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Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2017, 20:55

The Eagles earned themselves safety from relegation following an industrious display under former coach Sam Allardyce, leaving new manager De Boer with the opportunity to build on the club's status in the top flight of English football.

The league match will be the very first for new Eagles boss Frank de Boer, who will be hoping his side can begin their campaign strongly.

Who netted your club's first strike?

Following his first-half header, Mounie secured victory for the Yorkshire outfit in the 78th minute.

He leaves the professional game as a player with 460 games to his name, with a majority of his career being in the Premier League and Cardiff City, with clubs like Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Fulham to name.

However, the Eagles found this hard to implement against a side that rarely gave them time on the ball and De Boer conceded Huddersfield were deserved victors.

"The motivation is to make the team better and to make every individual a better player", said De Boer, according to Sky Sports News.

Only an exceptional last-gasp, sliding tackle from Ward prevented Tom Ince from putting Huddersfield 3-0 up after the forward was through one-on-one with Hennessey, while Palace provided little in response before half-time.

It didn't take long for Huddersfield to double their advantage.

The substitute combined well with debutant Ruben Loftus-Cheek to create space to send a low cross towards Christian Benteke that remained just beyond the striker's reach when he had only needed to tap in. Ward's own goal and then a thumping header by Mounie within two first-half minutes gave the Eagles a sucker punch from which they could not recover.

When Scott Dann wasted another chance by shooting over the crossbar, even a draw appeared beyond Palace, but there was still time for the 22-year-old Mounie to score his team's third.

Cristopher Schindler flicked Aaron Mooy's corner to the far post, where Mathias Jorgensen's off-target effort found the net via the unfortunate Ward.