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Crystal Palace hold on to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion

16 April 2018, 01:54 | Charlene Valdez

Palace fans were held outside the Amex Stadium during November’s 0-0 drawTWITTER

Palace fans were held outside the Amex Stadium during November’s 0-0 draw

Crystal Palace were in desperate need of a victory against Brighton at Selhurst Park on Saturday to move away from the relegation zone. It's a rivalry that caught fire in the 1970's when Crystal Palace were managed by Terry Venables and Brighton were led by Alan Mullery.

"It's about responsibility at set plays - you can have clever movement from players in the box, but it's about making sure you adjust to that and take responsibility".

The convincing victory was wrapped up in the closing stages as Roberto Firmino struck to take Liverpool to within a point of second place and complete a good week for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Hodgson deserves credit for helping lift Palace out of the bottom three after the team lost their opening seven league matches.

Over the intervening years there have been countless more incidents to keep the fires burning - whether it be the regular crowd trouble, one game bizarrely containing five penalties - a lot of them missed - and a pile of human excrement reportedly being left on the Palace dressing-room floor before their Wilfried Zaha-inspired 2-0 play-off victory en route to Wembley and the Premier League in 2013.

The Eagles now sit six points clear of the relegation zone and just a point adrift of Brighton, who remain in 13th position in the standings.

Jose Izquierdo did bring Brighton back to within one when he skilfully scored 11 minutes prior to the interval, but it stayed that way throughout a nervy second half, Roy Hodgson's men thankful for a poor late Murray miss as they battled to an invaluable three points in their bid for survival. If we are going to get a result that's the best way'. Because the two players up front caused the Bournemouth defence all sorts of problems, ' said the ex-England boss. The Eagles have been hindered by notable injuries over the last few months and the recent return of influential attacker Wilfried Zaha is a welcome boost. The feeling after Chelsea's 3-1 loss to Tottenham was that their top four hopes had gone up in smoke so last week's 1-1 draw with West Ham left them 10 points off the top four.

This game saw five first-half goals, the most in any Premier League game this season.

'It is a big game for the fans and because of the table it makes it bigger, ' admits skipper Lewis Dunk.

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