Burnley overcame Crystal Palace to record their first home win of the season. They will need to pick up points at Turf Moor like they did last season if they are going to stay in the Premier League for another year. Frank de Boer knew that he needed a result on Sunday to stabilise his own position, but his future now looks bleak after four Premier League defeats in a row. Here are three things that we learnt from the game:
Frank de Boer deserves more time
The results have been poor, but the performance today suggested that the Dutchman could turn things around if given more time. They were the better team and dominated for long periods of the game. The manager can only do so much and it was poor finishing that let the team down on Sunday. Scott Dann had a guilt-edged chance late on and it was incredible that he didn’t find the target.
Palace appointed De Boer with the hope that he could improve the style of play. That was never going to happen overnight and there were signs at Turf Moor that progress is being made. The visitors had 54.8% possession and a pass success rate of 76%. Moreover, they managed 23 shots to Burnley’s four. It was a good performance, which was only missing a cutting edge in attack. Defensively, they were well organised and would have kept a clean sheet if it wasn’t for an individual error. The Palace manager has the right to feel aggrieved at this result as his team deserved more.
Chris Wood is living up to his fee
There is an element of risk when taking players from the Championship, even those that have starred in the English second tier. Chris Wood was the top scorer of the division last season and impressed in a Leeds United team that didn’t make the play-offs. It was a move that happened in the final month, but the New Zealand international looks to be a great fit for Burnley.
Wood has a goal-scorer’s instinct as he regularly takes up the right positions at the right time. His goal today showed that as he was the first to react to a misplaced back pass and took advantage of the mistake to give his side an early lead. The striker will understand that his opportunities will be fewer at Turf Moor, but he is a good finisher. He will score a lot of the chances that do come his way. The 25-year-old already looks to be a great signing.
James Tarkowski looks ready for the Premier League
A lot of people in the media selected Burnley as one of their teams to go down based on their failure to sign a replacement for Michael Keane. The Englishman was excellent last season and it seemed odd that the club didn’t bring in a centre-back to replace him. However, the performance of James Tarkowski against Crystal Palace showed why.
The former Brentford player was impressive during his time in the Championship, but he was only given four starts in the Premier League last season. It looked like Sean Dyche didn’t think that he was ready for the top-flight. However, he remained patient and earned his opportunity. His performance on Sunday will have consolidated his position in the first-team. The 24-year-old dominated in the air with five successful aerial duels and made a pivotal clearance off the line in the second half.