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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Luka Milivojevic (50' PEN)
  • Glenn Murray (19')
  • Anthony Knockaert (74')

Knockaer's spectacular strike breaks Palace resistance as Brighton inch towards safety

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Knockaert screamer puts Brighton back in front (0:34)

Anthony Knockaert's curling strike from just outside the box saw Brighton regain the lead against Crystal Palace. (0:34)

A moment of brilliance from Anthony Knockaert settled a fiercely contested derby as Brighton beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park to edge further clear from the Premier League relegation zone.

The Frenchman fired a spectacular 74th-minute winner from outside the area as Brighton completed the league double over their great rivals for the first time since 1983-84.

But Knockaert was fortunate to still be on the pitch after only receiving a yellow card for a crunching challenge on Luka Milivojevic after just 28 seconds -- the quickest booking in the Premier League for 10 years.

Brighton opened the scoring on 19 minutes when 35-year-old Glenn Murray -- promoted off the bench after Florin Andone was injured in the warm-up -- volleyed home after Scott Dann misjudged his headed clearance.

The goal was Murray's 100th league strike for Brighton and seventh in this fixture, three of which he scored for Palace.

Brighton, impressively marshalled at the back by Lewis Dunk, were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Dann wrestled Shane Duffy to the ground but conceded from the spot after the break when Davy Propper fouled Andros Townsend.

The ever-reliable Milivojevic converted the penalty for the 17th time as a Palace player but Knockaert had the final say as Brighton registered back-to-back league victories for the first time this year to join Palace on 33 points in the standings.

Afterwards Knockaert, who was substituted immediately after his goal, described it as "a special day for us and the fans".

Knockaeart said the referee spoke to him at half time about his two-footed challenge on Milivojevic which led to his early booking. "We both went for the same ball. I was a bit late," he said.

Murray said he was delighted to get a start -- and his goal. "I got drafted in just before the game after Florin Andone felt his groin go in the warm-up," he said.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 +59 88
2 Manchester City 34 +65 86
3 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +29 67
4 Arsenal 34 +25 66
5 Chelsea 34 +21 66
6 Manchester United 34 +15 64
7 Everton 35 +6 49
8 Watford 34 0 49
9 Leicester City 35 +1 48
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -1 48
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 34 -18 39
16 Southampton 34 -17 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -21 34
18 Cardiff City 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14