Tau's Brighton handed derby defeat

English Premier League

Christian Benteke smashed home a volley in the dying stages of the second half as Crystal Palace edged Percy Tau's Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 on Monday evening.

Brighton manager Graham Potter named an unchanged line-up, with Tau having to settle for a place on the bench once again while Palace made five alterations, with Joel Ward, Gary Cahill, Tyric Mitchell, Andros Townsend and Jean-Philippe Mateta all coming to the fore.

The hosts had a bright start, putting Roy Hodgson's charges under all sorts of pressure but they were not taking their chances and they paid the price when Mateta cheekily back-heeled a cut-back from Jordan Ayew in between the legs of goalkeeper Robert Sanchez at the near post on 28 minutes.

Potter's men were probing in the closing phase of the first stanza, keeping Palace in their own half but they lacked the final product and went to the brek trailing by an odd goal.

Brighton came back from the break with a better purpose in their play, which resulted in the equaliser as Joel Veltman levelled matters ten minutes inside the second stanza with a low smashing effort inside the box after a loose ball fell into his path.

Adam Lallana had a big chance to snatch the winner for the Seagulls in the last 20 minutes after receiving a low cross unmarked inside the box bute blasted his strike over the bar, just minutes after he passed up another strike from just inside the box.

With the game was on the edge in the closing phase, Benteke got the clinching goal for Palace deep in stoppage time with a volley at the back post after a cross by Townsend to send Palace up to 13th on the log while Brighton remain only four points clear of the drop zone in 16th place.

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