Roy Hodgson celebrated his 100th Premier League game in charge of Crystal Palace with a win over the club’s bitter rivals to lift the Eagles 10 points clear of danger and leave Brighton in the thick of the relegation picture.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appJordan Ayew’s seventh goal of the season, his best total in the Premier League proved the decisive moment 20 minutes from time as the Seagulls missed a string of chances to take the lead.
A heavy police presence greeted everyone attending the Amex, including a cordon for away supporters from Falmer Station to the away end.
Minor clashes between supporters and police were reported in Brighton city centre but there appeared to be few issues inside the stadium.
On the pitch, the pressure was very much on the Seagulls, who have not won in 2020, a run which has left them uncomfortably close to the bottom three.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appPalace were set up to counter and twice threatened early on. Christian Benteke attempted to finish off a long ball with a first time volley but miscued badly.
T2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apphen, the Belgian brilliantly headed down to Cheikhou Kouyate whose first touch was just too heavy and allowed Mat Ryan to smother.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAt the other end, Neal Maupay twice shot low to keep Vincente Guaita alert. Glenn Murray was among the substitutes against his former club.
The first booking of the game was for someone not even playing, Albion sub Ezequiel Schelotto. He refused to return the ball to Wilfried Zaha and the Ivorian reacted, much to the delight of the home support who took glee in taunting him.
The pantomime antics continued throughout the first half with Schelotto remaining on the touch line and gesturing ‘cry baby’ at Zaha.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBrighton missed a brilliant opportunity to take the lead 10 minutes before half-time when Solly March somehow contrived to shoot into the side netting after Leandro Trossard had found him with the perfect low cross.
N2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appeither of these club score a huge number of goals but the chances kept coming. Next to come close was the Eagles’ Gary Cahill who headed down into the ground and over from James McCarthy’s corner.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe first half ended amidst a hail storm but the second half started under sunny skies and Lewis Dunk almost scored from Aaron Mooy’s corner but his powerful header struck Maupay in the face and stayed out.
Maupay then had another clear opportunity after the ball deflected off Jairo Riedewald to put him clean through. The former Brentford man shot straight at Guaita.
Corners were a major threat for both sides and Benteke connected with a dangerous delivery from Patrick van Aanholt but failed to make a clean connection.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appGraham Potter called for Murray with 24 minutes left, bringing him on alongside Maupay to bolster the attack.
I2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appt had been all Brighton in the second half but Palace led with 20 minutes remaining.
Potter’s side had uncharacteristically switched off in midfield allowing Benteke to seize possession. The Belgian then played a clever disguised pass into the path of Ayew, who scored his seventh of the season, despite Ryan getting a hand to the ball.
The air was thick with smoke which billowed round the ground from a flare let off in the away end as three sides of the Amex fell silent.
Potter attempted to force the issue with further attacking substitutions but the had little effect. Palace went clear on the break in stoppage time and Zaha struck the post with the goal at his mercy but one goal proved enough.
Opta post-match stats pack
- Brighton remain the only side without a Premier League win in 2020 (D5 L3), with the Seagulls last enjoying a top-flight victory against Bournemouth on December 28th.
- Crystal Palace have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since December.
- Brighton mustered 24 shots against Crystal Palace, their best-ever tally in a Premier League game.
- Roy Hodgson oversaw 100th Premier League game in charge of Crystal Palace (W34 D27 L39), the first club he’s reached the milestone within the competition.
- 16 of Crystal Palace's 28 Premier League games this season have been goalless at half-time, at least five more than any other side's.
- Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew has equalled his best-ever goal return in a Premier League season – also netting seven goals in 2015-16 with Aston Villa and in 2017/18 with Swansea.
- Crystal Palace attacker Christian Benteke has registered two goal involvements in his last three Premier League appearances (1 goal, 1 assist), as many as he managed in his previous 34 in the competition.
