Neal Maupay scored a dramatic last-minute equaliser to salvage an unlikely draw for Brighton at Crystal Palace in a feisty 1-1 draw.
After Chelsea and Liverpool each did not win on the weekend, a win for Graham Potter’s group would have lifted them to the summit however a Wilfried Zaha penalty on the stroke of half-time regarded to have flattened them.
It was Palace who performed with the required punch and aggression, summed up by Conor Gallagher’s decided burst that gained the penalty after a lazy problem from Leandro Trossard.
Zaha – on his four-hundredth Palace look – transformed from 12 yards, netting his eighth purpose in opposition to the Seagulls.
Nevertheless, regardless of limiting Brighton to no large probabilities, Maupay sneaked via on purpose within the final minute and lobbed a superb end into the online to ship the away finish wild.
There have been feisty scenes on the full-time whistle with James McArthur and Robert Sanchez squaring as much as each other earlier than Brighton’s gamers had been seen having verbal exchanges with Palace followers by the tunnel space.
Crystal Palace: Guaita (7), Ward (7), Andersen (8), Guehi (7), Mitchell (7), Gallagher (8), Milivojevic (6), McArthur (7), Ayew (6), Edouard (6), Zaha (8)
Subs used: Benteke (6), Kouyate (6)
Brighton: Sanchez (6), Veltman (6), Duffy (6), Dunk (6), Burn (5), Cucurella (5), Gross (6), Lallana (6), Welbeck (7), Trossard (5), Maupay (7)
Subs used: Alzate (6), Moder (6), Connolly (6)
Man of the match: Conor Gallagher
How Maupay left it late for Seagulls…
Vieira has managed to alter Palace right into a extra possession-based group since taking the reins with their two centre-backs, Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi, very snug at beginning assaults. From that base, Palace began brightly roared on by their dwelling assist, relishing the derby nature of the sport from the stands.
Regardless of their engaging patterns in midfield, Palace had been unable to significantly take a look at Sanchez with solely a strong drive from Odsonne Edouard calling him into motion on 20 minutes.
- Patrick Viera made two modifications from the defeat at Liverpool with Odsonne Edouard making his full Premier League debut for Crystal Palace. He changed Christian Benteke up prime. Additionally, Luka Milivojevic made his first begin of the season in midfield.
- Yves Bissouma failed his health take a look at for Brighton, which means Graham Potter needed to make two modifications from the win over Brighton. Pascal Gross slotted into midfield as he returned from a spell out with Covid-19 and Dan Burn made his first begin of the season after recovering from a knee ligament harm.
Brighton acquired to grips with the Palace formation halfway via the half and Sanchez took out your complete Palace group with a direct ball that despatched Welbeck via on purpose. Nevertheless, Vicente Guaita confirmed nice focus to be out rapidly at his toes to make a significant save.
The sport regarded set to go in degree on the break however Palace discovered a approach via simply earlier than the whistle. Joel Ward thumped right into a sort out with Welbeck and despatched Palace on their approach into the ultimate third. From there, Conor Gallagher made a burst into the field and was deemed to be impeded by Leandro Trossard in a shoulder-to-shoulder problem. Up stepped Zaha and he made no mistake, discovering the nook earlier than dashing off to have a good time in entrance of the away finish.
Graham Potter switched to a again 4 within the second half and withdrew Dan Burn for Steven Alzate with the intention to attempt to get Brighton greater up the pitch. Lewis Dunk examined Guaita with a looping header following a nook however Palace remained comparatively snug of their form with Zaha all the time obtainable on the counter down the left and Gallagher’s tenacity in midfield shining via.
Palace ought to have wrapped up the factors with 13 minutes to go however Jordan Ayew could not take advantage of an opportunity being placed on a plate for him by substitute Christian Benteke.
Regardless of solely holding a one-goal benefit, Palace hardly ever regarded troubled in opposition to a really lacklustre Brighton within the closing levels. Within the last 40 minutes of the sport, Brighton solely had two efforts on the Palace purpose – a Shane Duffy header that did not actually bother Guaita and the successful purpose that got here out of nowhere within the last minute.
Palace could have thought the sport was gained as Guehi switched off from a protracted ball excessive from Joel Veltman and Maupay was the quickest to react. He stayed cool underneath stress and skilfully lobbed an beautiful end over Guaita to go away most of Selhurst Park crestfallen.
Man of the match: Conor Gallagher
Tenacious, industrious, full-blooded – this was every little thing you wished from a participant within the derby ambiance. However what put the cherry on prime of the efficiency was Gallagher’s high quality when in possession, too. He actually is an all-round participant who appears to be enhancing with each Premier League minute he performs.
No Palace participant gained as many tackles as him over the 90 minutes and it was his cost into the field that created what ought to have been the match-winning second for the south Londoners.
