Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says all three Crystal Palace goals avoidable

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says all three Crystal Palace goals avoidable

Crystal Palace ended a run of four top-flight home games without a victory (D1 L3), netting three goals in a league game at Selhurst Park for the first time since May 2017 (4-0 v Hull).

To the outsider, Crystal Palace against Brighton, some 43 miles apart, may appear to one of football's more contrived derbies.

"It's about responsibility at set plays - you can have clever movement from players in the box, but it's about making sure you adjust to that and take responsibility".

All five goals came amid a frenzied first half as Wilfried Zaha's brace either side of James Tomkins' second goal in three matches secured a much-needed first home win in four attempts.

Palace were soon back in the ascendancy and by the 24th minute, the Londoners had netted their third of the match as Zaha beat his marker at the back post to head into the bottom corner from Milivojevic's pinpoint cross from a central position.

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Over the intervening years there have been countless more incidents to keep the fires burning - whether it be the regular crowd trouble, one game bizarrely containing five penalties - a lot of them missed - and a pile of human excrement reportedly being left on the Palace dressing-room floor before their Wilfried Zaha-inspired 2-0 play-off victory en route to Wembley and the Premier League in 2013.

Crystal Palace moved six points clear of the relegation zone with victory over Brighton, Huddersfield also boosted their survival chances with a 1-0 win against Watford and Everton were held to a 1-1 draw by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

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"Options up front are a nice problem to have". They all have their players that can have a big influence, but he's really developed as a player in the last few seasons.

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'It would be a nice one not to lose, ' said Seagulls boss Hughton.

This game saw five first-half goals, the most in any Premier League game this season.

In Saturday's late games, Liverpool hosts Bournemouth and runaway leader Manchester City is at Tottenham.

The defeat leaves Mark Hughes without a point in his three league games in charge and the FA Cup semi-finalists are now five points from safety in 18th spot. The events use footballers past and present to help highlight issues about racism in social society.

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