2022-23 English Premier League
  • Odsonne Édouard (38')

Edouard strike enough to earn Palace narrow win over Saints

Odsonne Edouard's first-half strike was enough for Crystal Palace to earn a narrow win over struggling Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Palace dominated the opening period and deservedly went into the break in front after Edouard steered home the ball from close range in the 38th minute after the Palace striker had an earlier effort ruled out following a VAR review.

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Southampton were much improved in the second half, with Che Adams missing two glorious chances to level, while Stuart Armstrong's low drive came out off the post.

The visitors could not find an equaliser, however, and Southampton stayed 16th in the standings, two points above the relegation zone, while Palace moved into the top half with their fourth victory of the campaign.

Edouard has netted three goals in his last six Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his previous 29 in the competition, helping Palace to three successive home wins.

"Strange game because we started well in the first half, managed to score," Edouard said. "The second half was difficult, Southampton pushed a lot. But we win the game and stay solid.

"We deserved the win, we scored first, kept a clean sheet, we deserved the win. Unlucky for first one [offside goal] but second one I was onside so all good."

Saints lost for the first time in four Premier League games and have now suffered defeat in six of their last 10 in the competition.

"The opponent started very aggressive and we had a few problems with build-up in the first half," Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports.

"Second half we made one change and we were much better. When you see our chances in second half, we know that we have to score in these moments."

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 38 +61 89
2 Arsenal 38 +45 84
3 Manchester United 38 +15 75
4 Newcastle United 38 +35 71
5 Liverpool 38 +28 67
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 +19 62
7 Aston Villa 38 +5 61
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +7 60
9 Brentford 38 +12 59
10 Fulham 38 +2 52
11 Crystal Palace 38 -9 45
12 Chelsea 38 -9 44
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 -27 41
14 West Ham United 38 -13 40
15 AFC Bournemouth 38 -34 39
16 Nottingham Forest 38 -30 38
17 Everton 38 -23 36
18 Leicester City 38 -17 34
19 Leeds United 38 -30 31
20 Southampton 38 -37 25