Burnley 1-zero Crystal Palace – Clarets increase drive on De Boer as wood …


Frank de Boer is on the brink of the sack at Crystal Palace after a fourth straight defeat.

Palace have set a new Premier League low by losing their first four games without managing a single goal and the club are expected to wield the axe on the Dutchman’s brief reign.

About Burnley
Burnley () is a market town in Lancashire, England, with a population of 73,021. It is 21 miles (34 km) north of Manchester and 20 miles (32 km) east of Preston, at the confluence of the River Calder and River Brun.
The town is partially surrounded by countryside to the south and east, with the smaller towns of Padiham and Nelson to the west and north respectively. It has a reputation as a regional centre of excellence for the manufacturing and aerospace industries.
The town began to develop in the early medieval period as a number of farming hamlets surrounded by manor houses and royal forests, and has held a market for more than 700 years. During the Industrial Revolution it became one of Lancashire’s most prominent mill towns; at its peak it was one of the world’s largest producers of cotton cloth, and a major centre of engineering.
Burnley has retained a strong manufacturing sector, and has strong economic links with the cities of Manchester and Leeds, as well as neighbouring towns along the M65 corridor. In 2013, in recognition of its success, Burnley received an Enterprising Britain award from the UK Government, for being the “Most Enterprising Area in the UK”. For the first time in more than fifty years, a direct train service now operates between the town’s Manchester Road railway station and Manchester’s Victoria station, via the newly restored Todmorden Curve, which opened in May 2015.

Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace: Clarets increase pressure on De Boer as Wood …

About Crystal
A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituents (such as atoms, molecules, or ions) are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure, forming a crystal lattice that extends in all directions. In addition, macroscopic single crystals are usually identifiable by their geometrical shape, consisting of flat faces with specific, characteristic orientations. The scientific study of crystals and crystal formation is known as crystallography. The process of crystal formation via mechanisms of crystal growth is called crystallization or solidification.
The word crystal derives from the Ancient Greek word κρύσταλλος (krustallos), meaning both “ice” and “rock crystal”, from κρύος (kruos), “icy cold, frost”.
Examples of large crystals include snowflakes, diamonds, and table salt. Most inorganic solids are not crystals but polycrystals, i.e. many microscopic crystals fused together into a single solid. Examples of polycrystals include most metals, rocks, ceramics, and ice. A third category of solids is amorphous solids, where the atoms have no periodic structure whatsoever. Examples of amorphous solids include glass, wax, and many plastics.
Crystals are often used in pseudoscientific practices such as crystal therapy, and, along with gemstones, are sometimes associated with spellwork in Wiccan beliefs and related religious movements.

The Eagles have gone backwards since de Boer replaced Sam Allardyce in the summer as the former Ajax and Inter Milan boss and tried to change their playing style.

This latest loss was self-inflicted and Chris Wood pounced on Lee Chung-yong’s suicidal backpass inside three minutes to score his second Premier League goal in his two top-flight appearances for the Clarets.

Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace: Clarets increase pressure on De Boer as Wood …

Chris Wood scores for Burnley
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Chris Wood celebrates scoring
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Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer
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Palace also squandered several fine chances to score their first Premier League goal of the campaign.

Christian Benteke, James McArthur and Jeffrey Schlupp were the worst offenders, while Scott Dann had a shot cleared off the line.

Sam Vokes missed a chance to add to Burnley’s tally and the win continues their fine start to the campaign.

Their only disappointment was skipper and England goalkeeper Tom Heaton going off with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

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Joel Ward of Crystal Palace looks dejected
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Burnley: Heaton (Pope, 36), Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour (Westwood, 82), Brady, Vokes (Barnes, 64), Wood.

Subs: Bardsley, Long, Arfield, Walters.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Fosu-Mensah, Schlupp, Puncheon, Cabaye, McArthur (Riedewald, 81), Lee (Lumeka, 65), Townsend, Benteke

Subs: Speroni, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Kelly, Kaikai,

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Burnley secure the three points this afternoon thanks to Chris Wood’s strike three minutes into the contest. However, the real story this afternoon is Crystal Palace and their failure at both ends of the pitch. It began with Chung-yong Lee’s terrible mistake to allow Wood to pounce, while at the other end the Eagles missed a host of chances – none more so than Scott Dann in the dying embers, putting his header wide of the post. The pressure will rise on Frank de Boer as his side have lost all four of their matches thus far, failing to find the net in each contest.



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The referee ends the contest.

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Burnley win a corner with seconds remaining and they should be able to see out the win from this position.

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Wood takes the ball into the corner to take a few more seconds off the clock.

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Benteke wins a header in the final third, but this one trickles safely into the arms of Pope.

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There will be three minutes of added time.

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SHOCKING MISS! Dann misses an absolute sitter for the visitors. The defender latches on to Cabaye’s brilliant ball across the face of goal, but under pressure from Lowton he guides his header wide of the post. Oh dear – there’s nothing De Boer can do about that. His side have let him down back-to-front today.

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SAVE! Cabaye goes for the blast from distance and he gets power and accuracy on his strike, but Pope beats the ball way with his fists.

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All hands on deck for the Clarets as the visitors pull them one way then the other at the back.

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BLOCK! Tarkowski is there again to make an important block at the back as he steers Riedewald’s low blast behind for a corner.

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WIDE! Townsend weaves his way on to his left foot from the right flank and shoots towards the net. His effort takes a deflection as it heads wide of the post. Palace have a corner and are putting the pressure on the hosts here.

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OFF THE LINE! Dann is denied for the second time of the contest as his strike is cleared off the line again. It’s eerily similar to his first effort as he collects and lashes the ball on the half-volley towards goal. However, Tarkowski on the lunge clears makes the stop.

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Lowton concedes a corner as he gets put under pressure from Lemeka. Can the Eagles get back into the game?

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A loose pass from Cabaye eases the pressure on the Burnley defence as the visitors continue to search for a way through.

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Defour makes way for Westwood for the Clarets.

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Riedewald replaces McArthur for the visitors.

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SAVE! Benteke surges through the middle of the Burnley defence and only has Pope to beat, but the keeper narrows the angle and makes the save with his left foot. The striker kicks out at the post in frustration.

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Tarkowski continues his impressive afternoon as he clears the ball away at full stretch just when Ward’s low cross appeared to be on course to find Benteke.

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BLOCK! Benteke collects in the final third and goes for the strike, but Mee stands in his way and makes the block for the Clarets.

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Benteke goes into the book as frustration gets the better of him in his aerial duel with Tarkowski.

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SAVE! Barnes collects in the final third and strikes on his left foot towards the bottom corner. Hennessey gets down to make the stop, parrying the ball away from goal and Wood lurking in the area.

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Benteke bursts into the right inside channel, but Tarkowski remains goalside of the forward and edges him out as the ball trickles behind for a goal-kick.

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OVER! Burnley fail to clear their lines from a corner and the ball falls kindly for Schlupp inside the box. He lines up the effort, only to smash his strike over the bar.

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CHANCE! Townsend lifts a cross to the back post and Lemeka gets ahead of Lowton to head at goal, but his effort deflects off the full-back and heads just wide of the post.

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Burnley have ridden out the early pressure from Palace and starting to enjoy a strong period of possession themselves.

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Barnes latches on to a long ball forward and knocks it into the path of Wood, but he cannot make contact with his first-time strike on the half-volley.