Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: Odsonne Edouard secures deserved win for Eagles

The visitors put pressure on the hosts early on before the Eagles took control and looked on the more dangerous side throughout, with the Frenchman finally breaking the deadlock just before the break.

Che Adams returned to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s starting line-up and looked to spoil the Eagles’ afternoon at times, but could only watch his best efforts at the post. It was a satisfying third straight win at home for the hosts, who will not return to Selhurst Park until Boxing Day.

Palace’s first chance came when Michael Olise curled a free-kick towards goal but saw it deflected by Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu. Palace gained momentum when captain Luka Milivojevic’s powerful shot was blocked by Lyanco.

The Eagles closed after some sophisticated footwork from World Cup hopeful Eberechi Eze to feed Wilfried Zaha, whose attempt from the left rolled into the face of goal.

The hosts somehow avoided what has become an unwelcome signing for Patrick Vieira this season, conceding an opener in the first half, after Adams ran through several Palace shirts only to aim his shot at the right post.

And it was frustration at the other end for Eze as Bazunu blocked a weak effort at the left post before drilling a second attempt from the same spot just wide.

The hosts thought they had opened the scoring when Edouard found the back of the net in the 32nd minute, but Saints were spared the offside flag.

Moments later, the Southampton keeper did well to save a header from Joachim Andersen, but Palace looked close to breaking the deadlock as they held on in the final third.

It was Edouard who finally found the net, after a few quick touches and putting in enough on a neat pass from Tyrick Mitchell to score the opener from six yards in 38 minutes.

Southampton looked invigorated to start the second half, although Palace keeper Vicente Guaita was not called into action until he was forced into a kneeling save from a powerful Adams shot , then parried Stuart Armstrong’s weak effort at the left post.

Guaita blocked another attempt from Adams as the Eagles looked to extend their advantage, Zaha latching onto a long ball from Olise but unable to fire and Milivojevic’s long-range effort sailing high from the woodwork. Saints skipper James Ward-Prowse looked for an equalizer but fired wide as the game approached the 70th minute.

Substitute Jordan Ayew entered the area on the right, appearing to try to double the Eagles lead only to waste his chance when he opted to pass.

The decision didn’t prove costly as Palace pushed back five minutes of added time and Guaita fended off any hopes of the teams sharing the points.

Additional reports by AP.

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