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Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town. Premier League.

Selhurst ParkAttendance25,448.

Crystal Palace 0

    Huddersfield Town 3

    • J Ward (23rd minute own goal)
    • S Mounié (26th minute, 78th minute)

    Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield: Terriers cruise to win on Premier League bow

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    Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield highlights

    Two goals from record signing Steve Mounie helped Huddersfield secure a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace in their first Premier League game.

    Palace struggled with Huddersfield's pressing game right from the off, and the pressure told in the 23rd minute as Joel Ward put the ball through his own net to give the visitors the lead.

    Three minutes later and it was two as Mounie powered home Aaron Mooy's cross - the first goal by a Huddersfield player in over 10 hours of football - before the former Montpellier hitman made sure of the three points 12 minutes from time.

    Frank de Boer's 3-5-2 system didn't really work for Palace, with Huddersfield not put under enough pressure, and eased to that debut success with surprising ease.

    Team news

    Three debutants for Palace, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jairo Riedewald all starting. Four new boys started for Huddersfield, with Tom Ince straight into the side.

    The visitors almost got off to the perfect start, but Tom Ince tamely fired straight at Wayne Hennessey from a good position, but they didn't have to wait long to net that first Premier League goal.

    Mooy worked a corner well, curling the ball into the back post, Mathias Jorgensen diverted it back across goal, Ward was in the way, but could do nothing as the ball ricocheted into the net.

    With Palace still reeling, Huddersfield made it two. Mooy again was at the heart of it, crossing from the left this time, the Palace defenders were caught on their heels, Mounie timed his leap to perfection, before heading into the top corner.

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    Crystal Palace:Hennessey (5), Ward (5), Dann (5), Riedewald (6), Van Aanholt (4), Puncheon (4), Milivojevic (5), Loftus-Cheek (6), Fosu-Mensah (6), Benteke (5), Zaha (6).
    Subs:Tomkins (6), Townsend (6).
    Huddersfield:Lossl (8), Smith (8), Jorgensen (8), Schindler (8), Lowe (8), Mooy (8), Billing (8), Kachunga (7), Palmer (7), Ince (6), Mounie (9).
    Subs:van La Parra (6), Williams (6), Quaner (7).
    Man of the match: Steve Mounie

    After the break, Palace brought on Andros Townsend, and he almost created an opening for Christian Benteke six minutes into the second period, but the former Liverpool hitman missed his kick in the box.

    Jonas Lossl, who had been enjoying a quiet afternoon in the Huddersfield goal for the first 55 minutes, was then called into action twice in quick succession. Firstly, he brilliantly clawed out Benteke's header from a corner, before getting down well to block a low, fizzing effort from Zaha.

    And with 12 minutes left on the clock, the Terriers made sure of that maiden Premier League victory, as Mounie capped a fine competitive debut by slotting home to ensure the Terriers finish the day top of the Premier League. What a debut.

    Luka Milivojevic under pressure from Tom Ince and Philip Billing
    Image: Luka Milivojevic under pressure from Tom Ince and Philip Billing

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    • Crystal Palace have won only one of their last six opening day matches in the Premier League, losing four of the last five (W1 D1 L4).
    • Huddersfield are the first team to win on their Premier League debut since Blackpool in August 2010 (4-0 v Wigan).
    • The Terriers are just the fifth newly-promoted side to win on the opening day of the Premier League since 2008/09 (also West Ham in 2012, Blackpool in 2010 and Hull in 2008 & 2016).
    • Frank de Boer has enjoyed just one win in his last seven league games as a manager (W1 D1 L5 with Internazionale).

    The managers

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    Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer says it was a false start to the new season for his side after they lost at home to Huddersfield.

    Frank de Boer: "It is a false start," De Boer told Sky Sports. "If you analyse the game it is quite simple. We started quite well, but after 10 minutes the game changed. Tactically, we didn't do what we have talked about.

    "They scored two goals and we were are always chasing the game. We had some good chances to make it 2-1, and if we did make it 2-1, I had a good feeling that we would get at least a point.

    "We had good chances then 30 seconds later they went down the other end and scored again and the game is over.

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    David Wagner said his side were rewarded for their aggressive style in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in their Premier League debut.

    David Wagner: "It wasn't bad, was it? We started quite well. We created a great chance which we missed, but then we were very clinical. We created five or six very good opportunities and scored three times.

    "And we had Jonas Lossl who was outstanding in goal and in some situations we were lucky.

    "It was a very good start. You cannot moan about it; playing your first Premier League game, your first at this level in 45 years and you win 3-0 against Crystal Palace. I will not moan."

    The pundit - Matt Le Tissier

    The win was thoroughly deserved. Even before the goals, they started so brightly. It was as convincing an away win as you are likely to see. Palace threatened a little in the second half, without really testing Lossl. Huddersfield were just really, really good. Mounie caused the Palace defence all sorts of problems. The back four were excellent and the goalkeeper made some fine saves when called upon.

    Man of the match - Steve Mounie

    Steve Mounie is mobbed by team-mates after scoring Huddersfield's second goal
    Image: Mounie is mobbed by team-mates after scoring

    While Montpellier struggled last season, Mounie didn't. Fourteen goals in Ligue 1 is an impressive return in a team that finished 15th, and such form proved transferable, as he netted a double on his Premier League bow. His header for his first goal almost burst the net. Never stopped running, too.

    What next?

    Huddersfield's first home takes place next Sunday, live on Sky Sports, against fellow Premier League new boys Newcastle.

    Up next for Palace is a very tricky visit to Liverpool next Saturday.

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