De Boer has one game to prevent Palace sacking

However, three defeats from three Premier League matches have left the Dutchman's future under scrutiny. Palace desperately need the points in this one.

Substitute shot-stopper Pope took to the Turf Moor pitch with his side 1-0 in front on Sunday afternoon. Seven points from four games is a more than respectable return for Burnley, and they now look competent at Premier League level.

They should be cautious, however.

Nevertheless, Palace, while showing they are adept at shooting themselves in the foot, remain the only team in England without a league goal.

Throw in a wasted one-on-one chance for Christian Benteke and miscued headers by the Belgian and James McArthur and the story of this game becomes clear.

Indeed, far from being a man on the brink, he looked forward. By cutting off the supply to Benteke, the hosts will surely limit his chances.

Clarets summer-signing Chris Wood is the favourite to score at 19/10 odds.

Premier League clubs who start the season poorly usually don't start panicking and looking for a new manager until at least October. He'll hope to make his home debut on Sunday.

"I think he is older [and] wiser", said Dyche.

Meanwhile, the Clarets have picked up four points from their share of games.

"What about the rest of the windows - are they going to close?"

Pointless and goalless, Palace must turn things around and quick. The Frenchman is not match fit following his lack of action at Anfield but De Boer says Sakho "is already a very good influence in the dressing room and in training".

"I feel like I am in the form that I knew I had in me all along it has just taken a full season under my belt to get that".

I will show you a hundred horror stories of people that said they were going to play Barcelona football. It may prove an accurate prediction, though the manager sounded unworried.

"Its a nice start but that is all it is a start", he said.

Will Burnley get their first home win of the season?

This would require some life in the attack. It didn't get much better in their next game, either, as they lost 2-0 at home to Swansea.

Jeffrey Schlupp was given a sight of goal with 20 minutes to go after the Clarets had seen off another corner but the defender lashed his effort over the bar and moments later his side almost conceded again.

Finishing off, De Boer reiterated: "After six months, you'll see you're getting more back in every game". However, the Frenchman is likely to come right into the defence regardless.

Burnley: Heaton (Pope 38), Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour (Westwood 82), Brady, Wood, Vokes (Barnes 64).

With so numerous starting XI looking bereft of invention, it was left to a substitute to provide a spark for Palace. Because time is clearly what De Boer needs.

  • Julie Sanders