Half-time saw the introduction of Edouard from the bench and the forward, having come close to opening his 23/24 account on numerous occasions against Crawley earlier in the week, did so soon after play restarted.
It stemmed from a Watford error as Daniel Bachmann’s pass out from the back was too short for his defender, allowing Jordan Ayew to race in and nick it through for Edouard. The forward possessed time, space – and impressive composure to slot in a low finish.
Palace’s tails were up, and they could have had a second moments later when Ebere Eze’s deep ball picked out Andersen in plenty of space at the far post, but the Dane – another international making his first appearance of pre-season – headed over.
As the clock ticked past the hour mark, a raft of substitutions from both benches further stemmed any momentum the game was building – but then, out of very little, Watford equalised.
It was an impressive goal, in truth, with Ryan Andrews’ quick run down the right flank creating space for the ball to reach Edo Kayembe on the edge of the ‘D’. His first-time, rising finish beat substitute ‘keeper Remi Matthews for sheer power.
But parity did not last long as, following more high pressing from Ayew and Cheick Doucouré, Edouard retrieved possession 25 yards from goal and – shaping to shoot inside the far post – instead placed an effort past Bachmann at the near side.
A further 15 minutes passed without much incident, but it was enough to see Palace fight their way to a second win in as many pre-season games. Next up: the bright lights of Stateside.
Palace: Johnstone (GK) (Matthews, 45), Clyne (Ward, 76), Tomkins (O’Brien, 80), Andersen (Richards, 60), Mitchell, Doucouré (Hughes, 76), Lerma (Schlupp, 60), Ahamada (Rïedewald, 80), Ayew (Rak-Sakyi, 76), Mateta (Edouard, 45), Eze (Gordon, 87)
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