Crystal Palace's bad weekend gets worse with emergence of Wilfried Zaha picture

'We lost the game in 50 minutes.

On the eve of this new season, Huddersfield manager David Wagner had declared his side the "biggest underdogs in Premier League history".

"Steve Mounie missed a big chance, we spoke about this rather than the two goals". We created five or six very good opportunities and scored three times.

After a poor first-half with defensive mistakes aplenty, the Eagles improved after the break and if they had found an early goal the result might have been different.

Despite a lack of bodies in the heart of the defence, De Boer is expected to lead Palace up the table this season and has added Ruben Loftus-Cheek along with Fosu-Mensah to his squad to help with that aim.

"I am seeing him in our system as a right centre back but he can also play full back in a 4-3-3".

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De Boer takes charge of Palace for the first time on Saturday against Huddersfield Town, with a different brief to the one he is used to.

De Boer continued by saying: "We have to understand that the game doesn't last 75 minutes - it's maybe 95 or 98".

"Tactically, we did not do what we spoke about and paid an expensive price".

"I am very pleased to be joining Crystal Palace and after speaking with the gaffer a couple of weeks ago I was delighted to have the opportunity to come over and play in the Premier League", Riedewald said.

While Huddersfield's travelling fans rejoiced, Palace's supporters were left to reflect on a false dawn in what was Frank de Boer's first competitive game since succeeding Sam Allardyce as manager.

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  • Tabitha Byrd