From AMEX – A late own goal by Joachim Andersen interrupted Conor Gallagher’s goal when Brighton came from behind to earn a point against the bitter rivals Crystal Palace at AMEX on Friday night.
Chelsea loaned Gallagher held on to Jeffrey Schlupp’s pass to beat Robert Sanchez in the second half, but the Eagles could only retain that advantage until the 87th minute, when Andersen poked into his own net.
The hosts started bright and should have gone ahead when Joel Ward’s bad nod allowed Leandro Trossard to gallop through on goal, but the Belgian was denied by a sprawling Jack Butland.
Brighton got another chance to move on when Will Hughes locked Joel Veltman on a corner, with a VAR intervention resulting in a penalty. However, Pascal Gross made a disastrous appearance.
Neal Maupay did attempt a finish, but from an awkward position, sending the ball into the away fans.
The Seagulls were at the top of the half-time range – surpassing their opponents by eight to one – and went up almost 1-0 after the break, but Jakub Moder saw his flick come back from the crossbar. Almost immediately afterwards, Palace recharged the pitch to Brighton’s goal and tested Sanchez, who pushed away Odsonne Edouard’s effort near the post.
While Brighton dominated the ball possession and had better chances, they went under in the usual way. A Palace attack seemed to have died out but Schlupp kept it alive and hooked the ball back to Gallagher who thumped in.
It seemed to be another familiar story about missed opportunities for Brighton when the clock ticked full time, but they took steady steps late when Maupay’s cross was diverted into his own net by Andersen.
A draw sees Brighton crawl up to 28 points in eighth place, while Palace is down in eleventh place.
Robert Sanchez (GK) – 6/10 – Had no saves to make during the first half. Made good to deny Edouard but little chance for Gallagher’s goal.
Joel Veltman (RB) – 6/10 – Came well to the right and was often a free man for Brighton.
Adam Webster (CB) – 5/10 – Headed straight at Butland from a corner, but was judged to have committed a violation anyway. Looked to have handled the danger for Palace’s goal but had not done so.
Dan Burn (CB) – 6/10 – Pinged some good passes to wide areas when Brighton created space.
Marc Cucurella (LB) – 7/10 – Delivered some excellent crosses from the outside. An energy bundle with unmistakable hair.
Jakub Moder (RM) – 6/10 – Got in behind the Palace defense on a few occasions but the final ball was often missing. Got the crossbar with a skilled effort at the front post. Went close again but had a blow saved by Butland.
Pascal Gross (CM) – 4/10 – Really terrible punishment that lacked any form of conviction was dismissed by Butland.
Adam Lallana (CM) – 7/10 – Tricky feet and precise passing from Lallana helped Brighton stay on top. Decent shift before he was pulled back with a knock
Alexis Mac Allister (LM) – 6/10 – Floated around but played predominantly to the left. Some decent moments but nothing particularly eye-catching.
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Neal Maupay (ST) – 6/10 – Thought he had scored a goal but had his effort closely rejected for a foul. Played a crucial role in the goal, and hit across the box for Andersen to net in the wrong end.
Leandro Trossard (ST) – 6/10 – Would have grabbed the opener when he was clean but shot straight at Butland.
Tariq Lamptey (RWB) – 6/10 – Thought to drive on Mitchell at his introduction.
Danny Welbeck (ST) – 5/10 – Had a good opportunity late but put a difficult nod over the crossbar.Solly March (CM) – 5/10
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Jack Butland (GK) – 8/10 – Remained large to deny the Trossard opener. Got Palace fans chanting “Super Jack” as he kept Gross off bad penalties. Retained his side in the game.
Joel Ward (RB) – 6/10 – The terrible nod almost gave Brighton the premiere. Steady enough otherwise.
Joachim Andersen (CB) – 4/10 – Looked a bit erratic all the time and in the end cost his side the win with the own goal.
Marc Guehi (CB) – 7/10 – All the more composed of Palace’s midfielders. Took more care of the ball and covered his box well.
Tyrick Mitchell (LB) – 6/10 – Saw a lot of the ball for Palace and often cleared his lines in defensive moments.
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Conor Gallagher (CM) – 7/10 – Very much in the periphery of events early because Palace seemed to be playing on the counter. Did some tackles of was also bypassed sometimes. Put Palace ahead by knocking in from close range.
Will Hughes (CM) – 5/10 – Brain whitening when he felled Veltman in the area for a penalty. Booked for a clumsy challenge.
Jeffrey Schlupp (CM) – 6/10 – Won a surprising amount of headers but was not overly influential. However, he made an important contribution when he assisted Gallagher’s strike.
Michael Olise (RW) – 6/10 – Satisfied with the ball at his feet, finished three dribbles in the first half. Had some bright moments in others before he came off for Benteke.
Odsonne Edouard (ST) – 5/10 – Not overly involved in the first half, with just 15 touches – only Maupay had fewer (eight) during that period. Had Palace’s first shot on goal with a decent flick at the nearest post.
Eberechi Eze (LW) – 6/10 – Made his first Premier League start since May last year. Slammed into Maupay for a yellow card. Had Palace’s only shot in the first half, which was blocked. Looked to grow into the game but was then suspended.
Luka Milivojevic (CM) – 5/10
Jean-Philippe Mateta (ST) – 5/10
Christian Benteke (ST) – 5/10
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