Butland saves penalty as Brighton snatch late draw


A late equaliser for Brighton & Hove Albion denied Palace all three points at the Amex, after Pascal Gross’ missed penalty and Conor Gallagher’s excellent finish had put the Eagles ahead.

For the second time in seven days it was a hostile atmosphere that met Palace as they emerged into a chilly south coast evening, punctuated only by a wall of noise from the travelling fans away to one side.

Both sides have looked comfortable on the ball this season, and in the early periods it showed. Brighton were the more coherent side early on, but Palace’s presence on the counter-attack meant there was no chance to relax.

Dominating the possession, the hosts were the first to breach two tightly packed defensive lines. Slipped in by Marc Cucurella, Leandro Trossard raced in on goal; Jack Butland stood tall to block his close-range effort and keep the scores level.

Brighton were buoyed, and set about peppering the Palace area with cross after cross, but nothing came close to troubling the Eagles’ back-four.

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