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Emphatic Chris Wood condemns Crystal Palace to fourth straight defeat

Palace drop to nineteenth in the Premier League with four defeats from their opening four games.

Chris Wood has scored two goals in as many games since joining Burnley last month.
Chris Wood has scored two goals in as many games since joining Burnley last month.
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CHRIS WOOD CONTINUED his brilliant start to life at Burnley on Sunday, as his first-half strike against Crystal Palace, his second Premier League goal in as many games, condemned Frank de Boer to a fourth consecutive defeat.

The loss leaves Palace second from bottom with zero points from a possible 12 at the start of the new Premier League season, as pressure continues to mount on the under-fire boss who took charge at Selhurst Park less than three months ago.

Wood struck after just three minutes, with the New Zealander’s goal proving the highlight in a game devoid of quality or entertainment at Turf Moor.

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.

The South Korean international was making his 100th Premier League appearance but, looking to find a team-mate, the 29-year-old placed the ball on a plate for the forward — Wood only needing one touch before the ball was in the pack of the Palace net.

Burnley v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Turf Moor Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend reacts after the final whistle of his side's defeat. Source: Martin Rickett

He retained his composure following a run behind enemy lines, before bending his shot around the onrushing dash of goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to give his new club a dream start on his home debut.

Burnley managed just two shots on target during a dismal 90 minutes, with de Boer’s Palace registering supreme with 23 shots throughout a game he will argue they more than deserved a point from.

His side drop to second from bottom with four defeats in as many games — Palace still yet to score a single goal this season in the Premier League.

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