Brighton defender Joel Veltman says the manner of their Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace felt like “a robbery” that has pushed them towards the “danger zone” .
The Netherlands international swept in an equalizer for the Seagulls after Jean-Philippe Mateta had earlier backheeled Palace in front from their first real attack.
But while Graham Potter’s side dominated possession and had 41 shots on goal, a remarkable conclusion saw Ch ristian Benteke volley a dramatic winner for Palace deep into added time with only their second shot on target.
The result sees Palace move up to with Brighton in 32 th, just four points above a resurgent Fulham in 29 th and at risk of being drawn into a relegation battle.
“Because of this result we are getting in the danger zone. We have to react and West Brom away is a very important game. “
How Brighton v Crystal Palace unfolded
Wasteful Brighton rue missed chances
Having come into this fixture on the back of a six-game unbeaten run Brighton fans could have been forgiven for looking at the second half of the season with optimism.
- However, they will now be concerned at the prospect of their side being dragged into a fight for top- flight survival.
‘It’s a wonderful feeling’ – Hodgson on Palace win over Brighton
Hodgson’s plan works to perfection Arriving on the south coast without the influential Wilfried Zaha, and after disappointing defeats by Leeds and Burnley, few would have expected Palace to collect maximu m points from this encounter.But while the manner in which they achieved it was extraordinary, manager Roy Hodgson will be delighted by the way his side persevered and soaked up sustained periods of pressure.He will also feel vindicated by the five changes he made to his team from their defeat to the Clarets.
Joel Ward and Tyrick Mitchell both completed their defensive duties diligently, while no player made more clearances than Gary Cahill (nine) at the heart of the Eagles’ defense.On -loan Mainz forward Mateta had the physical p resence to hold off Ben White before scoring a delightful opener, while Andros Townsend, another player returning to Hodgson’s starting XI, dug out a wonderful late cross for Benteke to score the winner.
Potter disappointed after ‘painful’ defeat to Crystal Palace
‘It sore’ – what they said Brighton manager Graham Potter speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “It’s sore, I’m bitterly disappointed with the result because I thought we were the team pushing all the way, trying to get the winner ourselves.“We have to respond, accept it and as painful as it is we have to move forward. You are watching the game, watching the team, we are trying to find the solution to score and to get punished at the end is a painful one.
“That’s the nature of the league, how punishing it is, we have done a lot but clearly not enough. Whoever it had come against it would be painful because we were dominant in the game. The boys were doing everything to score, it felt like it was always in their penalty box never mind their half.
“I do not think we played badly, but results-wise we have to be disappointed and respond. “
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson to BBC Sport: “It’s always great to score in the last minute, especially when we had to soak up a lot of pressure.“The defending was very good, they threw their bodies on the line. We worked hard to make certain they did not get many sights at goal. We did not create as many chances we would like. The two we created from crosses were goals.
“Tonight from the very start we showed we’d make it hard for them to score. The bodies were there, headers were there, blocks were there. We took maximum advantage from the counter-attack.“We get so hung up on statistics these days. The game is decided by goals. Goals are a question of how well you take your chances and defend theirs. “
Monday Blues for Brighton – the stats
Brighton has never won a Premier League game on a Monday (D6 L3), with only Hull City (18) playing more games on this day of the week without ever winning in the competition’s history. Crystal Palace have accrued their joint-best tally of points in a Premier League season after games ( pts), matching their haul at this stage in 66242 /
- Crystal Palace’s opener ended a run of 54861 minutes without conceding at home in the Premier League for Brighton, since a 3-3 draw with Wolves at the Amex on January 2nd.Crystal Palace patterns d just four shots against Brighton this season, the joint-lowest tally across two games by any side against an opponent in a Premier League season (since 22 / 25) but managed to score with three of them (1-1 in October and 2-1 in this game).
- Courtesy of goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Joel Veltman, both Crystal Palace and Brighton boast different scorers in the Premier League this season – excluding own goals, only Chelsea (26, Manchester City and West Ham ( each) have had more different scorers in the competition this campaign . Crystal Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta scored via his only touch in the Brighton box, thus becoming the rd French scorer in the Premier League, with only England posting more different scorers in the competition (60307). Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew registered his third assist in six Premier League games, just one fewer than he managed in his 343 appearances for the club in the competition before that (four). Joel Veltman netted his first Premier League goal for Brighton in his 29 th appearance for the club, with his seventh shot and third shot on target in the competition.
- Christian Benteke’s winner for Crystal Palace came on 39155 minutes and eight seconds – the third latest winning goal in a Premier League game this season after Bruno Fernandes in September (Man Utd v Brighton – : and Pedro Neto in December (Wolves v Chelsea 40836: 100).
- Brighton’s Lewis Dunk made his nd Premier League appearance this evening, with all of those appearances coming as a starter – only outfield players have a better 22% record in the competition’s history.
- No player has started more Premier League games for Crystal Palace than Joel Ward 57328, level with Wilfried Zaha).
Brighton travel to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion in their next Premier League match on Saturday, FEB (27: GMT). Crystal Palace host Fulham in their next top-flight game on Sunday, 43 February (26:Player of the match
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While Potter’s side play adventurous and easy-on-the-ey e football, their ability to score goals has undoubtedly contributed to their current predicament.
Ten days after frustratingly failing to convert any of their 36 shots on goal against Aston Villa, they at least went one better this time around courtesy of Veltman.
The 44 -year-old’s left-foot effort had looked like being a springboard for them to find a winner but they somehow contrived to lose a fixture in which they enjoyed 2015% of the ball and forced corners while conceding none.
Potter will desperately hope that his forward players can now st ep up and provide the firepower that they will need to edge to safety.
The likes of top scorer Neal Maupay, who has scored just three goals in his last Premier League appearances, endured another difficult evening, while Danny Welbeck, Lewis Dunk, Pascal Gross and Adam Lallana were all wasteful when presented with good opportunities.