Crystal Palace 2-0 Wolves: Patrick Vieira earns first back to back victory as Premier League boss
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Crystal Palace ran out 2-0 victors when a visit from Wolves on Saturday failed to do much more than ruffle the feathers of the free-flowing Eagles.

A first-half that Palace had been accustomed to before last time out meant that the teams were level and goalless at the break, but persistent energy from Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher saw two goals in the second period, condemning Wolves to defeat.

It was a victory that marked Patrick Vieira's first back-to-back triumph as a Premier League manager. Yet another impressive display, which showed off the coaches adaptability to hold on to leads, despite the void of such statistics before their trip to Manchester, sets the wheel in motion for a plea towards top half football. 

After the international break, Patrick Vieira's men will look to continue their fine form with a trip to Burnley's Turf Moor. 

  • The match

A good start for Crystal Palace saw Conor Gallagher initiating his usual assignment of touching every blade of grass, while his teammates brought the game to Wolves. 

It was the high-press and tenacity from the home side that left the visitors picking up the pieces in the first 15 minutes.

And to almost reward their high-octane start, Wilfried Zaha produced the first real chance of the game.

Maze-like linkup play between Odsonne Edouard and the Ivorian spelt danger for the Wolves backline, but Zaha's effort was tame and straight into the grasp of Jose Sa.

An interlude of heavy tackles would follow suit, restricting the flow of the game, but Wolves were next to cut frustrated figures in front of goal.

The visitors were given room on the break, presenting a rare opportunity in the first half to flurry forward. A courageous block from Joel Ward was the difference, keeping the stalemate intact.

It was a chance, however, that seemed to light somewhat of a spark in the Wolves camp.

Following the effort, the visitors shared much more possession, almost scoring through a Raul Jimenez header just minutes later.

More rash tackles and poleaxing collisions would follow, prompting the seams of Selhurst Park to reach boiling point, but in a first half that had the hope of being all Palace's, they needed to wait until after the interval to discover their free-flowing mechanisms. 

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  • Second half

A sequence of corners put pressure on Palace upon the commencement of the second period, but after a Wilfried Zaha penalty appeal was waved away, the momentum was in the Eagles game.

Edouard caused more panic amongst the Wolves defence by weaving in and out of players with ease and scuffing a shot into Sa's hands.

Next, Cheikhou Kouyate blazed a speculative effort over the bar and Benteke's header from the corner was handled. An hour in and no goal had been scored, Palace looked increasingly threatening, though.

It wasn't long after, though, that the man who Crystal Palace love so dearly found the net.

James McArthur threaded a perfectly weighted ball into Wilfried Zaha, who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner. In acres of space, there was hesitation from the crowd that he was offside, but after a VAR check, the goal stood, sending Selhurst Park into raptures.

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Spirits were high and momentum shifted to breaking point for Palace following the opener, the home side were keen to get their first back to back win of the season, following a statement victory at the Etihad the week before.

Edouard danced through a congestion of players on the 70th minute-mark, failing to finish the manoeuvre with a goal - Gallagher couldn't pick up the loose ball and convert either.

Breathing space was necessary, despite the dominance that Palace was showing, so when Conor Gallagher's deflected shot evaded the grasp of Jose Sa, relief cascaded Selhurst Park.

Chants of "sign him up" followed shortly after, as the Chelsea loanee is showing just what he is capable of, covering every blade of grass, scoring and assisting in red and blue along the way.

The Eagles remained most likely to score for the rest of the tie, finding room aplenty and chances frequently. Never failing to run out of steam, the attacking trident of Zaha, Gallagher and Edouard tugged at the Wolves seams continuously.