Brighton & Hove Albion displayed their most dazzling performance of the season to wash down arch-rivals Crystal Palace 3-1 in a chaotic M23 Derby on Tuesday night. The Seagulls were too good for Palace to handle even after Brighton defender Shane Duffy was sent off in the 28th minute.
Another remarkable takeout of the game was scoring of two goals by two substitutes, Leon Balogun and Florin Andone in a crazy clash at Falmer Stadium. The Eagles failed to recover from a murky first-half performance despite they possessed the ball throughout 62 minutes after the red card incident.
Glenn Murray’s spot-kick delivered the Seagulls a 1-0 lead after they were awarded a penalty when James McArthur brought down Jose Izquierdo. It was the eighth goal of the 35-year-old English striker in league games this season.
In a couple of minutes, Murray was fouled inside the box, but referee Kevin Friend settled with a corner rather than the penalty spot. When players from both sides gathered for the argument, Duffy headbutted Patrick van Aanholt in front of match officials, earning a red card and three-match ban.
The infamous moment was swept away by the wind of change at the 31st minute when Balogun beautifully volleyed into the net with his first touch just 25 seconds after he came off the bench. The scoring established a comfortable 2-0 lead for the hosts.
The most stunning moment of the night was brought by Murray's replacement Andone with an unexpected goal at the halftime. The Romanian forward ran down the left and outclassed two defenders James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho, making a surefire win for Chris Hughton's side.
Luka Milivojevic's spot-kick defeat goalkeeper Mat Ryan in the 81st minute for a solace goal, but was too late for the visitors to content themselves with a little or no hope for the night.
The crucial win moved the Seagulls to No 10 in the Premier League table. They will take on the bottom team Burnley in the weekend at Turf Moor.