Late Benteke winner stuns Brighton

Crystal Palace's French-born striker Jean-Philippe Mateta (2R) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on February 22, 2021.

Brighton defender Joel Veltman says the manner of their Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace felt like "a robbery" that has pushed them towards the "danger zone".

The Netherlands international swept in an equaliser for the Seagulls after Jean-Philippe Mateta had earlier backheeled Palace in front from their first real attack.

But while Graham Potter's side dominated possession and had 25 shots on goal, a remarkable conclusion saw Christian Benteke volley a dramatic winner for Palace deep into added time with only their second shot on target.

The result sees Palace move up to 13th with Brighton in 16th, just four points above a resurgent Fulham in 18th and at risk of being drawn into a relegation battle.

"It is unbelievable. They are getting away with it," said Veltman. "It feels like a robbery of our points. The chances we didn't finish and they had half a chance and Benteke scored. We have to score more.

"Because of this result we are getting in the danger zone. We have to react and West Brom away is a very important game."


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