- Albion beat Crystal Palace 2-1
- Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert on target
- Luka Milivojevic equalises from the spot for Palace
- The Seagulls move eight points clear of the bottom three
Brighton & Hove Albion claimed their first Premier League double over Crystal Palace after a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park.
Glenn Murray’s 100th Albion league goal and Anthony Knockaert’s stunning strike either side of Luka Milivojevic’s penalty secured a memorable win, which moved Chris Hughton’s men eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Hughton initially made one change to the side that beat Huddersfield Town the previous Saturday, as Florin Andone replaced Murray. But the Romanian injured himself in the warm-up, and Murray came back into the side.
Michy Batshuayi had the first chance of the game for Palace, but his deflected shot from the edge of the box was comfortably saved by Maty Ryan in a cagey opening quarter of an hour.
The Seagulls broke the deadlock in the 19th minute, courtesy of Murray’s 100th league goal for the Albion. The frontman capitalised on a slip from James Tomkins and fired in a superb right-footed strike into the bottom corner past the outstretched Vicente Guaita.
Hughton’s men had a strong claim for a penalty turned down moments later when Shane Duffy went down under the challenge of Scott Dann in the box, but referee Craig Pawson waved on play.
Palace had a spell of pressure around the Albion box, after James McArthur’s cross ricocheted into Wilfried Zaha’s pass, but the winger’s shot was brilliantly blocked by Lewis Dunk.
Ryan and Bernardo then had to be alert to clear away the resulting corner, before Jeffrey Schlupp turned and shot wide from the subsequent ball back into the box.
Batshuayi had an opportunity to restore parity to the scoreline following a one-two with Schlupp, but the Belgian was thwarted by Dunk’s fine challenge.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh had the first chance after the re-start when he drove into space on the edge of the box, but his right-footed strike was easily saved by Guaita.
But the scores were level in the 50th minute when Davy Propper was penalised for a challenge on Andros Townsend inside the box, and Milivojevic sent Ryan the wrong away from the subsequent penalty.
Townsend then took advantage of a lapse in the Albion defence, but saw his curling drive sail over the crossbar.
Zaha found Milivojevic in space on the edge of the box, but the Palace goalscorer’s shot went harmlessly wide.
Albion re-took the lead in emphatic fashion through Knockaert, who with his last touch of the game, cut in off the right and saw his fantastic left-footed strike clip in off the post. The Frenchman was then replaced by Solly March for the final quarter of an hour.
Jahanbakhsh almost made a trio of fantastic Albion goals with a looping right-footed attempt from distance that just cleared the target.
There was still time for one more Palace chance, as Schlupp reacted to a loose ball inside the box, but his volley went over the bar and Albion secured three crucial points against the Eagles.
ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Propper, Bissouma; Knockaert (March 75), Murray, Jahanbakhsh (Locadia 90+4).
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Burn, Bong, Kayal, Izquierdo.