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Palace unrecognisable from Hodgson era but Vieira denied statement win


The Eagles, putting on a show of their new style here, had been so dominant until one lapse and moment of naivety in the last of five minutes added on let their great rivals Brighton in.

Vicente Guaita’s goal had not been truly threatened throughout the preceding 94 minutes, but it was a mistake from the Spaniard which allowed the Seagulls their chance.

The goalkeeper, tasked with taking a free-kick in the dying seconds yards from his own goal line, fizzed a low long ball straight to Joel Veltman, whose first touch sent it back and onto the foot of Maupay, with the former Brentford striker then guiding it over Guaita’s head before wheeling away to the delirious travelling support.

Such a moment is not rare in these fixtures – the last three have all featured a goal in the 90th minute or later – but it will hurt for Vieira, so close was he to securing a second win as Palace boss after such a dominant display.

The south Londoners had already blown away a shoddy Tottenham side here but the new Eagles boss is keen to find a level of consistency with this new-look Palace squad.

It was ahead of last season’s visit to Brighton that fans made their opinion about the direction of the club clear. A banner placed outside the training ground by supporters claimed a “pandemic of apathy” had taken hold, while Roy Hodgson’s more conservative approach to football was criticised.

Hodgson responded with a vintage smash-and-grab win at Brighton days later, but those in the boardroom certainly took notice of the criticism.

This Palace performance was unrecognisable from those under Hodgson.

Across two games against their rivals last season, they managed just three shots. In the first half alone here there were seven aimed at Brighton’s goal.

Palace were on it from the start. Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen holding their nerve and keeping a high line with fellow summer signing Conor Gallagher, the all-action midfielder, buzzing away.


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