11 September, 2017
Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer failed to provide clarity on whether Sunday's game at Burnley is a must-win if he wants to keep his job.
Palace have now lost their opening four games of the season and are still to score a goal under De Boer, who insists he will continue to give "100 percent" to try and lift his side out of the mire.
De Boer was only appointed as Palace boss this summer, as successor to Sam Allardyce, who left the club after helping them escape relegation last season.
"I've said it many times, we all want everything yesterday, instant success, and we are in that business, particularly in the Premier League", he said. I know that Joel Ward is not an ideal wing-back but the board and all the other people at Crystal Palace knew.
Burnley secured their first home win and clean sheet of the season as they held on for a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.More news: Kevin Anderson vs. Rafael Nadal 2017 US Open Final Pick, Odds, Prediction
The 25-year-old took advantage of a nightmare start by Palace when Lee Chung-Yong misplaced a horror back-pass which fell right into the striker's path.
James Tomkins and Yohan Cabaye are both also expected to be considered for Palace's trip to Turf Moor, having shaken off their minor knocks as well.
De Boer's future has been the subject of debate throughout the worldwide break, and there were even reports that he could lose his job before Sunday's clash at Burnley after Palace themselves added fuel to the fire after they rescheduled the Dutchman's press conference from Thursday to Friday.
It's safe to say that although Palace have had a horrendous start to the season, the mere idea of sacking De Boer already is unusual. Against Liverpool I think we did quite well. In football you have to reward yourself, football is about making goals. "Much more I can not ask from our players... only that they have to score goals". We did it after every game.
"We showed spirit", De Boer said. It's been a really different style to the way I've played before and that's because of the quality I have in my team here.
They pushed and pushed for an equaliser, and Pope made a fine save from Benteke after he had broken into the penalty area for what was Palace's best chance of the match.