Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
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Balogun Hails Brighton’s ‘Outstanding Team Performance’ In EPL Win Over Palace

Balogun Hails Brighton’s ‘Outstanding Team Performance’ In EPL Win Over Palace

A clumsy challenge by James McArthur on Jose Izquierdo, as Palace struggled to clear their lines and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Milivojevic comically collided, gave the hosts a 24th-minute penalty.

They went down to 10 men after 31 minutes when Ireland defender Shane Duffy was sent off for headbutting Patrick van Aanholt right under the nose of referee Kevin Friend.

The home side lost Murray to an injury and his replacement Florin Andone scored Brighton's third in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time. The Romanian finished off a fast break by striking the ball into the far corner past Wayne Hennessey.

A quieter second half ensued, with Brighton a man down and Palace continuing to struggle in the absence of the focal point provided by a consistent orthodox striker and goalscorer - Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend were again up front.

What does it mean?

Murray returned to the starting line-up after being rested against Huddersfield and Andone's victor at the John Smith's Stadium may have made Hughton's decision tough to take. The Ivory Coast global created the opening that Milivojevic saw blocked by Bernardo but contributed little else in a dismal performance from Roy Hodgson's side.

Shane Duffy has apologised for getting sent off in Brighton's win over Crystal Palace.

It was the second quickest by a substitute after Daniel Sturridge's goal versus West Ham United - a feat achieved after 24 seconds.

- Palace's Wilfried Zaha has won more penalties (7) and Luka Milivojevic has scored more penalties (10) than any other player in the Premier League since last season. They travel to Burnley for their next game on Saturday.

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