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Crystal Palace player ratings v Brighton: Jack Butland’s heroism in vain after Joachim Andersen clash

Butland, who was badly at fault for Millwall’s FA Cup goal last weekend, bounced back nicely saving a poor penalty from Pascal Gross.

Moments later, the hosts had a goal ruled out after a VAR review showed Neal Maupay knocked the ball out of Butland’s hands before finishing.

It was a familiar story, Brighton were dominating but couldn’t make it count. Palace did not improve much after the break, with Jakub Moder hitting the bar from Gross’ reduction.

But it was the Eagles who stunned their hosts at the break. Having barely had a kick in Brighton’s half, those in yellow crossed with Ward at the heart of the move. The full-back eventually found Jeffrey Schlupp who managed to cut Gallagher down to touch and smash home.

Palace thought they pulled off another smash and grab on this ground, but a game between these two teams is nothing without a late goal and this time it came courtesy of Andersen – from the wrong end.

The Danish defender had impressed but stretched his leg to block a cross from Neal Maupay and pushed the ball between the legs of his own keeper.

Here’s how Jack Rosser rated Crystal Palace…

Superb save to deny Trossard then a decisive penalty save – his first in the Premier League. Couldn’t do anything against Andersen shoving the ball between his legs.

Recovered from a mediocre early header, defended well and became a dynamic and creative midfielder for a while in the build-up to the goal.


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