This accessory always has a habit of leaving things late. With Crystal Palace leading thanks to a brilliant goal from Conor Gallagher, his seventh Premier League goal of the season, a third successive victory here for Patrick Vieira’s side seemed to be on the cards. However, having salvaged a point against the team they like to beat more than any other earlier in the season, this time it was a Joachim Andersen own goal that saved Graham Potter.
It’s already been six games since Brighton beat their bitter rivals, and Potter has yet to taste victory since taking over in May 2019. But this will at least have felt positive after they fell behind by 20 minutes per game. play.
This was Palace’s second away derby in the space of six days after their spirited win over Millwall in the FA Cup on Saturday, and Vieira admitted this week that the last-minute equalizer Brighton scored at Selhurst Park in September to denying them three points was still “on our minds”.
He named six players aged 23 and under into his starting line-up, the first Palace manager to select a squad so young since caretaker Attilio Lombardo in March 1998, as they tried to finish a string of seven matches without winning a Premier League game. League on a Friday
After morale-boosting wins over Brentford and Everton, Brighton came into this match with their best points tally after 19 games in a season in the top flight since 1982. They finished that campaign in 13th place in Division One, which remains the highest result in the club’s history. and hopes are high on the South Coast that this team can set a new standard under Potter’s guidance.
He made seven changes from the side that beat West Brom in the Cup, with Leandro Trossard paired with Neal Maupay in attack and a diamond formation in midfield with Adam Lallana at point guard. These are always boisterous occasions and the decision to play the game on a Friday night certainly added some extra spice to the proceedings. The sizable contingent of visiting supporters behind Butland’s goal had a perfect view of the game’s first opening in the 10th minute after a terrible mistake by Joel Ward handed the ball to Marc Cucurella.
Luckily for the Palace captain, his goalkeeper came to the rescue with an excellent save to deny Trossard who at least partially made amends for his mistake against Millwall at the weekend. Palace had surprisingly dominated midfield during their meeting earlier in the season, but it was a different story here, with Brighton pinning them down in their own half through their full-backs, Cucurella and Joel Veltman.
However, real scoring opportunities remained elusive until VAR intervention in the 35th minute. Will Hughes can consider himself unlucky to have been seen, but he had his arm around Veltman’s neck when the ball entered the area and the referee Robert Jones had no choice but to take the penalty.
After a brief delay when a flare was fired onto the pitch, Pascal Gross’s penalty lacked power and conviction and Butland was able to save comfortably. However, the drama was not over. From the resulting corner, Butland grabbed Adam Webster’s header just before Maupay was able to pry the ball out of his hands and into the net, with VAR again correctly ruling that he had been fouled on the line.
After a breathless end to the first half, Palace kept their opponents waiting at the start of the second, but nearly fell behind after three minutes when Jakub Moder’s delicious move from a Gross cut hit the top of the crossbar. . Having spent most of the night as a spectator, Robert Sanchez sprang into action to save Webster after the defender tried to clear a Conor Gallagher cross headed for goal. It wasn’t long before Butland was back in the thick of things, once again denying Moder after Alexis Mac Allister played him.
An injury to Lallana then forced Potter to change formations, and the introduction of Tariq Lamptey produced a positive reaction from the local fans.
However, it was Gallagher who stunned them with a fantastic team goal that began with a labyrinthine dribble past Marc Guéhi’s defense and featured touches from half of the Palace team. Jeffrey Schlupp did a brilliant job of holding the ball and then found the Chelsea loanee to volley in.
Brighton surged forward as they tried to find a way to get back into the game and it finally came when Maupay slid freely down the left and Andersen was only able to deflect the ball past Butland at the near post. A late header from Maupay almost gave Brighton the win in the end, but in the end the equalizer felt like a fair result.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism