Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha scored his fourth goal of the season

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 to 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.

And it was his delightfully threaded through ball that led to Batshuayi thundering a finish into the roof of the net, but it was disallowed by a marginal offside decision.

Otherwise, though, Palace’s lack of attacking intent meant they had to settle for a point.

Seagulls break down the Eagles… eventually

Brighton had more possession (65%), made more passes (539) and had more shots (20) at goal than their opponents, so will have mixed emotions after the game – delighted at salvaging a draw but aggrieved at not having scored more.

Graham Potter’s side play attractive football, their passing is neat and crisp but attacks fall apart too often in the final third or they fail to work the goalkeeper.

Just three shots were on target, with Mac Allister’s goal punishing Joel Ward’s clearance, but the other two efforts from Neal Maupay were comfortable for Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to deal with.

The Seagulls finished 15th last season, seven points clear of the relegation zone, and they may be looking over their shoulders again if finishing and results do not improve.

Brighton have won just one of their opening five matches this season and will have to make do without captain Dunk for the next games after he received a straight red card for a horrible challenge on Cahill.

What next?

Palace travel to Fulham in the league next Saturday (kick-off 15:00 BST), while Brighton host West Brom on Monday, 26 October (17:30).

Dunked for an early bath – the stats

  • Since Opta began recording shot data in the Premier League in 2003-04, Crystal Palace are the first team to have had just one shot in a match in the competition and for that shot be a penalty.
  • Brighton have lost just one of their past 10 away games in the Premier League (W3 D6 L1), picking up four points from a possible nine on the road in 2020-21 (W1 D1 L1).
  • Brighton attempted 19 more shots than Crystal Palace – their highest positive shot differential in a single Premier League match.
  • Crystal Palace have failed to win any of their past seven Premier League games on Sunday (D4 L3), since beating Bournemouth 5-3 in May 2019.
  • Players from Ivory Coast have scored 25 of their 28 Premier League penalties to date (89%), boasting the highest conversion rate of any nationality from the spot in the competition’s history (with a minimum of five taken), with only Drogba, Dindane and Bony missing from 12 yards.
  • Since the start of the 2017-18 season, only Arsenal (19) and Watford (18) have conceded more goals from the penalty spot in the Premier League than Brighton (16).
  • Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has scored more goals against Brighton in all competitions than he has any other opponent (seven).
  • Brighton’s Lewis Dunk was sent off for the second time in his Premier League career and for the first time since December 2018 against Bournemouth.

Player of the match

Mac AllisterAlexis Mac Allister

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number24Player nameCahill

  2. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

  3. Squad number31Player nameGuaita

  4. Squad number27Player nameMitchell

  5. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  6. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  7. Squad number10Player nameTownsend

  8. Squad number2Player nameWard

  9. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur

  10. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  11. Squad number23Player nameBatshuayi

  12. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

  13. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

  2. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  3. Squad number3Player nameWhite

  4. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  5. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

  6. Squad number20Player nameMarch

  7. Squad number7Player nameConnolly

  8. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  9. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  10. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

  11. Squad number9Player nameMaupay

  12. Squad number1Player nameRyan

  13. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  14. Squad number5Player nameDunk


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


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


  • 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


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

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