Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

De Boer unconcerned by mounting Palace pressure

De Boer unconcerned by mounting Palace pressure

They have been architects of their own downfall, their problems caused in part by misguided attempts to pass the ball.

Frank de Boer is nearing his end.

Former boss Sam Allardyce has made comments hinting to a return to the dugout, but it is another former England manager in Roy Hodgson who looks likely to replace de Boer should he face the chop'. On each occasion, Palace have had vast amounts of possession and done little constructive with it. Palace instead gifted Burnley the decisive goal to render their manager's position still more precarious.

It's hard to see de Boer abandoning his formation of three at the back.

The winger Chung-yong Lee was brought in to bolster Palace's supply line. The £15 million (Dh73m) signing had mustered a late equaliser on his debut against Tottenham Hotspur.

The England worldwide fell awkwardly when coming to claim a high ball in his box during the first half at Turf Moor, immediately requiring medical attention and being forced off. "I just focus on what I do". Tough spot this. Looking forward to turning it round Saturday.

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"Ninety per cent of fans wanted Sakho, which was always going to limit what we could do". If we play on the left, what our full-back has to do is go automatically so I don't have to shout from the bench.

"We don't have any points, which is unbelievable when you see this game". De Boer's side also lost at home to Huddersfield Town and Swansea City, teams that they would expect to be competing with to avoid relegation, and suffered an away loss to Liverpool.

They had more touches in the box, more shots and created twice as many clear-cut openings as they had in any fixture this season.

"I deal with a lot of pressure", he says "I think that's one of my strongest points. Right now I think we have to go back to the comfort zone of our players and if they feel - and I feel - and everybody's on board with that and it's in a 4-3-3 system then we're going to play 4-3-3". "They had two fantastic chances, particularly Dann's". Some neat Palace passing on the edge of the area resulted in Benteke wriggling into a one-on-one situation, but Pope stood tall to deny the Belgian. Whether the former Leeds striker did enough to persuade Dyche to start him is simply up to the English manager. For all the praise from both managers, however, Palace tested his inexperienced deputy too rarely.

De Boer seems to be insistent that he doesn't need to change his tactics to better suit the Premier League style of play.

"I'd like to think [he's earned the chance]".

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