Wilfried Zaha has scored six goals against Brighton, more than against any other side

Wilfried Zaha rescued a point for Crystal Palace against rivals Brighton & Hove Albion in a Premier League game that did not come to life until the second half.

Brighton completely dominated the opening 70 minutes, and Neal Maupay gave them a deserved lead with a fine finish into the top corner.

But, not for the first time this season, Graham Potter’s side were made to pay for not taking their chances.

Injury-hit Palace – in their 100th game under Roy Hodgson – started playing with about 20 minutes to go and Zaha smashed home from the edge of the box.

Brighton were hanging on in the end as the hosts looked for a winner at a noisy Selhurst Park.

The point takes Palace – who are now unbeaten in four games – above Arsenal into ninth place and leaves Brighton down in 13th.

Brighton pay the price again

A familiar tale for Brighton – dominating possession, creating chances and failing to win.

They played like the home team in one of the Premier League’s more unusual derbies, which developed in the 1970s because of a rivalry between the two clubs’ managers at the time – Terry Venables at Palace and Alan Mullery at Brighton.

Most of Brighton’s efforts in the first half were from long range, as Palace held them at arm’s length.

Aaron Mooy curled wide from outside the box, while Yves Bissouma and Pascal Gross had efforts from distance saved.

They had a strong penalty appeal when Jairo Riedewald clipped Martin Montoya as the full-back was shooting – but after a long delay for a video assistant referee review, nothing was given.

It was more of the same after the break and Albion’s goal involved some fine football. Bissouma sprayed a ball out right for Leandro Trossard, who volleyed a cross – which Pascal Gross diverted into the path of Maupay, with the forward scoring for a third consecutive game.

Davy Propper, Maupay, Bissouma, Trossard and Montoya all had shots saved as Brighton looked to end the game.

But they were made to pay when Zaha crashed in the equaliser. And with Palace looking the more likely winners, Potter brought on defenders Shane Duffy and Bernardo for midfielders in the closing stages to see the game out.

Palace snatch a result again

If Brighton’s fate seemed familiar, so did Palace’s.

Only Watford, who are bottom of the table, have scored fewer than Palace’s 15 Premier League goals. The Eagles’ total number of shots this season – 161 – is lower than anybody else in the top flight, and yet they are in the top half.

Hodgson said before kick-off that he was experiencing the worst injury crisis he has had at the club, with six first-team players out. “The team you see tonight is the team we can field,” he said.

After a first half in which his side failed to create a single chance, Hodgson brought on James McCarthy at half-time for Riedewald, who had been making his first Premier League start since February 2018.

Their first shot – excluding a Christian Benteke cross which hit the crossbar – did not come until the 68th minute, with Max Meyer missing the target. Yet in the final 22 minutes, they had 11 shots.

Zaha was Brighton’s nemesis again. Luka Milivojevic crossed from the right and James Tomkins headed the ball down to the Ivory Coast international, who controlled the ball and cut on to his left foot before smashing a shot into the near top corner of the net.

That was his sixth goal against the Seagulls, more than he has scored against any other side.

From that stage on, Palace were the more likely winners. Benteke – who has scored one goal for Palace since April 2018 – forced three saves from Mat Ryan, while Jordan Ayew shot over from outside the box.

More to follow.



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