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Crystal Palace undermine Patrick Vieira’s progressive impact with only Jack Butland to thank in Brighton draw

Chairman Steve Parish started the evening by speaking of his surprise at how quickly the Eagles had progressed under Patrick Vieira since their managerial change in the summer, but little was on display here.

Brighton dominated from the start and would have been top before the break had it not been for Jack Butland, making just their fourth Premier League appearance for Crystal Palace. The former England keeper saved wonderfully from Leandro Trossard one-on-one before saving Pascal Gross’ penalty in the first half.

After years of struggling for confidence and chances – especially after a big mistake at Millwall last weekend – it was a fine performance from Palace’s second-choice keeper.

It was not one, however, that was matched on the pitch.

Palace have done so much to advance under Vieira. They came to the Amex under Roy Hodgson last season and sat extremely deep, managing just two touches in the Brighton box. The Eagles snatched a smash and claimed the 95th-minute victory that night, but that was not how Palace wanted to play going forward.

“They’re playing high so we thought we’d take it a step further but it didn’t really work out and we paid for it,” said Conor Gallagher.

“It was a really tough game, I don’t think we played well. it was disappointing.”

They got exciting and progressive, using Brighton as an example, but abandoned that ethos here. The south Londoners nearly secured another surprise win as Gallagher capped off a superb flowing move on the break to stun their hosts.

But Brighton kept pushing and finally struck when Neal Maupay’s late cross was deflected through Butland’s legs and via Andersen’s boot.

The Seagulls were well deserving of their point but have yet to beat Palace in their last six games despite dominating. Given their lack of a point, perhaps a more aggressive and familiar approach to Vieira Palace would have seen them leave with all three points.


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