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FIVE THINGS: CRYSTAL PALACE

29 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray looks to find space inside Crystal Palace's penalty area.

Brighton & Hove Albion shared a goalless draw with Crystal Palace at the Amex last night, and here are five things we learned from the first top-flight meeting between the sides since 1981.

Corner Chaos

The Seagulls forced ten corners throughout the game, double the amount that Palace had, and Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray both had headed efforts saved and cleared on the line respectively. Dunk leaped to bullet a header straight into the hands of Wayne Hennessey from Pascal Gross's corner, before Glenn Murray's second-half header from Anthony Knockaert's inswinging delivery was blocked by Andros Townsend.
 
Home Comforts
 
Another positive to take from the performance is that Albion are now unbeaten at home since the first day of the season against Manchester City. The Seagulls have continued to pick up points this season at home and despite having drawn their last four matches on the south coast, Chris Hughton's team are still producing positive performances.
 
Defensive Duty
 
Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy both put in performances to be proud of on Tuesday night. Going up against an in-form Wilfred Zaha and the dangerous Christian Benteke is difficult at the best of times - however, Dunk and Duffy were up for the challenge. Duffy was on hand to clear a powerful Ruben Loftus-Cheek effort, while Dunk made several blocks and tackles throughtout. The clean sheet is Brighton's fifth in the league this season after just 14 games - not bad for a newly-promoted side.
 
No Double Trouble
 
Matt Ryan made an excellent double save in the first 15 minutes of the match. He first denied Christian Benteke from breaking the deadlock and then quickly got up to parry Wilfried Zaha's follow-up. The Australian international repeated his heroics from Old Trafford, where again he showed his incredible reflexes. Ryan was also very commanding in his area to ease the pressure on Albion's defence.
 
Off the Markus
 
Markus Suttner was drafted in for the injured Gaetan Bong and was instrumental in the Seagulls keeping their fifth clean sheet of the season. The Austrian defender had missed the last five matches but didn’t show any sign of rustiness. Andros Townsend can be particularly dangerous at times but Suttner kept him quiet for most of the game. The 30-year-old could prove vital competition at left-back going into the busy winter schedule.


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