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Frank De Boer's Crystal Palace still pointless and goalless after Swansea defeat

27 August, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Damning Frank de Boer verdict 'He lasted 85 days at Inter Milan but he will not reach that at Crystal Palace'

Frank de Boer, the Crystal Palace manager, said on the eve of this match that he was not anxious about his job, but on yesterday's evidence, he ought to be.

Such is life in the cut-throat surroundings of England's top flight, and especially when a team is not only losing but playing in a manner that suggests a first victory is not around the corner.

The Eagles lost their opening three Premier League games, and are at the bottom of the table along with West Ham, with goal difference separating them.

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Crystal Palace will host Swansea City on Saturday afternoon as they look to get their first Premier League win of the season, however they will be without four players, according to the club's official website.

While de Boer still needs time to implement his tactics at Palace, they looked very passive in possession and three losses going into the global break will not be pleasant reading for the Dutchman. "That is the Crystal Palace I want to see, we created chances then and Swansea did not". I can say so many names.

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has outlined his target with Swansea City in the ongoing campaign and stated his determination to become an "all round player" as he bids to cement his place in the team.

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Kelly was involved in Swansea's second goal in the 48th minute when he was robbed by Kyle Naughton on the halfway line and Naughton fed an on-side Jordan Ayew to score past Wayne Hennessey.

Kelly, who had come on as a substitute for the injured James Tomkins on 41 minutes, was also at fault for Swansea's first goal when he was easily outmuscled by Abraham.The striker ran on to Leroy Fer's cross and sent the ball past Hennessey with a side-footed volley from close range. Tammy Abraham scored his first goal for the Welsh club a minute before the interval.

But the Palace man's misery was doubled as the Swans went 2-0 up. Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andros Townsend will have to step up without Zaha.

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Attempts from Palace's front three were promising, however, Swansea seemed to be in control of the possession for most of the half.

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