Alexis Mac Allister scores first-ever Premier League goal in frantic finale with Lewis Dunk also seeing red as Brighton draw at Crystal Palace
late drama


By talkSPORT

18th October 2020,
4:02 pm

Updated: 18th October 2020,
5:13 pm

Brighton left it late to secure a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday with substitute Alexis Mac Allister grabbing his first-ever Premier League goal at Selhurst Park.

Wilfried Zaha’s first-half penalty looked to be enough to secure the hosts all three points in the M23 derby, before the late drama unfolded in south London.

Mac Allister left it late to grab a point for the Seagulls

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Mac Allister left it late to grab a point for the Seagulls

Lewis Dunk later deservedly saw red for the visitors after a rash challenge on Gary Cahill as Graham Potter’s men searched for a last-gasp winner, but to no avail.

In the opening stages Tariq Lamptey was adjudged to have pulled down Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi in the box, with Zaha keeping his cool to send goalkeeper Mat Ryan the wrong way from the spot on 19 minutes.

The goal was Palace’s only meaningful foray forward of a drab opening period in which Albion trio Adam Lallana, Yves Bissouma and Ben White each lashed wide at the other end.

In between those opportunities, Batshuayi had a strike chalked off for offside, although Palace opportunities were almost non-existent.

Zaha scored a first-half penalty for the Eagles

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Zaha scored a first-half penalty for the Eagles

Brighton remained the more threatening after the restart and top scorer Neal Maupay was twice denied early in the second period.

The Frenchman’s deflected shot on the turn was kept out on the line by Eagles goalkeeper Vicente Guaita before he wasted a golden chance to level by delaying his shot and being blocked by Joel Ward having been slipped in by Lallana.

A battling display from the Seagulls was rewarded in second half stoppage time, as Mac Allister found the net via a deflected effort inside a crowded Palace penalty box.

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