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Crystal Palace ratings vs Brighton: Gallagher steals the show


The hosts dominated the first half but looked to be lacking a real threat. Odsonne Edouard, making his full debut for Palace, sent a tame effort straight at Robert Sanchez from the edge of the box, while the Brighton goalkeeper was also equal to Wilfried Zaha’s deflected shot at the near post.

It looked as if Palace were going to waste their control over the opening 45 minutes until, in stoppage time, Conor Gallagher charged into the box and was brought down by Leandro Trossard. Zaha stepped up over captain Luka Milivojevic and sent Sanchez the wrong way to take his career tally against Brighton to eight goals.

Palace continued to control the game after the break and should have doubled their lead with 15 minutes to go when substitute Christian Benteke sent Jordan Ayew one-on-one down the right but he fired into the side netting – a chance Palace would go on to rue.

Brighton finally managed a spell of pressure for the final period and claimed a leveller in the last minute of five added on.

Joel Veltman sent the ball straight back over the top of Palace’s defence from Vicente Guaita’s kick and Maupay clipped a fine lob over the Spaniard.

Here is how Jack Rosser rated the Crystal Palace players…

Had little to do but put his defence in a huge hole at the end with a poor kick finding Veltman, who teed up the goal.

Kept Brighton’s right side quiet all night long and looked to help Ayew going forward, too. Solid performance.

Looks a fine addition to the squad and was a calm and composed presence at the back throughout.

Another brilliant signing at the back. Forming a good partnership with Andersen and always keen to get Palace going from defence.

Industrious performance and always keen to make an impact going forward, just needs to work on end product.


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