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Match Report: Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton (Brighton Fan's Perspective)

By Andy
Wednesday 1st February 2012
It was time for Brighton to gain revenge over their bitter rivals Crystal Palace for the 1-3 defeat back in September at the AMEX. Glen Murray proved to be the villain, the former Brighton player got Palace's 3rd after he was constantly booed and jeered over 90 minutes.

The 10th most fierce rivalry was hotly anticipated, Brighton on a high after knocking out Premier League Newcastle United out of the FA Cup and Palace looking for a good result after going out to Cardiff in the Carling Cup final 6 days ago. Gus Poyet before the match "This game is bigger than the Newcastle game because Palace are our biggest rival. Newcastle are a very big Premier League club but they are not our rivals."

Both teams had a stuttering with poor passing. Brighton's first decent chance fell to Alan Navarro who shot straight at Palace keeper Speroni after a corner. Palace then turned up the pressure with the lively Zaha creating havoc and chances from the wing but the Brighton defense was able to hold firm blocking and clearing shots.

Will Buckley then found space to tee up Craig Mackail-Smith, who's attempt was well saved by Speroni. The first 30 minutes both very even between both sides. Ashley Barnes then powered a great strike at goal only for it to be blocked by a Palace defender. Albion looking able to score and Palace seemed good from set pieces.

A quite normal first half finished 0-0. The best move of the half coming from a cross-field ball by Ashley Barnes to pick out Will Buckley who drove a cross into the box, Craig Mackail-Smith's resulting shot was blocked at close range by Palace keeper Julian Speroni.

The rivalry then began to show through. A tackle from behind earned Adam El-Abd a yellow card before Wilfred Zaha received the same treatment for picking up Ashley Barnes and dropping him on the floor. Then one of the more bizzare yellow cards of the game given to Brighton keeper Peter Brezovan who was picking up plastic cups from his 6 yard box after they were thrown at him from Palace fans.

Palace were suddenly 3 on 3 and seemed certain to create a chance until they were stopped by a fantastic sliding challenge by Inigo Calderon.

Wilfred Zaha then tricked his way into the box and the slightest of touches from Will Buckley took him down in the box, Chris Martin converting the resulting penalty 18 minutes into the second half.

Brighton re-gained their composure and then were awarded a penalty themselves which won by Will Buckley and converted by Ashley Barnes, the final 20 minutes were to be tense.

Brighton found form after their equalizer, Agdestein worked well to take possession off Palace and laid the ball off to Calderon who unleashed a 30 yard shot which was well saved by Speroni.

The final whistle blew confirming a score which many fans predicted. If only there was another 5 minutes at the end, it seemed only a matter of time until Brighton got the winner after the Seagulls began to soar over the Eagles but it came to nothing.

Brighton - 01 Brezovan, 03 Greer, 05 Dunk, 06 El-Abd, 14 Calderon, 08 Navarro, 10 Sparrow (Agdestein 70), 26 Bridcutt, 30 Buckley, 09 Barnes, 12 Mackail-Smith (Vokes 70)

Subs - 16 Ankergren, 20 Vincelot, 35 Forster-Caskey, 23 Agdestein, 24 Vokes.

Palace - 01 Speroni, 02 Clyne, 06 Gardner, 30 McShane, 04 Parr, 08 Dikgacoi, 15 Jedinak, 11 Scannell (Ambrose 77), 16 Zaha, 19 Easter (Murray 81), 35 C Martin (Garvan 90+2).

Subs - 34 Price, 37 Egan, 07 Ambrose, 10 Garvan, 17 Murray.

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