- Jordan Ayew’s goals this season have won Crystal Palace 12 points. Only Andy Johnson in 2004-05 (15) won more in a single Premier League season for the Eagles.
Full time: Brighton 0 Palace 1
Palace as efficient as ever grab the thyree points in a scruffy game of missed chances. Brighton are in serious trouble unless they can find a way to score. It's all very well being neat and tidy but they lack an attacking edge, pace and genuine intensity going forward for all their good work elsewhere.
90+3 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1
C2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appahill heads another Mooy corner away at the near post and after it's sent back in by Jahanbakhsh, Guaita punches it out and Palace break. Tosun and Zaha take it beyond the Brighton defence who were all upfield and Tosun, who might not have been in his own half, slips it past Ryan but takes it wide and Zaha clumps his left-foot shot into the post. VAR may well have ruiled it offside anyway.
71 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1
Superb from Benteke who cushions the ball with his back to goal 40 yards out, turns towards the centre from the left and strides towards the box before slipping the perfect reverse pass to Ayew creeping into the box from the left. He runs on to it and bends a shot under and with a feint touch from the desperately sliding defender past Ryan.
Palace fans let off a smoke bomb and the game is shrouded in grey and red fumes.
68 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
B2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apprighton break after Burn seems to foul Ayew and gets away with it. He threads the ball up to Maupay who runs into congestion and then tries to get out of it with a slinky pass down the inside-left to ... no one. The ball eventually comes back out to him and he holds it up well but skews his shot too close to Guaita.
55 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
M2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appaupay is through on goal luckily when Riedewald's tackle on Mooy comes off the Australian's shins and ricochets down the inside right channel and curls perfectly to hit on the half-volley. Maupay was past Cahill and had only Ryan to beat but spaffed his volley straight at him.
Half-time: Brighton 0 Palace 0
Routine game, little to see or appreciate beyond Palace's defensive diligence and Brighton's forward movement so far. Both look halfway on the road to being decent sides and half deadly dull. Brighton sorely lack pace; Palace creative midfield passing. Enjoying the pantomime between Schelotto and Zaha.
45+2 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
C2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appahill again is picked out by McArtur from a left-wing corner but his header is blocked by Burn. He cries 'Hands!' but it wasn't and the penalty is not fortrhcoming. When Ayew wins another corner as a hail storm begins, Dan, this time, wins it at the far post bit his header i as tame as Cahill's two and Brighton scramble it away moments before the referee whistles for half-time.
38 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
Benteke catches Webster in the face as they battle for an aerial ball with a swinging arm. VAR hs a look but takes no action. Webster requires treatment before a Palace corner, during which Zaha and the sub Schelotto who is warming up, have another bout of verbals. Zaha asks the referee to intervene, please sir style, but he doesn't.
32 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
Mooy swings the free-kick towards the 18-yard line from the left and Webster goes up for it, closely guarded by Cahill. Both tumble and Webster protests that Cahill bundled him over but the referee isn't having it. From the breakdown March telegraphs a long shot that Guaita flops on to at his left post.
30 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
Z2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appaha is now on the left, Ayew on the right, matching Brighton's switch of their wingers. Burn, in a promising position on the left, just inside the Palace half knocks it up to Maupay. Kouyate swings his boot into the tackle and catches the former Brentford forward on the sole of his boot. Brighton free-kick.
17 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
B2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appenteke heads the corner away at the near post but Brighton mop it up and Bissouma curls an excellent pass 40 yards up the inside left. Maupay takes it in his stride but he's faced up by two Palace defenders and tries to make them commit. Both hold their ground so he has to try to go through them and he does poke a shot through their legs that Guaita dives to his right to save.
11 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
Palace free-kick 40 yards out on the right for a trip. It's sent long towards the D where Benteke wins it with a masterly leap to nod it to the right of the six-yard box. Kouyate takes a touch that moves it too close to Ryan but he really should have hit a first-time shot instead.
