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Shocking opener for Eagles

August 12 2017

Frank de Boer

Frank de Boer

Crystal Palace got their Premier League campaign off to the worst possible start by losing 3-0 at home to Huddersfield Town.

Palace were comprehensively beaten by the promoted Terriers on a day new manager Frank de Boer will want to forget.

De Boer handed debuts to summer signings Timothy Fosu-Mensa and Jairo Riedewald in a back three and Rubens Loftus-Cheek in a front three.

But Palace struggled to adapt to the new 3-4-3 formation introduced by the Dutchman as Huddersfield started the better out of the two sides.

The Terriers went ahead on 23 minutes after Christopher Schindler flicked on a corner at the near post and Mathias Jorgensen's cross was turned into his own net by right wing-back Joel Ward.

Three minutes later the Premier League new boys made it 2-0 when Steve Mounie rose completely unchallenged to head home Aaron Mooy's delivery.

De Boer made changes at half-time by bringing on Andros Townsend to play in the top three, moving Loftus-Cheek back to the middle and taking off Luka Milivojevic.

Palace improved marginally but their defensive frailties were exposed again when Huddersfield added a third goal on 79 minutes with another Mounie strike.

Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah (Tomkins 78), Dann, Riedewald, Ward, Milivojevic (Townsend 46), Puncheon, Van Aanholt, Loftus-Cheek, Zaha, Benteke.

Not used: Speroni, Schlupp, Lee, Lokilo, Ladapo.

Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith (Williams 56), Jorgensen, Schindler, Lowe, Mooy, Billing, Kachunga, Ince, Palmer (Quaner 70), Mounie (Van La Parra 85).

Not used: Coleman, Malone, Hefele, Depoitre.

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