Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton: Lewis Dunk was sent off at the end of a fierce derby in which the loots were shared
Had Crystal Palace held on to win here it would have been a masterclass from Roy Hodgson Brighton managed 19 of 20 shots in the game and commanded two-thirds of possession, but until the 89th minute the penalty for Wilfried Zaha in the first half accounted for 100% of goals Graham Potter had come with his skillful passing team and unpredictable movement and sophisticated 3-4-3 formation, and Hodgson’s tenacious 4-4-2 had taught them an old-fashioned lesson.
But Palace’s squeaky door eventually split under the brunt of pressure from Brighton as extra time loomed Substitute Alexis Mac Allister beat at home an equalizer from the edge of the box, and well that Lewis Dunk was sent off in the last pangs for a ghastly two-footed tackle on Gary Cahill, Brighton well deserved a point from a derby that will be remembered for the sound of his blood and thunder more than for his aesthetic
After both sides conceded four in their last game before the international break, it might not come as a surprise that they took a more resolute stance here Potter named four players whose main occupation is the center half as Ben White took his place ahead of three imposing full-backs from Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk and Dan Burn, making Michy Batshuayi’s chances of winning a header all round. afternoon somewhere near zero Hodgson meanwhile picked three defensive midfielders with Cheikhou Kouyate continuing at center-back behind the excellent Jairo Riedewald and James McArthur, the latter playing the role of a relentless pest to perfection.
To be in the stadium was to appreciate the appetites of both camps for this match For once this season, it seemed that the absence of fans added order, not chaos, because both sides were able to focus on their well-drilled forms which seemed to cancel out in the early stages Youngsters Tariq Lamptey and Tyrick Mitchell traded blows in a duel of wide scurriers to one side while midfielder McCarthur-Reidewald vs Bissouma-White became more of a battleground than the football game, tackles shaking the old metal frames of Selhurst Park
Potter’s surprise decision to play White out of position almost proved to be a masterstroke when the improvised midfielder got the first clear view of the goal in the first half, but he looked a little confused to be there and was dragged away, and moments later Palace was in front
As a cross came in from Palace’s right side, Lamptey shoved Batshuayi off as he reached the far post and referee Stuart Attwell took a moment before pointing to the spot. It was the kind of call that Palace fans would naturally find correct and Brighton fans would naturally complain about being a little soft It was certainly one of those times when the punishment didn’t quite match the crime – despite all the muscle and energy put into the game up to this point, a slight shoulder pull gave Palace a free 12 yard strike Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan was shown a yellow card when his meticulous stud count dragged out the moment, but Zaha was unmoved, sending him the wrong way
Palace believed they added a second goal early in the second half when Batshuayi crashed into the roof of the net, but he was ruled just offside to drive the ball deep from Riedewald, and Palace therefore retreated
As the minutes went by the spaces in the center got smaller and smaller Hodgson went from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3, although they had so little possession it was all intents and purposes a 4-5-1, with Zaha and Townsend coming back to their third line of defense At one point, Adam Lallana attempted to squeeze through an impossible tangle of legs, somehow emerging over the edge of the box with the ball to run into another layer of blue resistance and red and lose it Solly March had an opening on the left side, but Palace didn’t offer the few seconds he wanted and he was also ousted
But in the end Palace made a crucial mistake Neal Maupay jumped on a bad clearance from Joel Ward and the attacker’s pass bounced off Aaron Connolly’s heels and on the way to his replacement colleague Mac Allister, whose the half-volley took a slight deviation passing in front of Vicente Guaita It was well deserved, as was Dunk’s late red card for an unnecessary lunge on Cahill, one of many times when tensions escalated, and in a strange way, both managers will feel frustrated that a point could have been three
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