Brighton 0-0 Crystal Palace

The rivalry all kicked off when former Brighton manager Alan Mullery threw change at the Palace supporters after the game shouting “that’s what you’re worth” in 1982.

Cut to 2017 and the atmosphere is fiery. Firecrackers, flares, you name it in the Palace end. And the Seagulls volleyed back some vulgar language in return. Pure hatred.

The game lacked any thrust though and it was a poor goalless draw.

Matt Ryan pulled off a cracking double save – similar to his double save at Old Trafford on the weekend – first from Benteke then saved a shot from Wilfried Zaha, in the first quarter of an hour.

A tense first quarter with both teams a bit scared to lose. In fact, it was difficult to tell whether they were scared or just lack quality. After all, it’s newly promoted Brighton versus bottom of the table Palace.

To get some context, the away side haven’t won away from home all season, on top of that, they haven’t scored. That is why Ryan’s heroics must have hurt the Eagles early on and must have made Roy Hodgson wondering whether they would get a better chance.

Two England hopefuls were going head to head. Ruben Loftus-Cheek who got his first cap in the last batch of internationals in November.

Lewis Dunk, yet to receive an England call, with Brighton supporters feeling he deserves it.

Considering Gareth Southgate isn’t blessed with lots of top centre backs, Dunk is at least worth a try in March. Loftus-Cheek could be anything and offers something England don’t have an abundance of –  a creative central midfielder.

There were more flares than there were shots on target in the first half.

Hodgson’s side were the much better team up until the hour mark. Kept the ball much better. Loftus-Cheek caused havoc every time he got the ball.

Wilfried Zaha was very subdued despite taking on 37-year-old Bruno – who everyone seems to pick out as the weak link but has been largely excellent this season.

Ryan’s double save earlier in the match looked more pertinent than it originally was. That was the only clear chance up until the the 80th minute.

Glenn Murray had a header cleared off the line with 10 minutes to go by Andros Townsend but both sides lacked patient and quality. Brighton continued to pass it backwards and sideways and lacked movement and pace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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