Bright’s own late goal from Joachim Anderson erased the frustration of a missed penalty and disallowed goal in a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Friday. The Seagulls look set for an unfortunate defeat after Conor Gallagher’s seventh goal of the season gave Palace the lead in the 69th minute. But when defender Andersen accidentally tucked the ball into his own net, Bright saved a draw three minutes later.
As a result, Brighton moved to eighth place, four points away from South London Club Palace.
“The overall performance was really, really good,” Brighton manager Graham Potter told the BBC.
“The first half was particularly impressive, should be ahead and maybe take it out of the game.”
He added: “These boys played with real intensity and real personality.”
Palace equivalent Patrick Vieira said the draw was the right result.
“The first half was about them but we came back in the second half with more determination and more discipline and I think we managed to disappoint them,” Vieira said.
“Of course it’s frustrating when you score first and then agree to go in five minutes, but I think they deserved that goal,” the former Arsenal and France midfielder added.
Brighton were denied two opening goals in the first half, during which they missed a penalty and were denied a goal.
Pascal Gross’s weak effort was saved by Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland in the 38th minute when Joel Weltman was fouled by Will Hughes in a corner following a VAR intervention.
Before the penalty, a flame was thrown on the pitch by Palace supporters and just moments later Brighton’s Neil Moupe put the ball into the net while the touring fans were still enjoying Butland’s defense.
But referee Robert Jones was called back to the pitchside monitor and, after studying the replay, Moupe bundled the ball out of Butland’s hand and denied the goal.
Former England No. 1 Butland made many good stops to keep Patrick Vieira’s side in the game.
In addition to saving his first penalty in England’s top flight, Butland also rejected Leandro Trosard and Jacob Moder, who were later hit on the crossbar.