Glenn Murray scored twice against his former club as Crystal Palace moved to the top of the Championship with victory over 10-man Brighton.

Once Lewis Dunk was sent off for a foul on Palace's Yannick Bolasie in the eighth minute, it was not long before the home side gained control.

Murray headed home a corner before half-time and added a second from the penalty spot after the interval.

Owen Garvan made it three with another penalty after Murray had been fouled.

Victory sent the Eagles top, with second-placed Cardiff not in action until Sunday, when they host struggling Sheffield Wednesday.

The turning point in the match, which is classed as a derby by both sets of supporters despite almost 50 miles separating the two teams, came when Dunk was dismissed - the defender losing possession and bringing down the impressive Bolasie.

The French winger was a constant menace and it was his corner which 29-year-old Murray converted to put Palace in front.

Craig Mackail-Smith might have levelled shortly after half-time but he hit the post when clean through, and Murray made it 2-0 with his 17th goal of the season after being brought down in the area by Tomasz Kuszczak.

The striker, who headed over shortly after, was again fouled in the box in the 71st minute but, after missing two penalties this season when looking for a hat-trick, Garvan took over spot-kick duties and made it 3-0.

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway:

"Glenn Murray is a fantastic footballer. His football brain is as good as anybody I have worked with.

"He knows the timing of how to do that run down the middle and his eye for getting on the end of a cross is completely awesome.

"I have had some great players in my time and Glenn is right up there with all of them.

"That's nine goals in six games he has scored for me and that's quite awesome."

Brighton manager Gus Poyet:

"You come here to play a nice game of football against your biggest rival away from home and the least you want is a normal game.

"Going down to 10 so early put a big task ahead of us, but that's football I suppose.

"We came into the game on a good run with plenty of confidence and the team were organised but everything went wrong for two reasons; the sending off and because of the fitness.

"It was an absolutely perfect decision, it was a red card."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward (Moritz - 54' )
  • 27 Delaney Booked
  • 28 Ramage
  • 04 Parr
  • 07 Bolasie
  • 08 Dikgacoi Booked
  • 10 Garvan
  • 15 Jedinak (Moxey - 85' )
  • 16 Zaha
  • 17 Murray (Wilbraham - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Price
  • 21 Moxey
  • 33 Gabbidon
  • 22 O'Keefe
  • 30 Moritz
  • 18 Wilbraham
  • 19 Easter

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak Booked
  • 02 Bruno
  • 03 Greer
  • 05 Dunk Dismissed
  • 14 Calderon
  • 04 Hammond Booked
  • 11 Orlandi Booked (Crofts - 45' )
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked
  • 30 Buckley (Dicker - 74' )
  • 09 Barnes
  • 12 Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 08 Crofts
  • 17 Harley
  • 18 Dicker
  • 21 David Lopez
  • 07 Hoskins
  • 10 Dobbie
Ref: Russell
Att: 20,114

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

7 5

Corners

7 3

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:28

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Crystal Palace) on Liam Bridcutt (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +0:23 Booking

Booking Dean Hammond (Brighton) booked for unsporting behaviour.

89:42

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) on Andrew Crofts (Brighton). Free kick taken left-footed by Gordon Greer (Brighton) from own half, passed.

88:52

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) on Gary Dicker (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

87:19

Foul by Dean Hammond (Brighton) on Andre Moritz (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken left-footed by Andre Moritz (Crystal Palace) from right channel, passed.

86:13

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) on Andre Moritz (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken left-footed by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace) from right channel, passed.

84:42 Substitution

Substitution Crystal Palace substitution: Mile Jedinak replaced by Dean Moxey (tactical).

84:35

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

84:01

Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

83:42

Shot by Andrew Crofts (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

82:40

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton) on Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Ramage (Crystal Palace) from own half, passed.

81:33

Foul by Dean Hammond (Brighton) on Aaron Wilbraham (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) from left channel, resulting in open play.

81:09

Shot by Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) right-footed from left side of six-yard box (12 yards), save (caught) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

79:45

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

78:46

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

78:25

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

78:05

Shot by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) left-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left.

73:10 Substitution

Substitution Brighton substitution: Will Buckley replaced by Gary Dicker (tactical).

74:56

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

74:19

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Andre Moritz (Crystal Palace) to centre, clearance by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

73:48

Attacking throw-in by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

73:30

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Andre Moritz (Crystal Palace).

73:01 Substitution

Substitution Crystal Palace substitution: Glenn Murray replaced by Aaron Wilbraham (tactical).

