83 min: Ray Lewington continues to be vocal. No wonder he can get away with just wearing shorts. His boys are hanging on well with Brighton perhaps flagging a little. Graham Potter, in modish scarf, is issuing instructions to his players but ideas seem to have run a little short.
72 min: Nick Willis has his say: “Surely that’s the price you pay for sitting back & protecting a 1-0 lead after half an hour. Jeez, who’d be a Palace fan? I don’t care if they insinuated their way to 6th spot, could you really bear to watch it?(No such worries for me on either count, I’m a Leeds fan)“
Dunk rises to a corner, then Maupay cuts in from the flank and tries to squeeze in a shot from the left. Guiata had spotted the danger.
66 min: More last-ditch stuff from Palace as shots rain down, and Riedewald is the latest to throw his body on the line. It’s all Brighton but they still don’t look quite capable of finding the quality. It’s been 19 shots to one. And the score is 1-1.
65 min: Mac Allister has a good chance to play in Welbeck but the ball is overhit, and then Welbeck has another chance when Maupay plays the ball to him but slightly behind him. Brighton win a couple of corners as they push on.
60 min: Brighton now pushing on, and Trossard tries to make incursions from the left and there is chaos in the Palace box as he has two shots blocked, and then Welbeck has a shot blocked. Burn whips one in, and eventually play stops as Kouyate falls to the floor under the impact of that Welbeck shot.
53 min: Dan Burn has already been a more effective left-back on the overlap than Alzate proved in the first half. He picks up a booking for fouling Ayew, who continues his good work, by sweeping up at the back.
49 min: Veltman is tripped by Milivojevic, who suggest he made no contact. No booking though, suggesting it was appreciated by Kevin Friend as being the Palace man’s attempt to pull out of the tackle. Palace deal well with the resultant free kick.
Matt Burtz gets back in touch: “Update: I’m 39 years old and didn’t know until today that Sanford and Son, which has one of the best theme songs ever, was a remake of Steptoe and Son. It was also intended to be the answer to All in the Family (itself a remake of Till Death Do Us Part, not that I need to tell anyone reading this that fact). Throw in The Office and it’s so much for American exceptionalism, eh?”
43 min: Ayew, who has excelled at both ends, chases down a clearance, and Palace’s defenders can get some rest. The stats tell us Palace have had just three touches in the opposing box. They have a goal from that, too.
41 min: Ray Lewington looks to be in shorts, too. A man from the old school. Mike Phelan would approve. Mind you, it has been unseasonably warm in the south of England. Roy Hodgson, though, is in club issue jacket. Cast ne’er a clout til May be out, and all that. There’s a lockdown gag in there somewhere.
36 min: Brighton pushing on, Palace sitting back. As might be expected. Townsend fouls Veltman and it’s a free-kick chance to get the ball into the big men. That comes back out to Mac Allister, whose shot is deflected off Joel Ward for a corner.
34 min: Ciaran Crowther gets in touch: “Brilliant ball by Kouyate to Ayew down the right for the goal. Maybe Roy could teach Jurgen Klopp a thing or two about converting midfielders into effective centre halves.”