Frank de Boer’s new Crystal Palace side kicked off their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 win at Maidstone United on a busy Saturday of warm-up games.
De Boer took his place in the dugout for the first time as Palace boss and watched Jordon Mutch score a first-half double for a young Eagles team.
Joe Piggott’s fine free-kick for the hosts meant the Premier League side had headed in at the break with a slender advantage but with 20 minutes remaining, substitute Jacob Berkeley made the scoreline more comfortable.
Another new Premier League boss, Mauricio Pellegrino, watched his Southampton side held 0-0 by St Gallen in Austria.
Virgil van Dijk was not yet deemed ready as he continues his comeback from an ankle injury but though Pellegrino freshened up his XI at half-time, forwards Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long among those introduced, Saints failed to find a breakthrough.
Marco Silva swapped relegated Hull for Watford this summer but his top-flight Hornets went down 3-2 at League One side AFC Wimbledon.
New signing Nathaniel Chalobah watched from the stands at Kingsmeadow as Silva’s side came from 2-0 down to level through Ben Watson and Steven Berghuis, only for Alfie Egan to score an 87-minute winner for the League One side.
Elsewhere, John Terry captained Aston Villa but suffered defeat on his first outing for his new side as Steve Bruce’s men lost 2-1 at Shrewsbury.
Henri Lansbury scored a late penalty but Zak Jules and Arthur Gnahoua’s goals gave the third-tier side victory.
Another Championship side, Sunderland, also suffered a pre-season defeat to lower-league opposition, going down 3-0 at St Johnstone.
New Black Cats signing James Vaughan missed a penalty on his first outing, as goals from Steven MacLean, David Wotherspoon (2) gave the Scottish Premiership side a convincing win.
QPR and Peterborough played four 30-minute quarters at the ABAX Stadium, where Jamie Mackie’s opener separated the sides until Junior Morais’ double (63, 72) changed the
But youngsters Jack Robinson (85) and Ebere Eze (87) swung the match back in QPR’s favour and Charlie Owens (105) ensured Ian Holloway’s visitors won the marathon match 4-2.