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Brighton Triumph Over Crystal Palace

Brighton secured a crucial Premier League victory over Crystal Palace, maintaining their challenge for European qualification. Solly March scored the winning goal, capitalizing on Palace's missed opportunities in the opening minutes of the game. Despite the efforts of Wilfried Zaha, Odsonne Edouard, and Michael Olise, the Eagles were unable to convert their chances, and March took advantage of Kaoru Mitoma's precise pass to score a clinical finish. Brighton continued to dominate the match, moving level on points with Liverpool in sixth place and six points behind Tottenham in fourth place, with two games in hand. Palace's defeat extended their winless run to 11 games, leaving them in 12th place and just three points above the relegation zone.

Palace manager Patrick Vieira was frustrated by his team's lack of attacking prowess, as they have scored just four goals in their last 11 top-flight games. Nevertheless, goalkeeper Joe Whitworth made an impressive debut, keeping Palace in the game with several crucial saves. Despite pressing Brighton into early mistakes, Palace missed several chances to take the lead, with Edouard and Olise squandering gilt-edged opportunities. Substitute Naouirou Ahamada's late miss summed up a dismal night for Palace in front of goal.

Brighton, meanwhile, continued their recent run of good form, dominating possession and seeking to control the game. The Seagulls' fans have come to expect such performances, with draws against Leeds and in the reverse fixture against Palace now seen as dropped points.

Although this was not Brighton's best display, the victory was vital in their pursuit of European football. Had it not been for a VAR ruling that incorrectly disallowed a goal, their European hopes would appear even brighter. Roberto de Zerbi was able to rest Adam Webster and Evan Ferguson for most of the match, while still securing a crucial three points.

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