5 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
Benteke's travails continue. He was so dominant in the air at Villa and scored that brilliant bicycle kick for Liverpool against Manchester United that emphasised his class. And yet here he makes the run through the middle and is picked out beyond the Brighton centre-backs on 18 yards. Ryan races out and Benteke takes it first time and flubs his volley out towards the corner flag. Where have you gone Christian Benteke? And who is this bad cover version?
3 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0
Palace are lining up in a 4-1-4-1 when they don't have the ball and Brighton are finding it difficult to penetrate the lines as they patiently probe. March does get to the corner flag on the left and drills a cross through Ward's legs that cannons off Kouyate and falls to Maupay. The centre-forward spins and scuffs a left-foot shot from 12 yards on a tight angle past the post.
BrightonRyan; Montoya, Dunk, Webster, Burn; Propper, Bissouma; March, Mooy, Trossard; Maupay.
Substitutes Button, Schelotto, Stephens, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Murray, Alzate.
Crystal Palace (4-1-4-1) Guaita; Ward, Dann, Cahill, Van Aanholt; McCarthy; Ayew, Kouyate, McArthur, Zaha; Benteke.
Substitutes Hennessey, Kelly, Milivojevic, Meyer, Townsend, Riedewald, Tosun.
Referee Martin Atkinson (Leeds)
And welcome to live coverage of a relatively modern but fierce rivalry between South London's and the south coast's finest, Seagulls vs
Glazi2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app Eagles for the right to hold supremacy over Crawley. In the intervening years we've had Alan Mullery, Steve Coppell and the five penalties in 1989, defecation gate and an awful lot of jostling, emnity and abuse. Today, though, we have nothing less than a mutual appreciation society between Messrs Potter and Hodgson, as PA reports.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appRoy Hodgson has risked the wrath of Crystal Palace fans by admitting rivals Brighton are a club heading in the right direction under the management of Graham Potter.
The pair will go head to head on Saturday, with the Eagles determined to claim bragging rights at the Amex.
While Hodgson and Potter may be at contrasting stages of their careers, they did both start to build a reputation with success in Sweden.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAnd the 72-year-old has been hugely impressed with the work of the Brighton boss since he moved to England and believes he will continue to guide the Seagulls up the Premier League table.
"I think his work is evident in the teams he has been coaching," Hodgson said.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"Ostersunds I only ever saw them on the television when they played Arsenal. I remember watching those two matches, but I got to know his team at Swansea and I got to know his team this year Brighton because I follow all those matches quite closely.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"I think he has done a very good job and has a very clear philosophy. He handles himself extremely well and I always like listening to his interviews; he deals with them in the way I would like to think I deal with them.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"With the answers he gives to questions, I feel like giving him a pat on the back and I think he has landed at a club at the right period of time for him and, with (technical director) Dan Ashworth going in there, the club is obviously going forward.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"Brighton have shown that in the three seasons or so since they have been up and they brought him in knowing what they were bringing in and did their research.
"They knew Graham Potter as a football coach and as a person and decided he was the right fit for Brighton. Everything I have seen so far this season would suggest they got it right."
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appPotter only moved to the Amex from Swansea in the summer, but agreed a contract extension in November, such was his impact at the club.
Hodgson is close to agreeing new terms too, revealing on Friday he is set to meet with chairman Steve Parish again next week.
During his first two seasons in charge, the former England boss has kept Palace in the top flight and they are currently nine points above the bottom three.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appWith more transfer funds available, he would like to ensure supporters are not merely looking to stay up at the beginning of every campaign.
"A lot will depend on what investment we can make in the team. We have not been able to make much over the last few seasons, but we still hope that will change," Hodgson said.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"I would like to think we could continue to make certain Crystal Palace not only maintain our status as a bona fide Premier League club, but we could continue to improve in that area and make certain our fans don't go into every season wondering if this will be the one where the axe falls."