Substitute Alexis Mac Allister scored his first Premier League goal to secure Brighton and Hove Albion a deserved point in a 1-1 draw away at Crystal Palace.

It almost looked like an all too familiar result for Graham Potter's Brighton side as the game edged closer to another loss, but a 90th minute Mac Allister shot grab them a well deserved point.

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Brighton started the game confidently, having the lion's share of possession and looking the more likely to break the deadlock. But it was Palace's first real opportunity that resulted in a goal.

Andros Townsend swung in a speculative cross to the back post towards Michy Batshuatyi, but the Belgium was dragged down by Tariq Lamptey and Stuart Attwell pointed to spot. Up stepped Wilfred Zaha, who calmly slotted the ball past Mathew Ryan, to take his tally to seven goals against Gulls.

At the start of the second half, Palace had the ball in the back of the net, but Batshuayi's goal was deemed to be offside after a beautifully threaded through ball from Jairo Riedewald.

Neal Maupay really should have made it one-all moments later, but his decision to over play in the box gave the Palace defenders a chance to get back and block his shot.

But it was substitute Mac Allister who came to the Seasiders' rescue in the 90th minute, his first time shot flew past Guaita into the bottom corner, giving the away side a well deserved goal.

As Brighton looked to try and grab a winner, captain Lewis Dunk's challenge on Gary Cahill saw him sent off for a two-footed challenge in the Palace box.

Brighton will leave London feeling like they could have had all three points, but given the run of form they have been on, they will be happy with a point.

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Talking point

Adam Lallana shows his quality. The Englishman is being used sparingly by Graham Potter, but today he showed his quality. Much of Brighton's play came through him and he showed glimpses of exactly why the South Coast side were so keen to sign him.

Man of the match

Alexis Mac Allister. The substitute grabbed a vital goal for his side and proved how effective he can be coming off from the bench. His first-time shot meant that Brighton left Selhurst Park with a point after playing some impressive football.

Player ratings

Crystal Palace: V. Guaita (6), J. Ward (6), C. Kouyaté (6), T Cahill (6), T. Mitchell (7), A. Townsend (6), J. McArthur (6), J Schlupp (6), J Riedewald (6), W Zaha (6), M Batshuayi (6). Subs: (83) L Milivojevic (N/A), (88) C Benteke (N/A)

Brighton & Hove Albion: M Ryan (6), B White (6), L Dunk (5), A Webster (6), T Lamptey (6), Y Bissouma (6), A Lallana (7), D Burn (6), L Trossard (6), S March (7), N Maupay (7). Subs: (78 ) A Connolly (6), (78) A Mac Allister (8), (82) P Gros (N/A)

Neal Maupay of Brighton and Hove Albion is challenged by Tyrick Mitchell of Crystal Palace

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Key moments

16' - Penalty! From the first cross into the box from Townsend, Lamptey is clumsy and brings Michy Batshuayi down inside the box. Stuart Attwell points to the spot.

19' - Goal! Wilfred Zaha steps up and slots the ball past Mathew Ryan.

52' - Offside! Brilliant finish from Michy Batshuayi after a wonderful through ball from Jairo Riedewald. But the striker leaning into an offside position. The game is still evenly poised at 1-0.

90' - Goal! Brighton finally find their equaliser through Alexis Mac Allister. Neal Maupay looks to find Aaron Connolly, but ends up at the feet of Alexis Mac Allister, who's first time shot goes into the bottom corner past Vincente Guaita.

90'+4 - And it's a red card for Lewis Dunk. His two footed challenge on Gary Cahill leaves Stuart Attwell no choice but to show a straight red.

Key stats

  • Since Opta began recording full shot data for the Premier League in 2003-04, Crystal Palace are the first team to have just one shot in a match in the competition and that shot be a penalty
  • Wilfried Zaha has scored more goals against Brighton in all competitions than he has versus any other opponent (7)
  • Players from Ivory Coast have scored 25 of their 28 Premier League penalties to date (89%), boasting the highest conversion rate of any nationality from the spot in the competition’s history (min. 5 taken), with only Drogba, Dindane & Bony missing from 12 yards.
  • Brighton attempted 19 more shots than Crystal Palace; their highest positive shot differential in a single Premier League match
  • Crystal Palace have failed to win any of their last seven Premier League games on Sunday (D4 L3), since beating Bournemouth 5-3 in May 2019
  • Brighton’s Lewis Dunk was sent off for the second time in his Premier League career and for the first time since December 2018 versus Bournemouth.

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