Ghana's No. 1

Mac Allister earns late point for Brighton

Published on: 18 October 2020

Wilfried Zaha scored his fourth goal of the season

Substitute Alexis Mac Allister netted a 90th-minute equaliser to earn Brighton a thoroughly deserved draw against rivals Crystal Palace.

Argentine Mac Allister latched on fellow substitute Aaron Connolly's lay-off to drill home a rasping first-time finish from the edge of the area.

Palace were on the back foot for long periods, but looked like holding on for victory - having taken a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Wilfried Zaha's penalty, which turned out to be the home side's only shot on target.

The spot-kick was rather harshly awarded as Tariq Lamptey was judged to have dragged down Michy Batshuayi in the box, but replays showed there was little contact on the Palace striker.

Brighton pushed for a winner in 10 minutes of injury time but in captain Lewis Dunk's desperation to pounce on a loose ball, he caught Gary Cahill with a stud-high challenge and was sent off.

The draw moves Palace up a place to 12th, while Brighton stay 16th in the table.

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Palace punished late on

Palace came into the game showing inconsistent form, claiming victories in their opening two league games before back-to-back defeats. A draw now extends their winless run.

They defended resolutely for 89 minutes and looked like coming away with a smash-and-grab victory thanks to Zaha's penalty - but have now kept just one clean sheet in their past 13 games.

Hodgson will have been impressed by the performance of holding midfielder Jairo Riedewald, given a first start at Selhurst Park since January.

The Dutchman has struggled to show his best form since joining Palace from Ajax in 2017, but was much improved in this contest.

Deployed in front of the backline, Riedewald won possession eight times, more than any other player on the pitch, and misplaced just one of his 23 passes.

And it was his delightfully threaded through ball that led to Batshuayi thundering a finish into the roof of the net, but it was disallowed by a marginal offside decision.

Otherwise, though, Palace's lack of attacking intent meant they had to settle for a point.

Seagulls break down the Eagles… eventually

Brighton had more possession (65%), made more passes (539) and had more shots (20) at goal than their opponents, so will have mixed emotions after the game - delighted at salvaging a draw but aggrieved at not having scored more.

Graham Potter's side play attractive football, their passing is neat and crisp but attacks fall apart too often in the final third or they fail to work the goalkeeper.

Just three shots were on target, with Mac Allister's goal punishing Joel Ward's clearance, but the other two efforts from Neal Maupay were comfortable for Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to deal with.

The Seagulls finished 15th last season, seven points clear of the relegation zone, and they may be looking over their shoulders again if finishing and results do not improve.

Brighton have won just one of their opening five matches this season and will have to make do without captain Dunk for three games after he received a straight red card for a horrible challenge on Cahill.

More to follow.

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    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

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    31GuaitaBooked at 76mins2Ward8Kouyaté24Cahill27MitchellBooked at 63mins10Townsend44Riedewald18McArthurBooked at 86mins15SchluppSubstituted forBentekeat 88'minutes23BatshuayiSubstituted forMilivojevicat 83'minutes11Zaha


    3van Aanholt4Milivojevic12Sakho17Clyne19Henderson20Benteke25Eze


    1RyanBooked at 18mins4Webster5DunkBooked at 90mins33BurnSubstituted forGroßat 82'minutes2Lamptey3White8BissoumaBooked at 43mins20March14LallanaSubstituted forMac Allisterat 78'minutes11TrossardSubstituted forConnollyat 78'minutes9Maupay


    7Connolly10Mac Allister13Groß17Alzate23Steele30Bernardo34Veltman

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Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

90'+11'Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

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Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tariq Lamptey with a cross.

90'+9'Post update

Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+9'Post update

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).


Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the red card.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90'+3'Post update

Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+3'Post update

Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.

90'+3'Post update

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.

90'+2'Post update

Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).


Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Connolly.

88'Post update

Attempt blocked. Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.


Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

87'Post update

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87'Post update

Foul by Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).


James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86'Post update

Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'Post update

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

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