Crystal Palace player ratings vs Brighton: Gallagher steals the show as Zaha haunts rivals again

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Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher shone for Crystal Palace against Brighton  (Action Images via Reuters)
Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher shone for Crystal Palace against Brighton (Action Images via Reuters)

Neal Maupay’s last-gasp equaliser denied Crystal Palace an impressive win over rivals Brighton.

The hosts dominated the first half but looked to be lacking a real threat. Odsonne Edouard, making his full debut for Palace, sent a tame effort straight at Robert Sanchez from the edge of the box, while the Brighton goalkeeper was also equal to Wilfried Zaha’s deflected shot at the near post.

It looked as if Palace were going to waste their control over the opening 45 minutes until, in stoppage time, Conor Gallagher charged into the box and was brought down by Leandro Trossard. Zaha stepped up over captain Luka Milivojevic and sent Sanchez the wrong way to take his career tally against Brighton to eight goals.

Palace continued to control the game after the break and should have doubled their lead with 15 minutes to go when substitute Christian Benteke sent Jordan Ayew one-on-one down the right but he fired into the side netting - a chance Palace would go on to rue.

Brighton finally managed a spell of pressure for the final period and claimed a leveller in the last minute of five added on.

Joel Veltman sent the ball straight back over the top of Palace’s defence from Vicente Guaita’s kick and Maupay clipped a fine lob over the Spaniard.

Here is how Jack Rosser rated the Crystal Palace players...

Vicente Guaita 5

Had little to do but put his defence in a huge hole at the end with a poor kick finding Veltman, who teed up the goal.

Joel Ward 7

Kept Brighton’s right side quiet all night long and looked to help Ayew going forward, too. Solid performance.

Joachim Andersen 7

Looks a fine addition to the squad and was a calm and composed presence at the back throughout.

Marc Guehi 7

Another brilliant signing at the back. Forming a good partnership with Andersen and always keen to get Palace going from defence.

Tyrick Mitchell 6

Industrious performance and always keen to make an impact going forward, just needs to work on end product.

Luka Milivojevic 7

Solid showing on his first start of the season. Ensured Palace took hold of midfield and retained control.

James McArthur 7

Mr Reliable in the middle. Does the dirty work to allow those alongside and around him to flourish.

Conor Gallagher 8

Simply tireless. Sets the tone for this new-look Palace side and challenges others to follow his lead. Controlled the game from start to finish.

Jordan Ayew 6

Never stopped working when Palace were off the ball and tried to make things happen on it, but fluffed his lines with his best chance in the second half.

Wilfried Zaha 7

Loves this fixture. Zaha was a constant menace down the left-hand side and tucked away his penalty with confidence and composure.

Odsonne Edouard 6

Subdued showing on his full debut for the club. Sent a soft effort at Sanchez but always looked to move the ball quickly going forward.

Substitutes

Chrsitian Benteke 7

Contributed more than Edouard had done in an hour within his first five minutes on the pitch. Should have had an assist after a fine ball through to Ayew.

Cheikhou Kouyate 6

Kept things tight in the middle following his introduction but maybe could have been more physical with Maupay for his leveller.

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