Wednesday 18 September 2019

Brighton surge as Duffy sees red

Brighton 3 Crystal Palace 1

Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates following his sides victory. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates following his sides victory. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Brighton fans have waited a long time - since 2013 - for a home league win over their great rivals and there will have been extra satisfaction in the manner of this one.

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.

Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace scores a penalty for his team's first goal. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace scores a penalty for his team's first goal. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Minutes earlier, Glenn Murray had put the Seagulls ahead against his old club from a controversial penalty, his seventh goal in seven home games this season.

Substitute Leon Balogun then scored with his first touch to make it 2-0 and another sub, Florin Andone, made it 3-0 in the four minutes added onto the end of the first half for the earlier drama as Palace looked shell-shocked.

Luka Milivojevic pulled one back in the second half for Palace, but that must have been little consolation for such a decisive defeat.

Despite the victory, which lifts Brighton up to 10th - one point behind Manchester United and Everton - manager Chris Hughton made no excuses for Duffy's moment of madness.

"Shane will have to learn from it. There is no hiding place for what he did. He knows better than that, because he is an experienced international player," he said.

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