Gallagher instructed Sky Sports activities: “It hurts a lot – all through the entire sport we performed so properly defended brilliantly and labored so arduous all of us. It appears like a loss, to be trustworthy, we had the three factors there after which an absence of focus loses us two factors, everybody’s gutted.
“It is simply focus, a minute left, we would by no means blame a person, it is a group factor and everyone seems to be gutted. There’s stuff to be taught from for certain.”
What the managers stated
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira: “The gamers are as dissatisfied as I’m, the followers too. To concede a purpose like that with the final kick is troublesome to just accept.
“We’ve got to take a look at the sport and the way troublesome we made it for them. They seem to be a good facet with numerous confidence. We must always take the three factors.
“We gave them so many issues. The best way they performed the final quarter-hour with lengthy balls would not appear to be them. Not scoring the second purpose left the door open. That was an necessary second for us.
“It was a troublesome sport. Each groups did not create a lot.
“We’re enhancing. We’re getting stronger. The primary few video games we performed in opposition to Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham, we managed to create probabilities. We need to have extra factors to this point. We’re in a great course of.”
Brighton boss Graham Potter: “It is a unbelievable feeling. It is nice for our supporters. It was a decent sport. We pushed and pushed within the second half. We confirmed nice spirit to maintain going. It was a unbelievable end to get the equaliser.
“The gang make an enormous distinction and Patrick’s type of play has modified to what they did earlier than.
“It was a hard-fought tight sport. I did not assume there was an excessive amount of in it. In the long run we’re proud of a degree.”
“Dan [Burn] has been injured a very long time and we felt a change would possibly assist. We weren’t unbelievable within the first half, however we weren’t unhealthy. We had some good alternatives. We wished one other participant in midfield to assist us within the build-up. We did not management that in addition to we would like.
“There is a resilience, perception and character there. I did not assume it was a one-sided affair. We deserved a degree greater than Palace did after they gained 2-1 final time. That is 13 factors from six video games, a great begin however we will enhance.”
Participant response: ‘I felt there was one final likelihood’
Brighton striker Neal Maupay to Sky Sports activities:
“It has been a troublesome sport. I believed Palace performed properly and we weren’t so good in the present day however the resilience of the group was spot on. In the long run we scored so we’re undoubtedly proud of this level tonight.
On if he knew how late his purpose was: “I knew as a result of I requested the ref how lengthy was on the clock and he stated minute so I used to be like okay, we would have another likelihood however we would not. The ball went in behind the defender and I believed I may get it and ultimately, I scored so I am very, very completely satisfied tonight.
“You have to consider the ball is coming to you even if you happen to won’t get it. For those who do not consider the ball coming then you definately would possibly cease and it is too late and the defender is likely to be in entrance of you. The entire sport we did not have a lot to work with for the forwards and the entire group mainly however typically one likelihood is all it takes to attain and get one thing from the sport.
“I have to see it once more however when the ball bounced I noticed the keeper not on his line and it is arduous for a keeper to leap working backwards and I used to be like okay, that is my likelihood to place it above him and I believed I did properly so I am proud of this purpose.”
Evaluation: What occurred on the finish?
Thierry Henry instructed Monday Night time Soccer:
“I can solely consider what I noticed from what Guehi did on the very finish. If you are going to do this in the sort of sport, you are going to get punished within the Premier League.
“Guehi was good all through the sport however within the final minute, he decides to let the ball drop over his head. He is aware of as he put his palms up however he let the ball bounce.
“I used to be impressed with Palace and I really feel sorry for Patrick. Connor Gallagher should not be within the group that did not win the sport ultimately tonight. Palace ought to’ve gained.
“I like what Zaha did off the ball in the present day however within the Premier League, little particulars depend. You may’t make these little errors on this league.”
Jamie Carragher instructed Monday Night time Soccer:
“It is his understanding of what is round him. He wasn’t conscious that Maupay was there.
“Quite a lot of occasions final season, you watched Brighton and felt they did not get what they deserved. But it surely was the identical tonight – they did not need to get the equaliser as Palace had been the higher facet.
“Final season, they had been in that scenario themselves, lacking the probabilities Palace did tonight. That is soccer.”
- Zaha has scored extra targets (8) in opposition to Brighton than in opposition to another facet in English Soccer (all competitions) -The Ivorian has scored 5 targets in his final 5 in opposition to the Seagulls at Selhurst Park.
- Zaha made his four-hundredth look in all competitions for Crystal Palace and netted his seventieth purpose for the Eagles. He additionally scored in consecutive dwelling Premier League video games for Crystal Palace (two penalties) for the primary time since Might 2018 (a run of three).
- At 94 minutes and 26 seconds, Maupay’s equaliser was Brighton’s joint-second latest-ever Premier League purpose, after Solly March’s strike in opposition to Manchester United in September 2020 (94:29).
Crystal Palace now host Leicester on Tremendous Sunday at 2pm, stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League, whereas Brighton host Arsenal on Saturday Night time Soccer, stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League at 5.30pm.