Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City

Lawrence Cooper
August 27, 2017

Crystal Palace are in the midst of an identity crisis, unable and apparently unwilling to adapt to unfamiliar tactical demands from new manager Frank de Boer.

Swansea's goals summed up Palace's lack of defensive awareness and sturdiness in a 3-4-2-1 formation that appears to suit none of their players.

Kelly was involved in Swansea's second goal in the 48th minute when he was robbed by Kyle Naughton on the halfway line and Naughton fed an on-side Jordan Ayew to score past Wayne Hennessey.

Tammy Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, opened his account for the Swans to give the away side breathing space at the break.

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While de Boer still needs time to implement his tactics at Palace, they looked very passive in possession and three losses going into the worldwide break will not be pleasant reading for the Dutchman.

He, however, fought off competition to finish the season with a flourish as he started the last five games of the club's successful Premier League survival push. It was an impressive finish by the England Under-21 global, who caught the eye here with his movement and technique and now has his first Premier League goal for Swansea having arrived on loan from Chelsea in the summer.

Swans boss Paul Clement said: "Although it's very early in the season, it was an important game".

But for Palace this is a worrying start to De Boer's reign; no goals, no points and no confidence heading into the global break after three defeats. He switched from a back three to a back four with Lee Chung-yong replacing Patrick Van Aanholt. But the defender had a nightmare with both of Swansea's goals. Boos rang around the stadium which could be a sign of things to come just three games into the new season. The Eagles look a different side without the injured winger amongst their ranks. If results continue at Palace then his time at Selhurst Park could have an even shorter stint. He has to make signings otherwise they'll be back on the phone to Sam Allardyce.

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