Football: Burnley's Chris Wood piles more pressure on Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer

Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer reacts during the match against Burnley on Sept 10, 2017.
Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer reacts during the match against Burnley on Sept 10, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS
Burnley’s Chris Wood celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League in Burnley, Britain, on Sept 10, 2017.
Burnley’s Chris Wood celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League in Burnley, Britain, on Sept 10, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - Burnley striker Chris Wood scored on his home debut as Crystal Palace suffered a fourth straight loss with a 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor on Sunday which will increase the pressure on their Dutch manager Frank de Boer.

An awful back pass from South Korean midfielder Lee Chung Yong gifted the third-minute opener to Wood, as Burnley's recent £15 million (S$26 million) club-record signing from Championship side Leeds United confidently fired past Wayne Hennessey.

Burnley's England international goalkeeper Tom Heaton had to be substituted in the 36th minute after suffering a shoulder injury, handing reserve keeper Nick Pope a Premier League debut.

Palace dominated the second half but Pope produced a superb save with his feet to foil striker Christian Benteke in the 80th minute and in the final stages, centre-back Scott Dann missed a golden chance, heading wide from three metres.

After the game, Clarets manager Sean Dyche revealed that Heaton suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder and could face months on the sidelines.

Heaton, who is part of England manager Gareth Southgate's current squad and has two caps, had to come off following a bad fall while gathering a cross.

"It is a suspected dislocated shoulder. We will have to see, if it is that, then it is not weeks, more like months," said Dyche.

Heaton has been pushing Joe Hart for the No. 1 shirt for England and holds realistic hopes of making the England squad for next year's World Cup.

Meanwhile, de Boer says he is convinced he can turn around the team's fortunes and keep his job.

 

Media reports have suggested that former Ajax and Inter Milan coach De Boer, in his first season at the club, could find himself sacked soon but he denied he had received any kind of ultimatum from Palace.

"No, I have very good contact with the chairman and the board," he told reporters. "Of course we are very critical to each other but always when we leave the door we have only one opinion and that is still that we are still with the project and we know where we come from and what we want to achieve.

"I'm convinced we are going to achieve it."

Despite an aggressive, improved performance at Turf Moor, Palace host Southampton on Saturday still searching for their first point - and goal - of the campaign.

"I just focus on what I can control and my staff, the players and keep thinking about Southampton from today. That is all I can do," the former Dutch international said.

"What other people think, they have to decide but when I'm still the manager of Palace, I will give 100 per cent."

Asked whether the battling display, which should have earned the London club at least a point, had bought him some time, De Boer said: "I don't know, they have to decide.

"I think this is a good starting point and this is what I want to see from any team that I manage. I want them to play with courage and maybe we didn't start with it but after the goal we showed what we can do.

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

Palace captain Jason Puncheon said he hoped De Boer would not be judged by Sunday's result after a game in which they failed to convert their chances after gifting Chris Wood the opener.

"I would like to think the manager is not judged on that performance, we were much improved," Puncheon said.

Burnley manager Dyche said he had some empathy with De Boer and conceded they had deserved more.

"I thought they were the better side," he said. "I thought they were the better side. I told him so."