Patrick Vieira hails ‘good character’ Jack Butland after Crystal Palace heroics during Brighton draw

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  • Jack Butland
    Jack Butland
    English association football player
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    French association football manager and former player
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Patrick Vieira hailed Jack Butland after his first half heroics in Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw with rivals Brighton.

The former England goalkeeper, making just his fourth Premier League start for the Eagles, made a fine stop from Leandro Trossard when the Seagulls midfielder had been let through one-on-one before saving his first ever penalty in the top flight from Pascal Gross.

Conor Gallagher looked to have snatched a shock win from a dominant Brighton side before Joachim Andersen’s late own goal, which Butland could do nothing to prevent.

Butland’s performance perhaps deserved more than a point but the Palace boss was full of praise.

"Jack is a real professional," said Vieira.

"He is a positive professional. He has been frustrated not playing but he never complained or showed it, he kept working hard and when forwards want to do finishing he is the first to put his hand up. He is a really good character in the dressing room.

"I am really pleased he had that game and performance because all the work he has been doing paid off today."

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