5 Key Moments: Brighton and Hove Albion 3 – 1 Crystal Palace

Penalty to Brighton 

After some poor defensive communication in the box, James McArthur was forced to lunge in and clear the ball but referee Kevin Friend deemed that the Scottish international had fouled Jose Izquierdo and awarded the home side a spot-kick. Having been restored to the line-up after being rested for the weekend, it was Glenn Murray who stepped up and duly dispatched the penalty against his former club to give them the lead.

 

Duffy see’s red 

With the game being a derby, there was always the potential for some heated moments and, straight after Brighton had claims for a second penalty denied, Shane Duffy shoved his head into the face of Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt and was duly sent off. It was a moment of madness from the Irishman as referee Friend was forced to show only his second Premier League red card since September 2015.

 

Balogun’s instant impact

With Duffy now dismissed, Chris Hughton was forced into an early challenge with defender Leon Balogun coming on to partner Lewis Dunk. In a sensational turn of events, Balogun doubled his side’s lead with his first touch of the game, smashed a low drive past Wayne Hennessey from Solly March’s corner. That second goal gave Brighton a much-needed cushion given that they now had to play over an hour of the game with 10 men.

 

Murray off, Andone on

Almost lost in the drama and chaos of the second goal and the red card was the fact that Murray, Brighton’s top scorer with seven goals, landed awkwardly on his shoulder. Not wanting to risk their top-scorer, Hughton replaced Murray with one of Saturday’s goal scorers Florin Andone and the Romanian became the second Albion substitute to score almost immediately. Capitalising on some poor defending from James Tomkins, Andone’s persistence paid off as he stole the ball and and side footed it home from the tightest of angles.

 

Palace consolation penalty

After a crazy first-half, Brighton had to dig deep in the second-half to defend their 3-0 lead with 10 men as Roy Hodgson’s side battered down the Albion door. The home side’s midfield and defence worked tirelessly to try and deny an increasingly frustrated Palace until the 80th minute when Balogun chopped down Wilfried Zaha in the box with the penalty being converted by captain Luka Milivojevic. However, it was only a consolation goal for the Eagles who were unable to overturn Brighton’s 3-1 advantage, despite having 68% possession and 18 attempts on goal.

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