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Tau's Brighton Suffer Late Heartbreak In M23 Derby

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Result: Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2 Crystal Palace

Date: 22 February 2021

Venue: AMEX Stadium

Percy Tau was an unused substitute as Brighton and Hove Albion suffered defeat to Crystal Palace in the M23 Derby on Monday evening.

The Bafana Bafana star was named on the bench yet again for the home side while the Eagles were without the services of talisman Wilfried Zaha through injury.

The hosts enjoyed a lively start to the encounter Yves Bissouma blazed over the top on nine minutes, before Neil Maupay was unable to connect with Joel Veltman's inviting cross in the box minutes later.

The deadlock was eventually broken on 28 minutes when Jean-Philippe Mateta showed great skill to turn home Jordan Ayew's cross with a neat flick at the near post to put the away side ahead.

Brighton enjoyed a lion's share of the possession thereafter but were unable to carve out any clear-cut chances, with Veltman going the closest with an effort from distance 10 minutes before the break.

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Graham Potter's men got their reward 10 minutes into the second half as the ball fell kindly into the path of Veltman, who found the back of the net with a first-time finish from just inside the 18-yard area.

Second-half substitute Adam Lallana should have completed the turnaround for Brighton on 75 minute, but sent his strike over the crossbar from 10-yards out as time began to run out.

When it looked as if the game was heading for a draw, Palace netted the winning goal on 94 minutes when Andros Townsend picked out Christian Benteke, who volleyed the into the far corner to seal three points.

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