Brighton boss Graham Potter gives his verdict on 1-1 draw at ‘intimidating’ Selhurst Park

Graham Potter felt his Brighton side merited a point at Crystal Palace – with Neal Maupay making it 1-1 with a 95th minute equaliser.

Wilfried Zaha’s penalty on his 400th appearance for the Eagles in the second minute of first-half stoppage time gave the hosts a deserved lead at the interval.

And Jordan Ayew managed to spurn a big chance to make it 2-0 in the second period.

That miss proved costly as Vicente Guaita’s poor kick was directed back forward with Maupay lobbing a first time effort over the Spaniard.

Brighton manager Potter told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football: “I don’t think it was a one-sided game. Put it this way, I thought we deserved a point more than Crystal Palace deserved a point the last time we played them when they went 2-1 up at our place. That’s football, you just keep going.

“It was a tight game, not much in it. We pushed and pushed second half, great spirit for us to keep going and it was a fantastic finish for us to get the equaliser.

“The crowd make a huge difference and Patrick’s style of play is changing from what they were doing before. But it was a hard-fought game. I didn’t think there was too much in it, even at half-time with one minute to go when they got the penalty.

“We kept going and we’re happy with the point.

“We weren’t fantastic in the first half but not terrible either. We just weren’t as good as we’d have liked. We struggled in the build up to progress the ball as much as we’d like. Danny [Welback] had an opportunity and was unlucky not to put his finish away.

Palace’s penalty came after Leandro Trossard barged Conor Gallagher over. But some of Brighton’s players felt there was a foul shortly before that by Joel Ward on Welbeck.

Potter said: “It’s a full-blooded challenge. I think he takes the ball. In the current climate, there’s not too much to say. It didn’t look the best of challenges, but it is what it is.”

There were some feisty scenes at the full-time whistle.

Asked if it was intimidating coming off the pitch, Potter replied: “But that’s how it is here. With the goal going in at that time there is emotion and passion, which you’d expect. There wasn’t a massive amount of security there. It’s a little bit intimidating. Everyone is okay.”

 


 

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