Patrick Vieira has played a cautious hand so far at Crystal Palace

New Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has played a cautious hand so far after gaining first Premier League point in goalless draw with Brentford… but slow evolution could trump the rushed revolution that saw Frank de Boer sacked after just 77 days

  • Patrick Vieira is off the mark as Crystal Palace manager after Brentford point
  • Former Arsenal midfielder has taken over a club in huge transition this summer
  • Manager Roy Hodgson departed Selhurst Park along with many squad players
  • But Vieira has opted to play it cautions and learn from Palace’s past mistakes 

One reason that Frank de Boer failed at Crystal Palace and his reign lasted just 77 days was because he tried changing too much too soon.

In that sense, this goalless draw against Brentford was not necessarily a bad thing for new manager Patrick Vieira given the high number of player departures this summer.

On Vieira’s Selhurst Park bow, a little more possession was among the tweaks in style under the Frenchman.

New Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira shares a touchline discussion with Wilfried Zaha

Palace came close to opening the scoring when Conor Gallagher struck the woodwork

But there was also still a familiar rigidity, structure and discipline to Palace — an insistence on ensuring they had bodies back, did not overcommit or play too expansively going forward.

The result was a lack of attacking threat which contributed to debutant Conor Gallagher having their only real clear chance in the seventh minute.

In time, Palace will hope to benefit from Vieira’s slower approach to moving them on from the Roy Hodgson era.

Evolution rather than the rushed revolution of De Boer. ‘This team will improve but they will need time to really gel together,’ said Vieira. ‘We will improve game after game.’


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