Frank de Boer hopes Ipswich win can kick-start Crystal Palace's season
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 22/08/17 11:06pm
Frank de Boer was relieved to see Crystal Palace score their first goal under his management and hopes Carabao Cup victory over Ipswich can kick-start their season.
James McArthur's late brace was enough to see off a youthful Tractor Boys side at Selhurst Park, despite Bersant Celina pulling one back for the Championship club in stoppage time.
The 2-1 success - which follows back-to-back Premier league defeats to Huddersfield and Liverpool - was the first positive result for De Boer since taking over as Eagles boss from Sam Allardyce during the summer.
Speaking about the first strike of his tenure, the former Ajax and Inter Milan boss said: "You're always waiting for that moment, and I'm really pleased for the team and for the fans - for everybody who loves Crystal Palace that finally we scored a goal.
"Winning gives you confidence, of course. It's always nice to win, even of course though maybe Saturday (at home to Swansea) is more important to win after our two losses.
"If you analyse the first half, we couldn't really get the pressure on them and that's why we changed the system and from there on we had total control and created our chances."
De Boer also praised the match-winning contribution of Scotland midfielder McArthur, one of seven players to come into the team after Saturday's loss at Anfield.
"Two fantastic goals of James McArthur, one with his left, one with his right," De Boer added.
"Quality shots with good composure, with accuracy, not hard (powerful) but especially with accuracy to put it in the corner.
"From that distance, I always said try to always shoot with your inside (sidefoot) because then you have the most possible chance to score goals and he did.
"I didn't say it to him but I think he's a very smart player, he understands football. So compliments to him, but also compliments to the team."