Odsonne Edouard heads wide

Patrick Vieira says his Crystal Palace side need to change their “mindset” to end their 11-game winless run that has dragged them towards a relegation battle.

Palace have managed just four goals since the turn of the year and only fellow strugglers Everton, Wolves and Southampton have scored less than the Eagles’ 21 goals this term.

A third consecutive 1-0 defeat, on Wednesday against a Brighton side chasing European football, followed a frustratingly familiar pattern for Vieira with his side spurning three good chances to take control of the game in the opening 10 minutes and missing two gilt-edged chances to level.

“We were aggressive enough but with a lack of talent at times, killer instinct and ruthlessness to put the ball in the net,” said Vieira.

“The problem is we don’t score those goals and we don’t make the right decisions in the last third. It is confidence.

“We showed the character and personality and played some really good football at times. When you look at those aspects, it’s positive.

“But the most important is to score and we have to keep being positive and change our mindset, especially the front players. The players need to understand those opportunities are important.”

While Wilfried Zaha, Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise were unable to make an early breakthrough for the Eagles, Solly March’s goal proved decisive, with the winger clinically finishing into the bottom left corner from Kaoru Mitoma’s incisive pass.

Roberto de Zerbi’s side always looked the more accomplished after that and move level on 42 points with sixth-placed Liverpool, while they are six behind Tottenham in fourth, with two games in hand.

The result will only deepen concerns at Palace, who sit 12th in the table but just three points above the bottom three.

However, Vieira had few complaints about the performance of goalkeeper Joe Whitworth on his Palace debut – a memorable night for the 19-year-old as he deputised for the injured Vicente Guaita.

The teenager, who grew up as an Eagles supporter and was also a club ball boy, was given little chance by March’s unerring finish but kept his side in the game after the break by superbly saving Pervis Estupinan’s low shot and an Alexis Mac Allister header.

“There was no doubt about his confidence,” Vieira added.

“He is a confident young player who knows the club up and down. He showed he has talent.”

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Palace pay for profligacy

Having pressed and pressurised Brighton into several early mistakes, the visitors could and should have been well ahead by the time March opened the scoring in the 15th minute.

Zaha’s wriggling run through the home defence caused Seagulls goalkeeper Jason Steele to readjust hastily to prevent an opening-minute goal for the visitors.

But their was a distinct lack of conviction shown with the chances then presented to French forward Edouard – who headed wide under no pressure – and Olise’s attempt that Steele saved with the winger converging on goal.

Joachim Andersen’s tame effort and substitute Naouirou Ahamada’s late miss – dragging a shot wide with the full goal to aim at – summed up a miserable night for Palace in attack.

Brighton continue their charge

While this was far from Brighton at their brilliant best, they still got the job done in a manner that their fans have become accustomed to – by attempting to dominate possession.

A sign of the Seagulls’ progress in recent weeks can be seen by the attitude in the stands, with draws at Leeds and in the reverse fixture against Palace now viewed as dropped points.

And had they not had a goal incorrectly ruled out by VAR for offside at Selhurst Park last month, their European hopes would be even greater.

As it was, De Zerbi was able to rest Adam Webster and Evan Ferguson for the majority of the contest and still see his side eke out a valuable three points courtesy of March, who is enjoying his best goalscoring return in a season.

The 28-year-old, who also scored in last weekend’s draw at Leeds, provided a useful nudge to Gareth Southgate, who names his latest England squad on Thursday.

“Every English player wants to work towards playing for their national team,” March said.

“It would be an honour but I have to keep doing what I am doing and let’s see what happens.”

Player of the match

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with an average of 7.38
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  • Crystal PalaceCrystal PalaceCrystal Palace

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number5Player nameDunk
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  2. Squad number7Player nameMarch
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  3. Squad number22Player nameMitoma
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  4. Squad number30Player nameEstupiñán
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  5. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister
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  6. Squad number28Player nameFerguson
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  7. Squad number25Player nameCaicedo
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  8. Squad number34Player nameVeltman
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  9. Squad number13Player nameGroß
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  10. Squad number19Player nameSarmiento
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  11. Squad number20Player nameEnciso
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  12. Squad number6Player nameColwill
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  13. Squad number4Player nameWebster
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  14. Squad number23Player nameSteele
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  15. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck
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Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number41Player nameWhitworth
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  2. Squad number8Player nameSambi Lokonga
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  3. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard
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  4. Squad number7Player nameOlise
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  5. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi
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  6. Squad number16Player nameAndersen
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  7. Squad number11Player nameZaha
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  8. Squad number10Player nameEze
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  9. Squad number17Player nameClyne
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  10. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp
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  11. Squad number3Player nameMitchell
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  12. Squad number28Player nameDoucouré
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  13. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew
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  14. Squad number29Player nameAhamada
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  15. Squad number14Player nameMateta
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  • Line-ups
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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Steele
  • 34Veltman
  • 5Dunk
  • 6Colwill
  • 30Estupiñán
  • 13Groß
  • 25CaicedoBooked at 60mins
  • 7MarchSubstituted forWebsterat 90+1′minutes
  • 10Mac AllisterSubstituted forSarmientoat 88′minutes
  • 22MitomaSubstituted forEncisoat 79′minutes
  • 18WelbeckSubstituted forFergusonat 79′minutes


  • 1Sánchez
  • 4Webster
  • 19Sarmiento
  • 20Enciso
  • 21Undav
  • 27Gilmour
  • 28Ferguson
  • 29van Hecke
  • 40Buonanotte

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 41Whitworth
  • 17Clyne
  • 16Andersen
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3Mitchell
  • 8Sambi Lokonga
  • 28DoucouréBooked at 27minsSubstituted forEzeat 45′minutes
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forAhamadaat 80′minutes
  • 7OliseSubstituted forJ Ayewat 70′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22ÉdouardSubstituted forMatetaat 79′minutes
  • 11Zaha


  • 2Ward
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 5Tomkins
  • 9J Ayew
  • 10Eze
  • 14Mateta
  • 26Richards
  • 29Ahamada
  • 63Goodman
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Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamCrystal Palace
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Levi Colwill (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  2. Post update

    Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Naouirou Ahamada (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

  4. Booking

    Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Pervis Estupiñán (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  6. Post update

    Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam Webster replaces Solly March.

  8. Post update

    Levi Colwill (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Julio Enciso (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pascal Groß.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jeremy Sarmiento replaces Alexis Mac Allister.

  12. Post update

    Julio Enciso (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

  14. Post update

    Moisés Caicedo (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pervis Estupiñán.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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