But there was to be no repeat as a 13th minute strike from Bakary Sako was enough to send Roy Hodgson's side through to the Fourth Round of what is in essence a much-derided competition.
The most noticeable changes were the return of Martin Cranie and Jonathan Hogg for their first starts of the season as well as a debut for right-back Florent Hadergjonaj after joining from FC Ingolstadt 04 last month.
Buoyed by the opening day 3-0 on the same ground last month, Town started with an air of authority and confidence, stroking the ball around and dictating play.
But their approach was perhaps a bit too nonchalant and the third minute chance for Andros Townsend after poor play from Philip Billing should have set alarm bells ringing.
Yet it didn't and when Joe Lolley was guilty of a similar charge he had Cranie to thank for clearing the ball out for a corner.
Unfortunately Andros Townsend's delivery into the box was headed into the net by Bakary Sako for the Eagles to take the lead.
The goal appeared to deflate Town and for the next 20 minutes they appeared static and lacking the usual intensity so synonymous with a David Wagner side.
Other than a Kachunga effort which was flicked over the bar and the incessant positivity of Rajiv van La Parra the visitors offered very little as the first-half drew to a close while Palace looked more than capable of adding to their advantage.
The second-half opened with Abdelhamid Sabiri replacing Lolley but the biggest cheer of the night was for the introduction of Palace's Pape Soure, returning to action for the first time since a serious car crash over a year ago.
But it was Sabiri who was soon in the thick of the action, wriggling into the box before drawing a great save out of Julian Speroni in the Palace goal.
The Australian replaced Ince and immediately moved into the 'Number 10' role, Kachunga going out wide and Sabiri upfront.
But it was too little to late and as the final whistle blew it was a disappointingly lacklustre display from David Wagner's men.
Yet bigger and more important encounters await – starting with Burnley at Turf Moor at the weekend.