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Brighton HAFC 1 Crystal Palace 2

How can a team have 25 attempts at goal and the opposition – your most bitter rivals –  just 3, plus 75% of the possession and still lose ?

Ask Brighton for that is what happened last night.

In a dull first half Crystal Palace scored the only goal with a clever back heel from Mateta.

The Seagulls tore into the Eagles in the second half and Joel Veltman, who had proved a more than adequate replacement as right wing back for Qadir Lamptey, levelled the score.

After that Brighton laid siege and one attack was like pinball in the penalty box as the ball zinged around and went everywhere but in the Palace net.

Then in the 4th minute of extra time Christian Benteke – never renowned for his scoring – converted a cross to give all 3 points to the visitors.

Brighton, only 4 points above Fulham, are not out of danger and next Saturday are drinking in the Last Chance Saloon at WBA.

The problems are two-fold.

One, the habitual one of failing to convert chances.

The second, the injuries to key players like Solly March, Adam Webster and Qadir Lamptey.

The news of a gradual reopening of restaurants, bars, spas hotels would not have gone down well here but there will be some long faces for a different reason after this loss.

About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts