MX23RW : Tuesday, February 19 09:34:57
Dec 4, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Falmer Stadium
Attendance: 29,663
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion
3-1
Crystal Palace
Murray (24' pen.), Balogun (31'), Andone (45')
Duffy (28')
FT(HT: 3-0)
Milivojevic (81' pen.)

Result: Seagulls soar into top half with win over Eagles despite first-half red card

Result: Seagulls soar into top half with win over Eagles despite first-half red card
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Duffy dismissal cannot prevent Brighton moving into the Premier League's top 10.

Brighton shrugged off the dismissal of Shane Duffy to ease to a 3-1 home victory over rivals Crystal Palace.

The defender was given a straight red card for thrusting his head into Patrick van Aanholt's, with Brighton 1-0 up through Glenn Murray's penalty – but Leon Balogun and Florin Andone then found the target to secure all three points by half-time.

Although Luka Milivojevic pulled one back from the penalty spot, it did not stop Chris Hughton's team moving into the Premier League's top 10. However, Roy Hodgson's side remain only three points above the bottom three.

A clumsy challenge by James McArthur on Jose Izquierdo, as Palace struggled to clear their lines and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Milivojevic comically collided, gave the hosts a 24th-minute penalty.

Murray, who has repeatedly given Palace cause to regret his sale in 2015, calmly sent his eighth goal of the season towards the top right corner, and Brighton swiftly pursued a second.

With Murray hurt after a challenge by James Tomkins in the course of conceding a corner, near the watching referee Kevin Friend, Duffy confronted Van Aanholt – who regardless appeared to exaggerate the contact made and watched as the defender was sent off.

The injured Pascal Gross was then replaced by Balogun, and when Solly March's 31st-minute right-wing corner was headed on towards him, with his first touch the substitute struck powerfully on the turn from in front of goal, beyond Wayne Hennessey and into the back of the net.

Milivojevic threatened for Palace when, at 2-0 down, they could still have made their numerical advantage count but saw Bernardo clear his goalbound shot off the line, and defeat looked inevitable when the hosts made it 3-0 just before half-time.

In first-half added time, Bernardo sent the ball upfield and substitute Florin Andone, appearing to chase a lost cause, collected possession on the left, sprinted towards the area beyond Tomkins, cut inside on his right foot and produced an angled finished to extend the Seagulls' lead.

A quieter second half ensued, with Brighton a man down and Palace continuing to struggle in the absence of the focal point provided by a consistent orthodox striker and goalscorer — Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend were again up front.

It took until the 81st minute for Palace to get the goal they perhaps had earned, and unsurprisingly again owing to Zaha's influence.

Drawing a foul from Yves Bissouma, Zaha earned Palace a penalty, and the reliable Milivojevic powerfully finished into the bottom right corner beyond Mat Ryan to score what proved only to be a consolation.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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