New boys Huddersfield put three past De Boer’s Palace

Mounie scores Huddersfield's second goal

Benin striker Mounie joined the Terriers for a club-record £12m earlier this summer

Huddersfield Town made a dream start to their debut season in the Premier League as new Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer endured a miserable first game.

The Terriers, playing in the English top flight for the first time since 1972, led when Mathias Jorgensen’s header flew in off Palace’s Joel Ward.

Backed by almost 3,000 away fans, the Yorkshire side doubled their advantage when Steve Mounie powerfully nodded in.

Palace’s Scott Dann blazed over, just before Mounie cracked in the third.

And the impressive victory against a poor Palace side puts the Terriers on top of the fledgling table after their opening game.

David Wagner’s side celebrated their first Premier League win with joyous celebrations, the players standing in a line and linking arms in front of their travelling supporters, who cheered loudly every time their heroes raised their hands in the air.

A day to remember for Huddersfield

Huddersfield upset the odds to reach the Premier League last season, combining indomitable team spirit and an aggressive pressing game to go up through the play-offs.

The Terriers have been tipped by many to go straight back down to the Championship, like the three previous play-off winners before them.

Of the starting XI which started at Selhurst Park, only one player – former Palace loanee Tom Ince – had previous Premier League experience, but they were not overawed by the one of the biggest occasions in Town’s recent history.

Whatever happens over the course of the rest of this season, this will be a day that Terriers fans remember for the rest of their lives.

German boss Wagner, the close friend of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who masterminded promotion in his debut season in English football, instructed his side to be aggressive against Palace – and it worked.

Ince should have put the visitors ahead even before Ward bundled into his own net when Jorgensen beat a static Palace defence to Aaron Mooy’s deep cross to the far post.

Mooy, who made his loan spell from Manchester City permanent after an £8m summer move, also provided Town’s second, Mounie climbing highest to powerfully head into the left corner.

Mounie, 22, eclipsed Mooy as Huddersfield’s record signing when he arrived from French side Montpellier a few days later and showed why the west Yorkshire club were willing to pay £12m for him.

The Benin international impressed with his tireless workrate in the lone striker’s role, but showed he has plenty of ability as well as desire with another clinical finish to seal victory.

“A debut like this, scoring two goals and winning in our first Premier League game is amazing,” he said.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Huddersfield Town 3.

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Huddersfield Town 3.

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Joel Ward.

Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town).

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Rajiv van La Parra replaces Steve Mounie.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Christopher Schindler.

Attempt missed. James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Collin Quaner.

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Huddersfield Town 3. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Collin Quaner.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James Tomkins replaces Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Attempt missed. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Aaron Mooy.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Zanka.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Collin Quaner replaces Kasey Palmer.

Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace).

Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town).

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Joel Ward.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Philip Billing.

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