Substitute Alexis Mac Allister netted a 90th-minute equaliser to earn Brighton a thoroughly deserved draw against rivals Crystal Palace.
Argentine Mac Allister latched on fellow substitute Aaron Connolly’s lay-off to drill home a rasping first-time finish from the edge of the area.
Palace were on the back foot for long periods, but looked like holding on for victory – having taken a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Wilfried Zaha’s penalty, which turned out to be the home side’s only shot on target.
The spot-kick was rather harshly awarded as Tariq Lamptey was judged to have dragged down Michy Batshuayi in the box, but replays showed there was little contact on the Palace striker.
Brighton pushed for a winner in 10 minutes of injury time but in captain Lewis Dunk’s desperation to pounce on a loose ball, he caught Gary Cahill with a stud-high challenge and was sent off.
The draw moves Palace up a place to 12th, while Brighton stay 16th in the table.
Palace punished late on
Palace came into the game showing inconsistent form, claiming victories in their opening two league games before back-to-back defeats. A draw now extends their winless run.
They defended resolutely for 89 minutes and looked like coming away with a smash-and-grab victory thanks to Zaha’s penalty – but have now kept just one clean sheet in their past 13 games.
Hodgson will have been impressed by the performance of holding midfielder Jairo Riedewald, given a first start at Selhurst Park since January.
The Dutchman has struggled to show his best form since joining Palace from Ajax in 2017, but was much improved in this contest.
Deployed in front of the backline, Riedewald won possession eight times, more than any other player on the pitch, and misplaced just one of his 23 passes.
A lack of attacking intent, though, meant Palace had to settle for a point.
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Brighton & Hove Albion
- 31GuaitaBooked at 76mins
- 27MitchellBooked at 63mins
- 18McArthurBooked at 86mins
- 15SchluppSubstituted forBentekeat 88′minutes
- 23BatshuayiSubstituted forMilivojevicat 83′minutes
- 3van Aanholt
- 1RyanBooked at 18mins
- 5DunkBooked at 90mins
- 33BurnSubstituted forGroßat 82′minutes
- 8BissoumaBooked at 43mins
- 14LallanaSubstituted forMac Allisterat 78′minutes
- 11TrossardSubstituted forConnollyat 78′minutes
- 10Mac Allister
Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tariq Lamptey with a cross.
Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).
Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the red card.
Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.
Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).
Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Connolly.
Attempt blocked. Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.
Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).
James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).