70:56

Assist by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) from right side of six-yard box.

70:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Owen Garvan - C Palace 3 - 0 Brighton Placed penalty taken left-footed by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) (bottom-right of goal), scored.Crystal Palace 3-0 Brighton.

69:51

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton) on Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

68:29

Shot by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Ashley Barnes (Brighton).

67:34

Foul by Bruno Saltor (Brighton) on Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) from own half, resulting in open play.

67:18

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

66:47

Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) on Liam Bridcutt (Brighton). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) from left channel, passed.

66:19 Booking

Booking Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) booked for unsporting behaviour.

65:40

Foul by Andre Moritz (Crystal Palace) on Ashley Barnes (Brighton). Free kick taken left-footed by Ashley Barnes (Brighton) from right channel, passed.

65:08

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

64:48

Header by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), over the bar.

61:50

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

61:24

Shot by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), clearance by Dean Hammond (Brighton).

60:47

Attacking throw-in by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

60:17

Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

60:01

Shot by Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) right-footed from right side of six-yard box (12 yards), missed right.

58:59

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

58:12

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

57:20

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

56:41 Booking

Booking Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) booked for unsporting behaviour.

56:31

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) on Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken left-footed by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) from right wing, resulting in open play.

56:12

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton) on Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) from left channel, passed.

55:30

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton) on Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken left-footed by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) from left channel, resulting in open play.

54:52

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

54:23

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

53:51 Substitution

Substitution Crystal Palace substitution: Joel Ward replaced by Andre Moritz (injury).

53:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Glenn Murray - C Palace 2 - 0 Brighton Placed penalty taken right-footed by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) (bottom-left of goal), scored.Crystal Palace 2-0 Brighton.

52:28 Booking

Booking Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton) booked for unsporting behaviour.

52:15

Foul by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton) on Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

50:45

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

49:31

Defending throw-in by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton).

48:27

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) on Ashley Barnes (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) from left channel, resulting in open play.

47:41

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

47:03

Defending throw-in by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton).

46:38

Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

46:02

Shot by Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) left-footed from left side of six-yard box (12 yards),

45:23

Attacking throw-in by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

45:11

Attacking throw-in by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +2:41

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

45:00 +1:55

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:00 +0:32

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

45:00 +0:12

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

44:58

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

44:10 Substitution

Substitution Brighton substitution: Andrea Orlandi replaced by Andrew Crofts (injury).

44:04

Attacking throw-in by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

43:44

Shot by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton).

41:05

Attacking throw-in by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

40:39

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

40:15

Shot by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (punched) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

39:29

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

37:57

Assist by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) from left by-line.

37:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Glenn Murray - C Palace 1 - 0 Brighton headed goal by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) (bottom-right of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Crystal Palace 1-0 Brighton.

37:18

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) to centre,

36:19 Booking

Booking Andrea Orlandi (Brighton) booked for unsporting behaviour.

35:50

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton) on Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken left-footed by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) from right wing, resulting in open play.

35:06

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

34:48

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

34:07 Booking

Booking Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) booked for unsporting behaviour.

34:03

Damien Delaney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt. Free kick taken by Andrea Orlandi.

32:00

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

31:53

Attacking throw-in by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

31:05

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

28:56

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

28:38

Shot by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

28:07

Defending throw-in by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

27:25

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

27:02

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) to centre, save (caught) by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

26:42

Shot by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Dean Hammond (Brighton).

24:36

Defending throw-in by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

23:24

Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

23:01

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

22:31

Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) on Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken left-footed by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) from own half, passed.

21:54

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) on Will Buckley (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

21:46

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

21:28

Shot by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

20:13

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

17:44

Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

17:24

Shot by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.

16:40

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace).

15:56

Shot by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

15:06

Header by Dean Hammond (Brighton) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

13:31

Shot by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

12:28

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

12:03

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

11:44

Shot by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (punched) by Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton).

10:34

Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

10:27

Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

8:00

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Peter Ramage,

8:00 Booking

Booking Lewis Dunk booked for dissent.

7:48

Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Lewis Dunk results in a free kick.

5:45

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

5:28

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

4:49

Attacking throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

3:55

Attacking throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

3:41

Defending throw-in by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

2:53

Foul by Will Buckley (Brighton) on Joel Ward (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) from own half, resulting in open play.

2:00

Attacking throw-in by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

1:33

Defending throw-in by Bruno Saltor (Brighton).

0:30

Yannick Bolasie decides to take a short corner.

0:12

Attacking throw-in by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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