley FC
September 10 2017
Chris Wood marked his Turf Moor debut in stunning style as he struck to give the Clarets their first home win of the season.
Burnley’s record buy took just three minutes of his first home appearance to follow up his dramatic opening goal for the club. And that proved enough to give his new side a second win of the campaign and lift them to seventh place in the Premier League.
But Wood was not the only hero on the day as Burnley had to dig deep and ride their luck at times to keep a first clean sheet in the league this season and consign Palace to a fourth successive defeat without scoring a goal.
The Eagles therefore became the first club to suffer that kind of start to a top-flight season for 93 years.
But they will surely play worse and win as they fully extended a Burnley side indebted to a rock-solid back four and rookie goalkeeper Nick Pope, who made a late match-winning save after replacing the injured Tom Heaton, for making Wood the match-winner.
A full debut for the former Leeds United striker represented the only change to the Clarets’ starting line-up following their draw at Tottenham before the international break.
Wood’s late equaliser after coming off the bench at Wembley earned him a first ever Premier League start and a slot alongside Sam Vokes in an attack-minded 4-4-2 formation as Scott Arfield made way.
And the August signing wasted no time in making his mark at his new home, giving the Clarets the perfect start.
From a Palace point of view it was very much self-inflicted, Lee Chung-yong playing a poor back pass from inside Burnley’s half under pressure from Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
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FdB was hired to change the Eagles approach, and from last Saturday's performance (back pass excluded!) they looked good, together and will play much worse and get points from other games. Now they bring in Woy............I'd be very surprised if 70 year old Woy 'connects' with the dressing room, and shocked if he picks up his bonus for keeping Palace in the Prem........mainly because I don't think he'll be the Palace manager come May 2018.
A million pound bonus to keep Palace up, I wonder how much de Boer will get for 'f**king up'.
Woy managed abroad and parlez's a bit of Swedish and German, so he can 'dazzle' in an interview about his ability to speak to foreign players in something other than mono-syllabic English. His double act with Ray Lewington will do well to keep the Eagles soaring in the Prem.