Brighton Steal Point As Palace Fail To Take Advantage Of Dominance

This turned out to be another feisty affair in the latest chapter in the long running rivalry between the two clubs but the Eagles should really have turned their dominance of the game into all three points, but it just was not to be as the visitors snatched a late equaliser.


27th September 2021


Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion


Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU


Referee: Andre Marriner. Assistants: Simon Long, Scott Ledger. Fourth official: Kevin Friend. VAR: Chris Kavanagh. Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton.


BOOKINGS – Adam Lallana (28), Marc Cucurella (77), Leandro Trossard (81), Conor Gallagher (84), James McArthur (90), Robert Sanchez (90)

RED CARD – none


Wilfried Zaha (45), Neal Maupay (90)


Joel Veltman (90)


At this final whistle, the result was a difficult one to take particularly considering the visitors celebrated like they had won the FA Cup, not a Premier League point. It was disappointing that such a dominant display could not be rewarded with all three points but this is just another performance in the improvement plan being administered by Patrick Vieira. We can all be disappointed but the contrast to last season is stark where we would set up not lose games, this season we are taking the game to the opposition. Up against a team that could have gone top of the table with a win and in good form, Palace made them look very average indeed and while it deserved more than the point, a lot of positives can be taken from this game and performance.


Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.

“Our first half performance was everything Vieira would have wanted from our team. Front foot, possession with purpose and a deserved lead at half-time. Maybe the second half wasn’t as dominant a display but for most of the time we looked in control of the outcome. Unfortunately, two key moments gave the opportunity for an equaliser by Brighton in the final seconds of the game. Ayew missing the target with just the keeper to beat and a poor free kick clearance by Guaita giving a clear one on one for Maupay to finish. Critically our two centre backs were also caught napping from the resulting direct ball down the middle.

Certainly plenty of positives to take from the performance compared to last season. An increased share of possession has become a consistent feature combined with high pressing in the opponents half. Clinical finishing remains the final improvement required to ensure a comfortable position in the table. Gallagher epitomised our approach this evening. A great engine from box to box, playing the game at such a high intensity. He was our clear man of the match.

Onwards with confidence against Leicester at home on Sunday. Up the Palace!”


1 Vicente Guaita (7), 2 Joel Ward (6), 16 Joachim Andersen (7), Marc Guehi (6), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (6), 23 Conor Gallagher (7), 4 Luka Milivojevic (captain – 6), 18 James McArthur (6), 9 Jordan Ayew (6), 11 Wilfried Zaha (7), 22 Odsonne Edouard (7)   


1 Jack Butland, 7 Michael Olise, 8 Cheikhou Kouyate (replaced Milivojevic on 72 mins – 6), 12 Will Hughes, 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (replaced Ayew on 86 mins – 6), 17 Nathaniel Clyne, 20 Christian Benteke (replaced Edouard on 72 mins – 6), 34 Martin Kelly


1 Sanchez, 24 Duffy, 5 Dunk, 33 Burn, 34 Veltman, 13 Gross, 14 Lallana, 3 Cucurella, 11 Trossard, 9 Maupay, 18 Welbeck

SUBSTITUTES – 2 Lamptey, 7 Connolly (replaced Welbeck on 76 mins), 10 MacAllister, 15 Moder (replaced Alzate on 65 mins), 17 Alzata (replaced Burn on 45 mins), 20 March, 23 Steele, 28 Roberts, 30 Richards


PATRICK VIEIRA – “The players are as disappointed as I am, the fans too. To concede a goal like that with the last kick is difficult to accept. We have to look at the game and how difficult we made it for them. They’re a good side with a lot of confidence. We should take the three points. We gave them so many problems. The way they played the last 15 minutes with long balls doesn’t look like them. Not scoring the second goal left the door open. That was an important moment for us.”

GRAHAM POTTER – “It’s a fantastic feeling. It’s great for our supporters. It was a tight game. We pushed and pushed in the second half. We showed great spirit to keep going. It was a fantastic finish to get the equaliser.

The crowd make a huge difference and Patrick’s style of play has changed to what they did before. It was a hard-fought tight game. I didn’t think there was too much in it. In the end we are happy with a point.”


  • Man of the match: Joel Veltman (7.9)
  • Most shots: Adam Lallana (3)
  • Most tackles: Joel Veltman (8)
  • Most dribbles: Leandro Trossard (3)
  • Team rating: 6.50 – 6.71
  • Total shots: 8 – 8
  • Shots on target: 3 – 4
  • Possession: 46.6% – 53.4%
  • Pass success: 83%- 83%
  • Passes: 483 – 556
  • Dribbles: 4 – 6
  • Aerials won: 6 – 14
  • Tackles: 17 – 29
  • Fouls: 12 – 10
  • Corners: 6 – 5
  • Saves: 3 – 2
  • Dispossessed: 23 – 6


At the final whistle, Palace were 15th in the Premier League with 6 points from 6 games played, level with Wolves in 14th and 2 points ahead of Southampton in 16th.


03/10/2021 Leicester City (h) – Premier League (2pm)

18/10/2021 Arsenal (a) – Premier League (8pm)

23/10/2021 Newcastle United


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