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On Tuesday night, Brighton were beaten 4-0 against Luton and some began to wonder if Roberto De Zerbi’s magic was starting to wear a little thin. Take this resounding result over Brighton’s arch-rivals as proof that these claims couldn’t be further from the truth.
De Zerbi’s men found themselves 2-0 behind at Kenilworth Road within three minutes of that game. Fast forward to today and, perhaps still a little bruised from that experience, they were just as quickly in front against Crystal Palace through captain Lewis Dunk.
From there it only got worse for the visitors as De Zerbi’s men put them to the sword relentlessly and prevailed by the same score they had been on the receiving end of just a few days ago.
Brighton toppled and battered their opponents from the first minute. They played as if they understood how much this game meant to those who packed the Amex Stadium for a hostile afternoon on the south coast.
Palace, by comparison, was lukewarm and went down without so much as a whimper. The last Palace boss to suffer defeat at Brighton, Patrick Vieira, lost his job two days later. This beating and form of four wins in 17 games probably did not bode well for the future prospects of the under-fire Roy Hodgson.
Lewis Dunk celebrates opening the scoring as Brighton beat rivals Crystal Palace 4-1
If only his players showed half as much passion and intensity as his opposite number on the sidelines. Only six minutes were played and the Italian – always one to wear his heart on his sleeve – was booked for entering the field.
Even as his players continued to play with Palace, De Zerbi was still hopping around his touchline barking instructions to his players.
The only time he took a short break in the dugout, he could still be seen slapping his thighs in frustration. While the perfectionist in De Zerbi just wanted more, Brighton fans soaked up every second of a famous derby day win.
Dunk set the tone early on after pouncing behind Joachim Andersen to head home from Pascal Gross’s corner to give the hosts a dream start.
From there it was one-way traffic. With Eberechi Eze absent from the match squad and Michael Olise starting on the bench, Palace had little quality at their disposal to muster any kind of response.
Instead, the hosts doubled their advantage when Tariq Lamptey’s cross at the back post found Jack Hinshelwood who headed home. Goals won’t come much sweeter than that for the 18-year-old academy star who grew up just down the road in Worthing.
But just 86 seconds later there was even more joy for the hosts in a moment 19-year-old Palace debutant Adam Wharton will want to forget sooner rather than later. Wharton – signed on deadline day for £22.5m – was caught from the kick-off frolicking on the ball by Pascal Gross, who slipped past Andersen before unselfishly laying on Facundo Buonanotte, who was in the far corner curled past a helpless Dean Henderson.
By that point, some in the away side had seen enough and headed for an early exit, the pain of being humiliated in the first half against their arch-rivals proving too much.
Others held up banners calling for change in the palace hierarchy. The stony expression on Hodgson’s face – red with anger – told half the story. The appearance was not much better from Palace chairman Steve Parish, who was placed in the directors’ box.
There was also little change in dominance in the second half. Instead, there was more misery for Palace as Olise, introduced at the break in an attempt to conjure up a miracle, walked off with a troublesome hamstring just nine minutes into the half. It turned out to be a day Hodgson really didn’t want to be by the sea after all.
Before long, shouts of ‘Ole’ from the home side greeted every successful pass from a player in blue and white. Ironic chants of ‘Roy Hodgson, we want you to stay’ followed from those same supporters.
There was a brief moment of respite for those traveling south when Andersen’s cross was headed home by Jean-Philippe Mateta with 19 minutes to play.
But it was merely a momentary blip on an afternoon Brighton fans will not forget in a hurry. Joao Pedro put the icing on the cake five minutes from time after playing a neat one-two with Danny Welbeck before firing past Henderson.