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Vieira enjoys winning Crystal Palace start at Walsall

Patrick Vieira enjoyed a winning start as Crystal Palace manager as Wilfried Zaha scored the only goal in their friendly at League Two Walsall.

Former Arsenal midfielder Vieira, who previously managed Nice in France, replaced Roy Hodgson as Palace boss on a three-year contract.

Neither of his two new signings, Michael Olise and Remi Matthews, were involved at the Banks's Stadium, although Nathaniel Clyne did feature for the first 45 minutes despite not yet signing an extension to his contract, which expired in the summer. Zaha was the stand-out performer for Palace, finding the net four minutes before the interval with a first-time finish after a neat turn and exchanging passes with striker Rob Street.


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