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Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace: Ten-man Seagulls sweep Eagles aside

Leon Balogun (left)
Leon Balogun (left) scored just 25 seconds after coming on as a substitute for Brighton - the second quickest goal by a substitute in the Premier League this season after Daniel Sturridge (v West Ham - 24 seconds)

Brighton produced one of the best Premier League performances of the season to sweep aside Crystal Palace despite playing for 62 minutes with only 10 men.

Moments after the Seagulls went 1-0 up through Glenn Murray's spot-kick, defender Shane Duffy was sent off for thrusting his head at Patrick van Aanholt after referee Kevin Friend had turned down a second penalty appeal.

Playmaker Pascal Gross was immediately replaced by the more defensive-minded Leon Balogun, and the substitute's first touch was a stunning strike to double the home side's lead.

The best was yet to come for the hosts, as Florin Andone ran 40 yards down the left to fire in the third goal in first-half stoppage time. The Romanian forward had only been on the pitch for 14 minutes, having replaced the injured Murray.

Home goalkeeper Mat Ryan had little to do until the 81st minute, when he was beaten by Luka Milivojevic's penalty.

Chris Hughton's side managed to subdue Palace's attack in the remaining minutes to record a memorable win.

Seagulls defy odds after losing Duffy

Shane Duffy (right)
Shane Duffy (right) was shown his first red in a league match since August 2016, when he was playing for Blackburn against Cardiff

Brighton fans will remember this M23 derby for a very long time.

In teeming rain at Amex Stadium they witnessed their side reduced to 10 men in the 28th minute, score three times, and comfortably keep their arch-rivals at bay.

After an underwhelming start, the Seagulls were awarded a penalty when James McArthur brought down Jose Izquierdo. Murray fired the resulting spot-kick in off the bar for his sixth goal in seven home league games this season.

The veteran striker's evening ended a few minutes later, when he injured a shoulder in a challenge with James Tomkins in the Palace area. Friend turned down the subsequent penalty appeal, after which Duffy was sent off for his clash with Van Aanholt.

The gloom among the home support turned to cheers within seconds, when Balogun volleyed in with his first touch. That finish was excellent, but Andone's effort just before the break was stunning.

The Romanian, a summer signing who scored in the win over Huddersfield last weekend, collected a long punt on the left-hand side and raced Tomkins to the area. The Palace defender managed to nudge the ball, but only back into the path of Andone, who fired an angled shot past Wayne Hennessey.

Despite losing one of their key defensive marshals in Duffy, Brighton's rearguard were rarely troubled by a Palace attack that lacked ideas.

Palace waste golden opportunity

Wilfried Zaha (right) speaks to a Brighton fan before the match
Wilfried Zaha (second right) was spoken to by a Brighton fan before the start of the match

Eagles manager Roy Hodgson must be wondering how his side only managed to breach the last line of defence once with their numerical advantage.

Prior to the penalty, the closest they came to a goal was when Bernardo cleared Milivojevic's shot off the line. The Serb did have more luck from the spot with nine minutes remaining, after Balogun had mistimed his tackle on Wilfried Zaha.

That was Zaha's biggest contribution to a match prior to which he had a tense encounter with a Brighton fan.

Man of the match - Yves Bissouma (Brighton)

Yves Bissouma (right)
The Malian midfielder needlessly picked up a yellow card towards the end of the match, but a defensive display during which he won nine tackles - more than any of his team-mates - was key to this Brighton win

'To get two wins on the spin is big for us' - the reaction

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'Outstanding' Brighton delight Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "When it was 11 v 11 we were the best side. I thought we were outstanding. It's shame their penalty went in.

"There is no hiding place for what Duffy did. He knows better than that because he is an experienced international player.

"The second and third were big goals for us. The second was the one. It relieved pressure on us, then Andone's third was special. It showed real desire.

"Murray's shoulder is sore at the moment. We'll see how he is in the morning.

"You know a bad run can leave you four or five without a win. To get two wins on the spin is big for us. We thoroughly deserved it."

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Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace: Eagles have to take responsibility for defeat - Hodgson

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "We won the second half comfortably, but not by enough goals. I didn't have high hopes because I knew they would defend well. They came out deserved winners.

"Goals change things. It's different at 0-0. At 1-0 and 2-0 down other factors come in. Without watching the game back, I don't have a clear point to make about why this performance wasn't as good.

"A win and a good performance in one game doesn't give you the right to win the next one. At this level we take every game humbly. When we do win we are very happy, when we lose we are very unhappy. The adjectives after a while get wearying."

Andone emulates former Wolves player - the stats

  • Brighton's win is their first in a midweek Premier League match (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) - drawing three and losing three of the previous six.
  • Palace have picked up just one point from their past five Premier League away games (D1 L4), scoring three goals and conceding 10.
  • Brighton have lost just one of their past 10 Premier League games at Amex Stadium (W5 D4), winning three of their past four (D1).
  • Murray has scored the opening goal in five different Premier League games this season - only Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (six) has done so more.
  • Zaha has won more penalties (seven) and Milivojevic scored more (10) than any other players in the Premier League since last season.
  • Andone is the first Romanian to score in consecutive Premier League appearances since Ionel Ganea in February 2004 - he scored against Arsenal and Leeds for Wolves.

What's next?

Brighton are at Burnley on Saturday, when Palace are at West Ham (both 15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 22Montoya
  • 4DuffyBooked at 28mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 30BernardoBooked at 77mins
  • 13GroßSubstituted forBalogunat 31'minutes
  • 24Pröpper
  • 8BissoumaBooked at 80mins
  • 20March
  • 17MurraySubstituted forAndoneat 35'minutes
  • 19IzquierdoSubstituted forKnockaertat 49'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 7Kayal
  • 9Locadia
  • 10Andone
  • 11Knockaert
  • 14Balogun
  • 23Steele

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 37mins
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forSchluppat 73'minutes
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forSørlothat 58'minutes
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 82mins
  • 7Meyer
  • 10Townsend
  • 11ZahaBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 2Ward
  • 9Sørloth
  • 14J Ayew
  • 15Schlupp
  • 31Guaita
  • 34Kelly
  • 42Puncheon
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
29,663

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Crystal Palace 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Crystal Palace 1.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Leon Balogun.

Attempt saved. James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Martín Montoya.

Foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace).

Bernardo (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Leon Balogun.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Booking

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Crystal Palace 1. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Leon Balogun (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Bernardo (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bernardo (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Davy Pröpper.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces James McArthur.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Alexander Sørloth (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James McArthur with a cross.

goal

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