Gerrard is the first Villa manager since John Gregory in March 1998 to win his first two Premier League games
Steven Gerrard secured his second win as Aston Villa manager with a 2-1 victory over Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
After wildly celebrating grabbing all three points late on against Brighton a week ago, the former Liverpool captain was again jubilant when Matt Targett put Villa ahead with a low drive through a crowd of bodies from Ashley Young's corner on 15 minutes.
As Palace tried to salvage something in the closing stages of the second half, John McGinn curled a beautiful shot into the top corner from the edge of the box to double the visitors' lead against the run of play.
Palace managed to snatch a late consolation through Marc Guehi in injury time but it was not enough to deny Villa.
The travelling Villa support were treated to a confident performance in bitterly cold conditions in south London, with McGinn, Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings all having chances for the visitors in the first half after Targett's opener.
Palace should have opened the scoring through Wilfried Zaha after the forward jinked past his marker on the edge of the Villa box but his left-footed effort was dragged just wide of the far post.
The Eagles saw a great opportunity to equalise after the break denied when referee Michael Salisbury blew his whistle for a foul by Marvelous Nakamba on Zaha and missed the advantage Christian Benteke and Conor Gallagher had created.
Villa almost played out the final quarter of the game with 10 men as substitute Douglas Luiz was shown a red card for a challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate, but it was downgraded to a yellow after Salisbury consulted the pitchside monitor.
The win moves Villa up into 11th place, level on points with Palace in 10th.
A new battle for Gerrard and Vieira
Gerrard said before the match that former Arsenal captain Vieira was one of his toughest opponents during his days marshalling the Liverpool midfield, and their first competitive meeting as managers was keenly anticipated.
Villa had only won once on the road this season - a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in September - and although it was a nervy end to proceedings for Gerrard, his team were worthy winners.
Full-backs Matty Cash and Targett, plus Scotland midfielder McGinn, provided a constant threat for Villa, along with 36-year-old Young, who is now the oldest player to assist in consecutive Premier League games for the club.
For Vieira, one of his key tasks is surely to improve his side's ability to defend set-pieces. Targett's first-half strike was the 10th goal Palace have conceded from either a corner or a free-kick out of the 19 they have shipped in the league this season.
The Eagles will have to regroup now and hope Saturday's defeat was just a temporary blip on what has otherwise been an excellent home record this season.
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Crystal PalaceAvgSquad number23Player nameGallagherAverage rating
Squad number22Player nameÉdouardAverage rating
Squad number13Player nameGuaitaAverage rating
Squad number6Player nameGuéhiAverage rating
Squad number10Player nameEzeAverage rating
Squad number7Player nameOliseAverage rating
Squad number3Player nameMitchellAverage rating
Squad number20Player nameBentekeAverage rating
Squad number2Player nameWardAverage rating
Squad number11Player nameZahaAverage rating
Squad number5Player nameTomkinsAverage rating
Squad number8Player nameKouyatéAverage rating
Squad number4Player nameMilivojevicAverage rating
Squad number9Player nameJ AyewAverage rating
Aston VillaAvgSquad number7Player nameMcGinnAverage rating
Squad number3Player nameTargettAverage rating
Squad number19Player nameNakambaAverage rating
Squad number2Player nameCashAverage rating
Squad number18Player nameYoungAverage rating
Squad number1Player nameMartínezAverage rating
Squad number41Player nameJ RamseyAverage rating
Squad number5Player nameMingsAverage rating
Squad number4Player nameKonsaAverage rating
Squad number11Player nameWatkinsAverage rating
Squad number21Player nameEl GhaziAverage rating
Squad number31Player nameBaileyAverage rating
Squad number10Player nameBuendíaAverage rating
Squad number6Player nameDouglas LuizAverage rating
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- 13Guaita2WardBooked at 44mins5Tomkins6Guéhi3Mitchell4MilivojevicBooked at 56minsSubstituted forEzeat 60'minutes8Kouyaté7OliseSubstituted forJ Ayewat 87'minutes23Gallagher11ZahaBooked at 29minsSubstituted forÉdouardat 72'minutes20Benteke
- 1Butland9J Ayew10Eze12Hughes15Schlupp17Clyne22Édouard34Kelly44Riedewald
- 1Martínez2CashBooked at 29mins4Konsa5Mings3Targett7McGinn19NakambaBooked at 54mins41J RamseySubstituted forDouglas Luizat 67'minutesBooked at 74mins31BaileySubstituted forEl Ghaziat 77'minutes11Watkins18YoungSubstituted forBuendíaat 85'minutes
- 6Douglas Luiz8Sanson10Buendía12Steer16Tuanzebe20Ings21El Ghazi30Hause33Chukwuemeka
Referee:Michael SalisburyAttendance:25,203Match StatsHome TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamAston VillaPossessionHome63%Away37%ShotsHome8Away10Shots on TargetHome3Away3CornersHome7Away3FoulsHome12Away10Live TextPost update
Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Aston Villa 2.
Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Aston Villa 2.
Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Aston Villa 2. Marc Guéhi (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté with a cross following a set piece situation.
Marc Guéhi (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).
Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Joel Ward following a corner.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matt Targett.
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).
Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Conor Gallagher.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jordan Ayew replaces Michael Olise.
Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Aston Villa 2. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Emiliano Buendía replaces Ashley Young.
Foul by Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace).
John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Odsonne Édouard (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Gallagher.
Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Tomkins with a headed pass.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matt Targett.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Anwar El Ghazi replaces Leon Bailey.
Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
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