The New Zealand global, a club-record £15 million signing from Leeds United, has already earned the Clarets four points following his late equaliser against Tottenham last time out. "They played well throughout the game".
"I think I'm honest, I attempt to be, and they were the better side, they deserved something from the game".
The South Korea global badly misjudged the pass and left his goalkeeper stranded, Wood duly steering home an excellent first-time finish from outside the area.
But the home side came even closer two minutes later, when substitute Ashley Barnes drifted in from the right flank and unleashed a low, curling effort which was superbly kept out by a diving Hennessey. Palace desperately need the points in this one.
"There was only one team deserving to win today and it was us".
"I have been in professional football now for 30 years and sometimes it takes more time".
De Boer took the helm at Selhurst Park forward following Sam Allardyce's unexpected departure at the end of last season. "I think still we can improve a lot in how we want to play".
Sean Dyche's teams are well-organised and tough to break down, but when they did give up good chances they always seemed to fall to the most inopportune player.
"I thought you could feel that a little bit in the stadium and it wasn't a good performance from us, but credit to them for making that happen and credit to us for defending so well to see it through".
An very bad early blunder from Lee Chung-yong gifted the home side a third-minute lead they never relinquished despite a much-improved performance by a Palace side without a league goal this season.
- Wood became just the sixth player from New Zealand to start a Premier League match, after Ryan Nelsen, Winston Reid, Simon Elliott, Danny Hay and Lee Norfolk.
"We missed four or five 100% chances" said De Boer post-match and there was nothing he could do but lament that. But I thought we defended fantastically well.
There was a Palace debut for young Levi Lumeka who came on for Lee, and he nearly got on the score sheet when he nipped into the box and nearly got on the end of a Townsend cross. Do you get the time?
Palace have started the Premier League with three straight losses - at against Huddersfield and Swansea, and at Liverpool - and have yet to score a goal.