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Late Palace winner stuns Brighton

Christian Benteke scores for Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke’s stoppage-time goal gave Crystal Palace a smash-and-grab Premier League win at rivals Brighton, who are now in danger of being drawn into a relegation battle.

The visitors had opened the scoring against the run of play, with Jean-Philippe Mateta backheeling Jordan Ayew’s cross in from their first attack of the game.

But Brighton’s dominance in possession though was rewarded with an equaliser after the break when Joel Veltman swept a left-foot effort into the bottom-right corner.

The hosts spurned several excellent chances to go ahead before Benteke superbly volleyed in the winner against the run of play in the final minute of added time.

It proved to be a remarkable conclusion to the contest with Brighton enjoying 75% of the ball, registering 25 shots on goal to Palace’s three and forcing 13 corners while conceding none.

The result sees Palace move up a place to 13th but the Seagulls remain 16th, just four points above a resurgent Fulham in 18th.

Wasteful Brighton rue missed chances

Having come into this fixture on the back of a six-game unbeaten run Brighton fans could have been forgiven for looking at the second half of the season with optimism.

However, they will now be concerned at the prospect of their side being dragged into a fight for top-flight survival over the coming months.

While Graham Potter’s side play adventurous and easy-on-the-eye football, their ability to score goals has undoubtedly contributed to their current predicament.

Ten days after frustratingly failing to convert any of their 26 shots on goal against Aston Villa, they at least went one better this time around courtesy of their Dutch international defender Veltman.

But Potter will desperately hope that his forward players can now step up and provide the firepower that they will need to edge to safety.

The likes of top scorer Neal Maupay, who has scored just three goals in his last 19 Premier League appearances, endured another difficult evening, while Danny Welbeck, Lewis Dunk, Pascal Gross and Adam Lallana were all wasteful when presented with good opportunities.

More to follow.

Player of the match

BentekeChristian Benteke

with an average of 8.01

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

    Average rating

    5.58

  2. Squad number5Player nameDunk

    Average rating

    5.09

  3. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

    Average rating

    4.89

  4. Squad number33Player nameBurn

    Average rating

    4.86

  5. Squad number26Player nameSánchez

    Average rating

    4.84

  6. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

    Average rating

    4.71

  7. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

    Average rating

    4.70

  8. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

    Average rating

    4.68

  9. Squad number13Player nameGroß

    Average rating

    4.66

  10. Squad number3Player nameWhite

    Average rating

    4.65

  11. Squad number14Player nameLallana

    Average rating

    4.63

  12. Squad number17Player nameAlzate

    Average rating

    4.37

  13. Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhsh

    Average rating

    4.29

  14. Squad number9Player nameMaupay

    Average rating

    4.28

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

    Average rating

    8.01

  2. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

    Average rating

    7.40

  3. Squad number24Player nameCahill

    Average rating

    7.34

  4. Squad number14Player nameMateta

    Average rating

    6.90

  5. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

    Average rating

    6.87

  6. Squad number31Player nameGuaita

    Average rating

    6.86

  7. Squad number10Player nameTownsend

    Average rating

    6.83

  8. Squad number2Player nameWard

    Average rating

    6.61

  9. Squad number27Player nameMitchell

    Average rating

    6.51

  10. Squad number22Player nameMcCarthy

    Average rating

    6.33

  11. Squad number25Player nameEze

    Average rating

    6.31

  12. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

    Average rating

    6.24

  13. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

    Average rating

    5.83

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 26Sánchez
  • 3White
  • 5Dunk
  • 33BurnBooked at 53mins
  • 34VeltmanBooked at 84mins
  • 13GroßSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 81′minutes
  • 8Bissouma
  • 17AlzateSubstituted forWelbeckat 45′minutes
  • 11Trossard
  • 10Mac AllisterSubstituted forLallanaat 68′minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 7Connolly
  • 14Lallana
  • 15Moder
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 18Welbeck
  • 22Tau
  • 23Steele
  • 24Pröpper
  • 29Zeqiri

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Guaita
  • 2Ward
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 24Cahill
  • 27Mitchell
  • 44Riedewald
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 25EzeSubstituted forMcCarthyat 90+1′minutes
  • 9J Ayew
  • 14MatetaSubstituted forBentekeat 75′minutes
  • 10Townsend

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 6Dann
  • 17Clyne
  • 20Benteke
  • 22McCarthy
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 34Kelly

Referee:
Kevin Friend

Match Stats

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Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Crystal Palace 2.

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