Andersen puts through own net as Brighton draw with Crystal Palace

A late own goal from Joachim Andersen salvaged a point for Brighton in an eventful encounter with Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton had a goal disallowed and a penalty saved in the first half before Conor Gallagher’s 69th-minute strike.

The Palace midfielder, who coolly slotted in Jeffrey Schlupp’s cut-back, looked to have snatched all three points for the visitors.

With three minutes left, Neal Maupay’s low cross was deflected in by Andersen.

It was a deserved equaliser for Brighton after they created numerous chances but were denied by goalkeeper Jack Butland, who was in fine form.

Butland stopped Pascal Gross from the spot in the first half, kept out Leandro Trossard following a huge error from defender Joel Ward and later tipped Jakub Moder’s effort over the bar.

Brighton’s Moder also hit the crossbar within minutes of the restart after Maupay had earlier bundled a finish over the line, only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul on Butland.

Both Maupay’s disallowed effort and the awarded penalty decision came after referee Robert Jones consulted the pitchside VAR monitor effectively.

In a frenetic few minutes before half time, Jones awarded the spot-kick when Will Hughes had his arms around Joel Veltman but Gross’ poor attempt was saved. From the resulting corner, Maupay had a high boot as he challenged Butland’s grip on the ball on the goalline.

Palace were holding on in the final minutes as Brighton pushed for a winner but the hosts had to settle for a point.

“I’m very pleased,” Butland said in his post-match interview. “For me the last couple of years have been difficult. I haven’t played as much as I would like. I left Stoke at a time in my career where I was struggling a little bit confidence wise, and I lost a little bit of that.

“It took me a while to deal with that, to swallow it. Coming to Palace has been a breath of fresh air for me: a new start, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve had to be patient, so to have a night like tonight is rewarding.

“But it’s a reminder for me that I can do that and I’m capable. I’ve been doing it in training, and nights like tonight are a reminder of what you can do.

“There’s still things to pick up on in my game, and there’s still things to work on. It’s harder to come in and be tidy and be clean when you’ve not had a run of games. Opportunities come in different shapes and sizes, and I’m just happy I’ve got them.”

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