Joachim Andersen’s own goal saves point for dominant Brighton in draw over rivals Crystal Palace

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Telegraph Sport of the Premier League match between Brighton and Crystal Palace at the Amex.

Brighton boss Graham Potter has urged his players to continue to take advantage of Sir Alex Ferguson’s never-to-be-seen spirit of Manchester United’s team that entered tonight’s resentment match against Crystal Palace.

High-flying Albion have scored five Premier League points thanks to strikes with extra time this term, including the dramatic 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Palace in Selhurst Park.

Patrick Vieira’s team travels to the south coast on Friday night for the sold-out return match at the Amex Stadium.

Seagulls head coach Potter, who has also seen his team win at Brentford and draw to Southampton and Chelsea with goals scored after the 90th minute, wants to keep scraping for results in the so-called ‘Fergie time’.

“It’s an important thing to have as a team,” he said.

Vieira, meanwhile, praised Jean-Philippe Mateta’s continued commitment after admitting it was “challenging” for the lender at Crystal Palace.

The striker scored his third goal for the club last weekend, after getting the nod to play at Millwall despite links to St Etienne in the current transfer window.

Since moving to Selhurst Park last January on an 18-month loan from Mainz, Mateta has only started six times, but will return tonight to the scene of one of his best moments in a Palace shirt.

It was a backheeled attempt at the Amex last season that saw the French striker open his account for the South Londoners, but the fine form of Christian Benteke in 2021 and the arrival of Odsonne Edouard in August have the chances for the 24 -year further limited.

Vieira, who saw Mateta last month against Norwich and again at Millwall, said: “I think it has been really challenging for him.

“Since he joined this football club, he has not had that many opportunities to play. Since I arrived, with Christian and Edouard, he has had less time.

“But every time the team needed him to perform, he gave his best. He was rewarded by a few goals he scored, so he’s there, he’s with us, part of the team and the team. “

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