Brighton 0-0 Hove Albion v Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke, Lewis Dunk

Crystal Palace earned their first away point of the season as they battled to a goalless draw against Brighton.

The Eagles had lost all six of their previous matches away from Selhurst Park without scoring, and conceding 13 goals.

Palace’s Wayne Hennessey was the busier of the two goalkeepers in a match which had few clear-cut chances.

The Wales international saved well from Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross in the first half, while former Palace striker Glenn Murray saw a late header cleared off the line.

Palace’s best chance came early in the game when Brighton goalkeeper Matthew Ryan made a fine double save from Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha.

Brighton slip down to 10th spot in the Premier League table while Palace remain bottom.

Reaction to Tuesday’s Premier League matches

Finally reward for Palace on the road

This was the first time in 36 years that this derby rivarly of quirk rather than geography had been played in the top flight.

Palace fans set off smoke bombs and bangers as the atmosphere crackled at the Amex, but the action on the pitch lacked the same intensity.

A largely scrappy match, which had only fleeting moments of quality, almost inevitably ended in stalemate given the caution with which it was approached.

However, Palace manager Roy Hodgson will not care one iota.

His side’s record away from Selhurst Park is abysmal but finally there is something for Palace’s players and fans to cling on to – a precious point.

Palace had already equalled the club record for the longest run of away defeats from the beginning of a top-flight campaign, first set in 1980-81.

Hodgson’s side were disciplined and organised at the Amex, however, and fully deserved their point.

Dunk oozes class at the back

Lewis Dunk’s team-mates and manager have talked up his England credentials this season and the centre-back showed his quality against Palace.

The 26-year-old read the game well, showed excellent composure on the ball and was a commanding physical presence.

Palace recalled Benteke to their starting line-up, but Dunk quickly got the measure of the Belgium international.

He also posed a threat at the other end of the pitch, with a header from a corner in the first half saved by Hennessey.

A booking for a tug on Zaha’s shirt in the second half was the only blot on the Brighton-born defender’s copybook.

Liverpool’s attacking triumvirate of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah will pose more of a test at the weekend.

However, on this form England manager Gareth Southgate could do worse than take a look at Dunk in March’s friendlies against Italy and Holland.

Man of the match – Mamadou Sakho

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What next?

Roy Hodgson returns to former club West Brom, who are also struggling near the bottom of the Premier League, on Saturday as Crystal Palace face the Baggies at The Hawthorns in a 15:00 GMT kick-off. At the same time, Brighton have another home game, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool the visitors to the Amex.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Bruno
  • 22Duffy
  • 5DunkBooked at 65mins
  • 29Suttner
  • 11Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 24Pröpper
  • 19Izquierdo MenaBooked at 48minsSubstituted forMarchat 71′minutes
  • 13GroßSubstituted forBrownat 82′minutes
  • 17MurraySubstituted forHemedat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kayal
  • 10Hemed
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 21Schelotto
  • 26Krul
  • 37Brown

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 5Tomkins
  • 12Sakho
  • 15Schlupp
  • 8Loftus-Cheek
  • 7CabayeSubstituted forMcArthurat 66′minutes
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 10Townsend
  • 17Benteke
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 6Dann
  • 18McArthur
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 26Sako
  • 42Puncheon
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
29,889

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Isaiah Brown tries a through ball, but Tomer Hemed is caught offside.

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Attempt saved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James McArthur.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed replaces Glenn Murray.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Davy Pröpper.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Joel Ward.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Andros Townsend.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Isaiah Brown replaces Pascal Groß.

Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by James Tomkins.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces José Izquierdo.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Joel Ward.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McArthur replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Markus Suttner.

Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross following a corner.

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