Jordan Ayew pounces in Crystal Palace smash and grab raid that leaves Brighton in deep trouble

Wilfried Zaha and teammates 
Jordan Ayew,second left, puts Crystal Palace ahead at Brighton Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

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.

Jordan Ayew grabs the winner Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images

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.

Solly March misses a golden opportunity Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images

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. 

90+1 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1             

T2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apphe first of three minutes of injury time begins with a Brighton corner that Tosun heads away at the near post. You can see why Man City once bought Mooy, who took that corner, and why they got rid, too. All in the space of a couple of seconds. 

90 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1            

D2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appann comes through the back of Jahanbakhsh on halfway and demolishes him. Free-kick is chipped into the box but Palace head it clear without a tremor. 

88 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1           

Palace substitution: Tosun comes on for Benteke. 

86 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1          

Burn eats up the ground with those stilt like legs to get back to thwart Zaha and then uses his strength to wrestle him off the ball. Zaha is unhappy but it wasn't a foul. 

84 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1         

P2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appVA glue takes the corner and picks out Benteke who misses another opportunity to shoot on goal. He's playing well despite being rubbish at scoring. 

82 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1        

B2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apprighton make their final change: Steven Alzate replaes Bissouma.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBrighton take a nap as Palace attack up the left and allow Van Aanholt to have a shot that they scramble behind for a corner just in the nick of time. 

80 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1       

P2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appropper drives Brighton forward and keeps a pinball session going in the box with drive and purpose. Dann blocks a shot and then Mooy has anotehr go from the left but his strike is deflected over for a corner that comes to naught. 

78 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1      

Brighton substitution: Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Montoya

76 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1     

Brighton continue to be neat and tidy but it takes Trossard to seize the initiative and whip in a cross that Murray meets 10 yards out without being able to get a proper jump and hence balloons it down Guaita's throat. 

73 min: Brighton 0 Palace 1    

Bissouma decides to take on a shot from 25 yards and spoons it into the crowd. 

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. 


Brighton 0-1 Palace (Ayew)

Smash and grab. 

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. 

67 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0 

M2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appurray replaces March and Brighton switch to 4-4-2 with Trossard on the right and Mooy on the left. 

66 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0

March nutmegs Van Aanholt out by the right touchline and spurts towards the box. He tries to square it but the ball is intercepted by a sliding Riedewald back out to him and he takes on the shot, fizzing it over the bar from 10 yards. 

64 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                               

Glenn Murray is about to come on. Someone both clubs know is a decent finisher at last. 

62 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                              

Scrappy, scruffy game with enough good chances for wither side to have put it away by now.  


60 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                             

Palace corner on the right. Van Aanholt swings it in with his left. Benteke is challenged at the near post by Dunk and Propper but still wins it on the six-yard line yet cannot twist his header back across goal and heads it straight out. Another golden chance. 

57 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                            

M2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appontoya sends Zaha flying by catching his standing leg. He's already on a yellow card but does not receove another. Zaha made a meal of it but Montoya supplied the ingredients and opportunity. 

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. 

53 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                          

Trossard cuts in from the left to bend a right-foot cross the wrong side of the far post. Needed more swerve. 

51 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                         

Van Aanholt makes a decisive intervention on the right after losing the ball cheaply on the left that set up Maupay and Trossard to bomb towards the box. Palace and a heavy touch manipulated the ball out to the left where Can aanholt punced to atone for his error. 

49 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                        

From the corner Dunk rises majestically and catches it flush on the sweet spot of his brow, bulleting it towards goal until it hits Maupay, five yards out, and he effects the block because he simply couldn't get out of the road. 

47 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                       

Diagonal hit from right to left seems ideally placed for Maupay but the ball doesn't drop in time and allows Dann to block the half-volley when it eventually comes. 

46 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                      

R2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appiedewald slots into midfield to the left of McArthur. 

Half-time sub

Riedewald replaces James McCarthy for Palace.


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. 

45 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                    

Excellent control by Benteke to bring down an arced pass beyond the left post to set up a tight half-volley on the angle that cannons off Dunk and out for a corner. 

43 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                   

March has another shot from distance but lacks the power to bother Guaita.  

Maupay keeps finding the space but not the finishes Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


40 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                  

Cahill meets the corner at the far post with a diving header and Brighton's defence in disarray but heads it into the ground and wide. Had to do better than that. Small wonder they score so few goals. 

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.   

36 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0                

S2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围applick Brighton thrust from left to Maupay in the middle and out to the left to Trossard who picks out March at the back post with a fine cross which his fellow winger drags into the side-netting with a careless execution. 

34 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0               

Y2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appellow card for Benteke after lunging into a tackle on Dunk. But he was in control and wasn't reckless. In fact five years ago it would have been fair. Brighton shift it up to Maupay who finds space in the box but shoots tamely at Guaita. 

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.

28 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0            

Zaha's next touch is greeted by resounding boos and there's a huge roar when Propper dispossesses him. 

26 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0           

Zaha is caught offside and spits in the direction of  the Brighton fans and Scelotto who kicks the ball back at him and the referee books the substitute. VAR assesses it but Zaha is unpunished for spitting and standing cupping his ears. 


23 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0          

Ayew, who got away with a bad foul on Montoya, barking his shin with his studs five minutes ago, is encamped by the left corner flag, using his strength and Van Aanholt's guile to make progress until Cahill halts their momentum with a shove on Maupay. 

20 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0         

Brighton cross from the left pinballs through the six-yard box and Dunks tries to divert it past Guaita but Dann and McArthur rescue the panicky keeper and knock it clear eventually. Out it comes to March on the right who drills a cross/shot hybrid too close to Guaita.

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. 

15 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0       

Cahill is caught in the corner trying to dig Guaita out of a hole for a wild miskick but Brighton can't exploit their advantage. It's early days but Brighton seem as though they're going to need a mistake to score. 

13 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0      

March takes a touch too many on the left - as Kouyate just did. And it's Kouyate who uses his procrastination to get the tackle in. Defensively Kouyate is very impressive. 

The Scandinavians Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images


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. 

10 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0    

Z2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appaha makes the run up the inside right and is picked out by McArthur's pass but is squeezed out by Burn and Webster. 

8 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0   

D2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appunk scuds a diagonal aiming for Burn on the overlap up the left but Kouyate, who retains his place ahead of Milivojevic, mops it up. Palace are well drilled, well organised and, as Martin Keown says, a model of compactness when they don't have the ball. 

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. 

1 min: Brighton 0 Palace 0

B2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apprighton move the ball from side to side neatly in their own half and finally free Montoya up the right but McCarthy halts his progress with a snappy tackle. 

The teams are out 

Brighton in their stripes, Palace in black plus the sash Big Mal made them wear. 

The instigator of the rivalry speaks


Your teams

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)

Good morning

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."