Mac Allister rescues deserved Brighton point in derby

Alexis Mac Allister’s superb 90th-minute strike rescued a deserved draw for 10-man Brighton as they drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace in the M23 derby.

Graham Potter’s side were dominant in possession (65.6 per cent) and shots (19), but it was Crystal Palace who took the lead with their only shot of the game.

Wilfried Zaha (19) slotted home from the spot – his seventh goal against Brighton, the most he has scored versus one opponent – after Tariq Lamptey was penalised for a foul on Michy Batshuayi, although replays suggested there was minimal contact with no VAR review used.

Brighton had a string of chances to level things up and looked to be heading for a third successive Premier League defeat until Mac Allister powered a sensational effort home from the edge of the area on the stroke of 90 minutes. However, their afternoon ended on a sour note when Lewis Dunk was sent off in the fourth of seven added minutes for a two-footed challenge on Gary Cahill.

But Brighton were able to see the game out for a much-deserved point, but the result does keep them in 16th place. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, move up one place into 12th.

More to follow…

What’s next?

It’s a short trip for Crystal Palace next weekend when they take on Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). Brighton host West Brom on Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 5.30pm).

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