Conor Gallagher celebrates his goal in front of the visiting Crystal Palace fans

Conor Gallagher celebrates his goal in front of the visiting Crystal Palace fans

Joachim Andersen’s late own goal snatched a point for Brighton in an action-packed 1-1 draw with rivals Crystal Palace.

The hosts almost took the lead five minutes before half-time when Pascal Gross missed a penalty while Neal Maupay had a goal ruled out by VAR.

But it was the Eagles who went ahead in the 69th minute when Conor Gallagher got on the end of Jeffrey Schlupp’s pull-back to fire past Robert Sanchez.

Yet with three minutes remaining, Graham Potter’s side drew level after Andersen turned Maupay’s cross into his own net.

Potter was delighted with his side’s performance. He said: “I thought we were fantastic, first half especially. Can’t get much more dominant that.

“Overall, the performance and character of the team to recover from the setback of missing a penalty and conceding, to come back, really pleasing.

Marc Cucurella was a constant threat for the Seagulls
Marc Cucurella was a constant threat for the Seagulls

“I can’t be anything but pleased with how we went about our work tonight.”

While Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was equally thrilled with his side’s display. He said: “I am happy with the draw and the point we took back home.

“Brighton were really dominant but they were getting frustrated because they couldn’t create many chances and they took more risks as the game went on.

“We were patient and we defended well, and we are going back with a point.”

Did you know?

The hosts are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games and have taken eight points in that time — as many as they managed in their previous 11 top-flight fixtures

The Eagles have won just won of their last 12 Premier League away games.

Brighton have scored six goals in the final five minutes of Premier League games this season, the joint-most of any side in the division.

Gross’ penalty was the first Premier League spot-kick that Jack Butland has saved in his career.

Gross has failed to convert three of his last six Premier League penalties.

Gallagher became only the third player aged 21 or younger to be directly involved in 10 Premier League goals this season.

It was Crystal Palace’s youngest starting line-up in a Premier League game since February 2005, with an average age of 25 years and 31 days.

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