Brighton 4-1 Crystal Palace: Pressure mounts on Roy Hodgson’s board as Eagles beat rivals |  Football News

Brighton 4-1 Crystal Palace: Pressure mounts on Roy Hodgson’s board as Eagles beat rivals | Football News

Free match report and highlights as Brighton crush Crystal Palace 4-1; Lewis Dunk, Jack Hinshelwood and Facundo Buonanotte scored in the first half; Jean-Philippe Mateta pulled a goal back but Joao Pedro added a fourth; Michael Olise was injured for the Eagles, whose fans protested the scoreboard

Author Joe Shread, @JoeShreadSky


18:26, UK, Saturday 03 February 2024

Brighton blew past Crystal Palace with a superb first-half performance as they ran out 4-1 winners against their opponents, with their supporters turning the tables on the team.

It was a miserable afternoon on the south coast for Palace, who were without the injured Eberechi Eze, as Michael Olise retired minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute.

The game was over by then thanks to an opening half from the Seagulls, which saw Lewis Dunk head in the opening goal.

Two goals in two minutes from Jack Hinshelwood and Facundo Buonanotte stunned the visitors, whose fans responded by unfurling banners against Steve Parish and the rest of the team.

Jean-Phillipe Mateta’s header pulled a goal back for Palace, but Joao Pedro’s brilliant strike in the final minutes was the way to go for many of the away fans. Whether they are under pressure from Roy Hodgson is yet to be seen.

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Player ratings

Brighton: Verbruggen (7), Van Hecke (7), Dunk (8), Igor (7), Hinshelwood (8), Gilmour (7), Gross (8), Lamptey (8), Buonanotte (8), Ferguson (7) , Pedro (8).

Subscribers: Welbeck (7), Baleba (6), Estupinan (6), Fati (n/a), Lallana (n/a).

Crystal Palace: Henderson (5), Munoz (5), Andersen (5), Guehi (6), Mitchell (5), Lerma (6), Richards (5), Hughes (6), Ayew (6), Mateta (7), No (6).

Subscribers: Wharton (4), Olise (n/a), Franca (6), Edouard (6), Ahamada (6).

Sportsman: Pascal Gross

How Palace’s trip to the south coast turned ugly



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Jack Hinshelwood celebrates with Lewis Duink after scoring Brighton’s second goal against Crystal Palace

Palace may have been the Premier League’s biggest spenders in the January window, but it took less than 45 minutes for the spectacle of last month’s 5-0 thrashing of Arsenal to be replicated at the Amex.

Daniel Munoz and Adam Wharton, the Eagles’ mid-season signings, both endured tough times, while Palace fans appeared to be angry with the players when they were regularly questioned.

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  • Brighton made four changes after the defeat at Luton last time out, with Bart Verbruggen, Jack Hinshelwood, Tariq Lamptey and Evan Ferguson replacing Jason Steele, James Milner, Pervis Estupinan and Danny Welbeck.
  • Crystal Palace were forced into two changes, with Eberechi Eze sent off and Michael Olise fit on the bench – where he joined Adam Wharton – meaning Jeffrey Schlupp and debutant Daniel Munoz came into the starting XI.

It made for a bad afternoon for Hodgson’s side, who found themselves behind less than two minutes later when Dunk nodded in Pascal Gross’s corner.

Jack Hinshelwood then headed home from distance after Tariq Lamptey had again beaten Munoz, before Wharton lost the ball on the edge of the box to allow Buonanotte to kneel for a third moments later.

Hodgson – who had already lost captain Marc Guehi to injury in the first half – called on Olise at half-time to save the game.

Speaking about Olise’s return last month, Hodgson spoke of the difficulties in managing his star’s return amid the advice of his medical team, saying he could not manage his team “scientifically”.

Unfortunately for Hodgson, his decision backfired, as Olise asked to be substituted less than 10 minutes after coming off with an apparent injury.

Perhaps it was too easy for Brighton, who didn’t get out of second gear for much of the second half and were finally punished for their carelessness when Mateta headed in Joachim Andersen’s cross.

However, Pedro roused his team-mates from their slumber after a brilliant run by Danny Welbeck, finding the bottom corner and ensuring Brighton responded well to their defeat at Luton in midweek to move up to seventh, while Palace are 14th. only five points above the relegation zone.

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Analysis: Where do Palace go from here?



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Roy Hodgson did as his side suffered a heavy defeat at the Amex Stadium

Sky Sports’ Joe Shread at the Amex Stadium:

Crystal Palace is at a crossroads. For a long time, the stability of the center, combined with the production of exciting young players, has been enough for the people of south London.

This great stability has been provided by Steve Parish, whose support helped to get the club out of the Championship, and Roy Hodgson, who has done so much in two months to keep the Eagles in the Premier League.

But now most of the followers want more. Shorn of Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise for a long time, Palace dropped to five points above the relegation zone, winning only two of their last 14 games.

Hodgson’s side have scored nine goals in their last two games, both of which fans have turned to Parish and the board.

The January trade of Adam Wharton and Daniel Munoz seems to have failed to impress. With Hodgson aged 76 and under contract until the end of the season, a change in the game is imminent.

But then what? Palace have had a disastrous 12th place in the past five seasons and have been without three of their best players – Eze, Olise and Cheikh Doucoure – for key parts of the campaign.

Is it okay to ask them to accomplish more than they already do? Palace supporters may want to be careful what they wish for.

‘It’s a dangerous atmosphere in the Palace’

Michael Dawson speaking on Football Saturday:

“There were signs and protests. ‘Parish and co, time to go’ was one banner. At the end, you could see the frustration of the fans. Andersen goes and fights it.

“It wasn’t pretty at the end. It’s doom and gloom at Palace because without Olise and Eze, they’re in a bit of trouble.

“Poison? Too much. I don’t hear, I see. The followers were trying to get on the platform, there were barriers and they stood there.

“Andersen, the captain because Guehi left, he experienced it. Paddy McCarthy, the coach, went there. You can hear the arguments and arguments between the fans and they are not really happy.”

What’s next?

Brighton’s next game is on Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday; from 3 pm.

Then the Seagull goes to Sheffield United on February 18, continue Super Sunday; from 2 pm.

Crystal Palace the following are doing at home Chelsea in the Premier League on February 12, go ahead Monday Night Football; from 8 pm.

Monday 12 February 6:30pm

It starts at 8:00 pm

Then the Eagles go for it Everton on February 19, continue Monday Night Football; from 8 pm.

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