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Updates from Premier League opener at Selhurst Park

Updates from Premier League opener at Selhurst Park

Huddersfield full-back Tommy Smith registered 10 assists in the Championship last season, five more than any other defender; six of those assists were provided for striker Elias Kachunga.

The 24-year-old is seen by many as the key player for Palace this season, as they look to try and achieve a respectable position in the Premier League this year, although it will depend on how well he can perform.

Without fail, the pundits and bookmakers wrote Town off during the countdown to the new season. This is why we bought him, to score goals. Huddersfield has a good manager but they lack skills on the pitch and that could cost them this season.

Former Margate striker Freddie Ladapo was an unused substitute, along with teenager Jason Lokilo and South Korean worldwide Chung-yong Lee, and with Palace's only other senior striker with Premier League experience, Connor Wickham, still likely to be out until the new year, this could well be an area de Boer looks to strengthen before the end of August.

To be fair to Huddersfield, they came with a game plan and executed it well, with Palace boss Frank de Boer admitting afterwards that the Terriers deserved their win and that the Eagles have had a "very hard lesson".

Wagner explained: "I'm very happy that Mark is becoming part of my backroom staff".

"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to play with the number of talented ball players that are already in this squad at the club".

- Only one of the eight Dutchmen to manage in the Premier League has won in their first game in the competition (Guus Hiddink).

Over the past 20 years Crystal Palace and Huddersfield have met 8 times, three times won the "Terriers", once the "eagles" and 4 games ended in a draw.

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. It is only the second time in the last 13 seasons that two managers face one another in their maiden matches.