This fixture all the time has a behavior of leaving issues late. With Crystal Palace main due to a superb strike from Conor Gallagher – his seventh Premier League goal of the season – a 3rd successive win right here for Patrick Vieira’s aspect appeared on the playing cards. But having rescued a point against the group they prefer to beat greater than some other earlier within the season, this time it was an own goal from Joachim Andersen that got here to Graham Potter’s salvation.
It’s now six matches since Brighton beat their bitter rivals, with Potter nonetheless but to style victory since taking on in Might 2019. However this may have at the least felt optimistic after they’d fallen behind with 20 minutes to play.
This was Palace’s second away derby within the area of six days after their feisty victory over Millwall within the FA Cup on Saturday, with Vieira admitting this week that the last-minute equaliser Brighton scored at Selhurst Park in September to disclaim them three factors was nonetheless “in our thoughts”.
He named six gamers aged 23 or youthful in his beginning line-up – the primary Palace supervisor to pick out such a youthful aspect since caretaker Attilio Lombardo in March 1998 – as they tried to finish a sequence of seven matches with out profitable a Premier League match on a Friday.
After morale-boosting victories over Brentford and Everton, Brighton got here into this match with their finest factors tally after 19 video games of a top-flight season since 1982. They ended that marketing campaign thirteenth in Division One, which stays the membership’s highest-ever end, and hopes are excessive on the south coast that this group can set a brand new customary beneath Potter.
He made seven modifications from the aspect that edged previous West Brom within the Cup, with Leandro Trossard paired with Neal Maupay in assault and a diamond formation in midfield with Adam Lallana on the base. These are all the time boisterous events and the choice to play the sport on a Friday night time definitely added some further spice to proceedings. The sizeable contingent of away supporters behind Butland’s goal had an ideal view of the sport’s first opening within the tenth minute after a dreadful mistake from Joel Ward introduced the ball to Marc Cucurella.
Fortunately for the Palace captain, his goalkeeper got here to the rescue with a superb save to disclaim Trossard that at the least made partial amends for his error against Millwall on the weekend. Palace had surprisingly dominated the midfield throughout their encounter earlier within the season nevertheless it was a special story right here, with Brighton pinning them of their own half by means of their full-backs, Cucurella and Joel Veltman.
Precise goalscoring alternatives remained elusive, nevertheless, till the intervention of VAR within the thirty fifth minute. Will Hughes could take into account himself unfortunate to have been noticed however he did have his arm round Veltman’s neck because the ball got here into the world and referee Robert Jones had no possibility however to award the penalty.
After a quick delay when a flare was thrown on to the pitch, the spot-kick from Pascal Gross lacked energy and conviction and Butland was capable of comfortably make the save. But the drama wasn’t over. From the ensuing nook, Butland grasped Adam Webster’s header simply earlier than Maupay was capable of knock the ball out of his fingers and into the web, with VAR once more ruling appropriately that he had been fouled on the road.
After such a breathless ending to the primary half, Palace saved their opponents ready in the beginning of the second however virtually fell behind three minutes in when Jakub Moder’s pleasant flick from Gross’s cutback struck the highest of the crossbar. Having spent many of the night largely as a spectator, Robert Sánchez was then referred to as into motion to avoid wasting from Webster after the defender’s tried clearance from a Conor Gallagher cross was heading in direction of goal. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than Butland was again within the thick of issues, as soon as once more denying Moder after he was performed in by Alexis Mac Allister.
An damage to Lallana then compelled Potter right into a change of formation, with Tariq Lamptey’s introduction producing a optimistic response from the house followers.
But it was Gallagher who surprised them into silence with a implausible group goal that began with a mazy dribble out of defence from Marc Guéhi and featured touches from half of the Palace group. Jeffrey Schlupp did brilliantly to maintain the ball after which discovered the Chelsea loanee to slam residence on the volley.
Brighton poured ahead as they tried to discover a approach again into the sport and it will definitely got here when Maupay wriggled free down the left and Andersen may solely divert the ball previous Butland on the close to submit. A late Maupay header virtually gained it for Brighton late on however a draw nearly felt like a good end result ultimately.