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Frank de Boer says Crystal Palace debut was 'hard lesson'


A Joel Ward own goal and a brace from Steve Mounie inflicted an embarrassing opening day defeat in the Dutch manager's first competitive outing since taking charge in June. "I hope to get into the team and then play my part in hopefully a good season for us all".

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, has made some good signings and will look to further build from last season.

Manager David Wagner will have decisions to make on how to line up his young side, and he will quickly learn what it takes to compete at the Premier League level. Unless it's an injury time consolation when you're 5-0 down at the Etihad and Pep Guardiola is using the end of the game to experiment with an entire team of 11 overlapping full-backs.

"I wasn't surprised by Huddersfield, we were well-prepared for how they played".

With the home crowd in full voice, however, they were unable to capitalise and it was Sergio Aguero who finally broke the deadlock on 70 minutes before a Lewis Dunk own goal sealed the points five minutes later.


"We didn't want to start the season in this manner and nobody of course expected this result", De Boer said. We know we were very clinical and had bit of luck when they missed chances. It is a very false start for everybody.

"I think we lost the game in 15 minutes".

Two minutes later Mooy set up Huddersfield's first-ever Premier League goal with a short corner to the near post.

Despite widely being considered contenders for relegation, appearing in the Premier League for the first time in their history and returning to the top flight after a 45-year absence, they excelled at Selhurst Park to secure a significant win.

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