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Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton: Wilfried Zaha and Alexis Mac Allister score

Wilfried Zaha

Substitute Alexis Mac Allister netted a 90th-minute equaliser to earn Brighton a thoroughly deserved draw against rivals Crystal Palace.

Argentine Mac Allister latched on fellow substitute Aaron Connolly's lay-off to drill home a rasping first-time finish from the edge of the area.

Palace were on the back foot for long periods, but looked like holding on for victory - having taken a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Wilfried Zaha's penalty, which turned out to be the home side's only shot on target.

The spot-kick was rather harshly awarded as Tariq Lamptey was judged to have dragged down Michy Batshuayi in the box, but replays showed there was little contact on the Palace striker.

Brighton pushed for a winner in 10 minutes of injury time but in captain Lewis Dunk's desperation to pounce on a loose ball, he caught Gary Cahill with a stud-high challenge and was sent off.

The draw moves Palace up a place to 12th, while Brighton stay 16th in the table.

Palace punished late on

Palace came into the game showing inconsistent form, claiming victories in their opening two league games before back-to-back defeats. A draw now extends their winless run.

They defended resolutely for 89 minutes and looked like coming away with a smash-and-grab victory thanks to Zaha's penalty - but have now kept just one clean sheet in their past 13 games.

Hodgson will have been impressed by the performance of holding midfielder Jairo Riedewald, given a first start at Selhurst Park since January.

The Dutchman has struggled to show his best form since joining Palace from Ajax in 2017, but was much improved in this contest.

Deployed in front of the backline, Riedewald won possession eight times, more than any other player on the pitch, and misplaced just one of his 23 passes.

A lack of attacking intent, though, meant Palace had to settle for a point.

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Crystal Palace

Starting XI

  1. Squad number31Player nameGuaita

    Average rating

    4.91

  2. Squad number2Player nameWard

    Average rating

    4.72

  3. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

    Average rating

    4.88

  4. Squad number24Player nameCahill

    Average rating

    5.42

  5. Squad number27Player nameMitchell

    Average rating

    5.05

  6. Squad number10Player nameTownsend

    Average rating

    4.92

  7. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

    Average rating

    5.24

  8. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur

    Average rating

    4.60

  9. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

    Average rating

    4.87

  10. Squad number23Player nameBatshuayi

    Average rating

    4.57

  11. Squad number11Player nameZaha

    Average rating

    4.71

Substitutes

  1. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

    Average rating

    4.21

  2. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

    Average rating

    4.08

Brighton & Hove Albion

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameRyan

    Average rating

    6.01

  2. Squad number4Player nameWebster

    Average rating

    6.32

  3. Squad number5Player nameDunk

    Average rating

    5.40

  4. Squad number33Player nameBurn

    Average rating

    6.39

  5. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

    Average rating

    7.29

  6. Squad number3Player nameWhite

    Average rating

    7.05

  7. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

    Average rating

    6.69

  8. Squad number20Player nameMarch

    Average rating

    6.59

  9. Squad number14Player nameLallana

    Average rating

    6.97

  10. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

    Average rating

    6.26

  11. Squad number9Player nameMaupay

    Average rating

    6.24

Substitutes

  1. Squad number7Player nameConnolly

    Average rating

    6.51

  2. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

    Average rating

    7.18

  3. Squad number13Player nameGroß

    Average rating

    5.97

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31GuaitaBooked at 76mins
  • 2Ward
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 24Cahill
  • 27MitchellBooked at 63mins
  • 10Townsend
  • 44Riedewald
  • 18McArthurBooked at 86mins
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forBentekeat 88'minutes
  • 23BatshuayiSubstituted forMilivojevicat 83'minutes
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 3van Aanholt
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 12Sakho
  • 17Clyne
  • 19Henderson
  • 20Benteke
  • 25Eze

Brighton

  • 1RyanBooked at 18mins
  • 4Webster
  • 5DunkBooked at 90mins
  • 33BurnSubstituted forGroßat 82'minutes
  • 2Lamptey
  • 3White
  • 8BissoumaBooked at 43mins
  • 20March
  • 14LallanaSubstituted forMac Allisterat 78'minutes
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forConnollyat 78'minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 7Connolly
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 13Groß
  • 17Alzate
  • 23Steele
  • 30Bernardo
  • 34Veltman

Referee:
Stuart Attwell

Match Stats

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Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

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