Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says all three Crystal Palace goals avoidable

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Kristopher Love | 16 April, 2018, 13:54

Crystal Palace were in desperate need of a victory against Brighton at Selhurst Park on Saturday to move away from the relegation zone.

The Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton will be broadcast live on NBCSN. Mullery was fuming after a disallowed goal and then being denied an equaliser when Brian Horton scored from the spot, only for referee Ron Challis to order a retake even though it was Palace players who had encroached into the box.Horton, inevitably, missed.

In added-on time, Murray squandered a chance from close range after the ball had been flicked into his path, and it proved to be Brighton's final opening as Palace held on for what could prove to be a crucial three points come the end of the season.

Crystal Palace are in a precarious position entering in the final stretch of matches in the Premier League. Without the 25-year-old recently, the London-based outfit have not won a Premier League game the Ivory Coast worldwide has missed since September 2016. The fireworks never quite materialised in a 0-0 league draw at the Amex Stadium last November and were certainly lacking when both sides fielded weakened teams for Brighton's 2-1 win in an FA Cup third-round tie in January, even if ex-Palace player Glenn Murray did raise questions over why VAR was not used on its debut as he got the hosts' late victor.

It was a huge win for Palace, which moved to within a point of Brighton and has four games left of a season it has spent near the bottom of the standings. If we are going to get a result that's the best way'. Last week we had Wilf Zaha and Andros Townsend up top, an 18-year-old on the bench.

"Options up front are a nice problem to have". The Eagles have been hindered by notable injuries over the last few months and the recent return of influential attacker Wilfried Zaha is a welcome boost.

This game saw five first-half goals, the most in any Premier League game this season.

'It would be a nice one not to lose, ' said Seagulls boss Hughton.

Swansea drop to 17th despite taking a point from Everton, with Jordan Ayew's second-half goal enough to earn the Swans a deserved share of the spoils after Kyle Naughton's unfortunate own goal had seen them fall behind.

In Saturday's late games, Liverpool hosts Bournemouth and runaway leader Manchester City is at Tottenham. Three points against Palace will be vital for their survival.

'It's not a classic type of derby; it's one that means more to both clubs than to people outside it.