Brighton boss Hughton frustrated with Crystal Palace defeat: 2 equalising chances


They have won just one of their last 19 league games, with that victory coming at bottom side West Brom in early February.

All of the Eagles' victories this season have seen no more than three goals scored.

Albion continued to press in the final ten minutes and forced two great stops from Hennessey, with the Palace 'keeper pushing Anthony Knockaert's cross to safety and getting to his feet to stop Dale Stephen's follow-up shot from outside the box.

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"It is a huge frustration because all three goals are avoidable".

Wilfried Zaha netted either side of a James Tomkins goal to put Palace in control, and although Glenn Murray and Joze Izquierdo got on the scoresheet for the Seagulls, they could not force an equaliser in the second half. The fireworks never quite materialised in a 0-0 league draw at the Amex Stadium last November and were certainly lacking when both sides fielded weakened teams for Brighton's 2-1 win in an FA Cup third-round tie in January, even if ex-Palace player Glenn Murray did raise questions over why VAR was not used on its debut as he got the hosts' late victor.

Christian Eriksen reduced the arrears in fortunate circumstances, his initial shot blocked by Aymeric Laporte before deflecting back off the Dane and past the stranded Ederson, with Sterling adding the third in the second half. It's going to be a very different bench on Saturday to the benches we have had over the last two or three months.

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"But we will need a huge amount of that on Tuesday because we know the quality of the side we are up against".

The opening stages of the second half passed by without incident but shortly after the hour mark, the Seagulls came close to equalising when Murray met a cross at the back post but his volley across goal just missed the far post.

Hughton went on add his support for Gaetan Bong after Jay Rodriguez's charge of discriminatory misconduct was found not proven by the FA. I'm very conscious of what this game means to supporters of both clubs.

As a player Hughton was used to intimidating derby atmospheres, spending most of his career with Tottenham and regularly locking horns with their north London foes Arsenal.

"I think the FA conducted the process very, very well".

"The wording in the statement is also a true reflection of Gaetan's position - not proven - and I think we move on".