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Brighton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Eagles evoke old fighting spirit as game delivers drama again

As is often the case when talking about the Graham Potter side, Brighton dominated in almost every measure imaginable but couldn’t find their finishing touch.

Jack Butland, who erred in last week’s FA Cup win over Mllwall, kept Palace in the derby with a Pascal Gross penalty after VAR penalized Will Hughes for a foul on Joel Veltman.

Seconds later, Neal Maupay – the man who denied Palace a win in September – had his goal disallowed for a foul on the former England shot-stopper.

For long stretches Brighton have been through Palace thanks to the complex deaths of Adam Lallana and Alexis Mac Allister. The finishing touch, however, proved as elusive as ever.

When Conor Gallagher crashed from close range after one of Palace’s rare attacks (admittedly the result of a quick passing move), those on the other side burst as those opposite had to think they had seen this movie before.

Still, the drama continued in its usual fashion. Brilliant work from Maupay created space in the box and his driven ball sent the hitherto brilliant Joachim Andersen through his own net.

Palace, despite all their progress, have a fighting spirit that Hodgson would be proud of.


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