While there have certainly been positive signs for Palace during the early stages of Patrick Vieira’s tenure, so far he has only won one of his first five top flight starts under the Arsenal legend.
The Eagles are likely to face a tough test tonight against a Brighton team that are off to a good start to the 2021/22 campaign.
Graham Potter’s Seagulls have already won four league games this term, including two on the road, and sit atop sixth place, just two points behind starting leader Liverpool. Tonight they would go to the top of the pile with another victory.
However, Brighton has only emerged victorious from one of its last seven trips to SE25. Who will claim bragging rights?
Odsonne Edouard makes his first outing for Palace when Luka Milivojevic also enters, while Brighton trades Pascal Gross and Dan Burn, with Yves Bissouma key absent.
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Maupay on the post-match dispute
Maupay was also asked about that flash point after the final whistle …
“I think that football is nothing without fans and without some involvement between players. It’s a derby. They all wanted to win. The atmosphere was very, very good, ”he said.
“I scored, and I saw (Wilfried) Zaha and I smiled at him because I saw him celebrating his penalty in the first half and he gave a little to our fans.
“I will not say what he said, but you know how it is sometimes between players, you are a bit of a joke. It was a good moment for us because we scored at the last minute, so it was a good moment to give him something ”.
The Brighton striker told Sky Sports: “It was a tough match, I thought Palace played well, we weren’t that good today, but I think the team’s endurance was spot on and in the end we scored so we are definitely happy with him. point tonight.
“Before the goalkeeper kicked him, I asked the referee how much time was left and he said there was a minute left. I thought, ‘Okay, we might have one more chance, or we might not.’
“The ball went behind the defender, I just saw the ball coming and I thought I could catch it and I did, I scored, so I’m very, very happy tonight.”
Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
Maupay’s last goal nullifies Zaha’s penalty!
Tensions rise between both sets of players after the full-time whistle.
OBJECTIVE! Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton | Neal Maupay 95 ‘
95 minutes: Carnage on the visiting end as Maupay brilliantly throws Guaita, whose poor goal kick had been sent straight back by Veltman.
Brighton has snatched a point from death when Potter jumps for joy on the touchline.
Gut for Palace. A shroud of blue smoke envelops the pitch.
93 minutes: A very brave punch from Guaita, who stays crouched holding his shoulder.
However, it seems like it’s okay to continue. The palace is almost there!
90 minutes: That’s a real opportunity for Brighton as the clock ticks 90, with Duffy overtaking Benteke to connect with Gross’s free kick from the left, but he doesn’t get enough grip on the header and Guaita rejoins.
Five minutes of additional time were allotted. Is there any late drama to come?
87 minutes: Palace fans warmly applaud Zaha after he returns to battle with Veltman and wins the Palace a goal kick to ease the pressure.
85 minutes: It’s not a lack of trying from Brighton, but they just can’t do anything here in the final stages, much to the delight of local fans.
Ayew, who should have put this game out of reach, is replaced by Jeff Schlupp, who is now back in shape after a hamstring problem.
83 minutes: Gallagher takes a strong touch and then savagely lunges at Cucurella. Maybe a point of revenge!
80 minutes: Zaha and Trossard have been fighting all night and the latter now pushes his Palace counterpart, receiving a reservation for his troubles.