Apr 14, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace
3-2
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion
Zaha (5', 24'), Tomkins (14')
Milivojevic (16'), Zaha (79'), Hennessey (89')
FT(HT: 3-2)
Murray (18'), Izquierdo (34')
Stephens (11'), Kayal (94')

Roy Hodgson: 'Crystal Palace first half was the best display since my arrival'

Hodgson hails Palace first-half display
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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson praises his team's first-half performance, as the Eagles beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has praised his side's first-half performance in their win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Wilfried Zaha bagged a brace as the Eagles overcame Chris Hughton's side 3-2 at Selhurst Park, with the hosts two goals up after 14 minutes.

The win moves Palace six points clear of the relegation zone, and Hodgson was thrilled with the team's performance today.

"We are made up with it, especially given that we were made to work so hard for it in the second half," Hodgson told Sky Sports News.

"I thought after our first-half performance, which was arguably one of the best performances we have given here since I have come to the club, it was a little unfortunate that we conceded two goals from the only two clear-cut opportunities that came their way. Of course, that meant that in the second half, if they step up their game and play a few more balls forward into our penalty area, we would have to find a way to hang on to the victory.

"I am very pleased that the players managed to do that because so many times this season we have come in after a single-goal defeat and we have said among ourselves or to the media that Palace haven't deserved that result. For once, it was nice to come in with Chris Hughton feeling that maybe his side were a little bit unlucky in that second half not to get the equalising goal. Sometimes you have to cling on, especially at the bottom of the table, and cling on for your victories. We still need six more points, I think, and there are four more games in which to get them.

"We are in there with a bunch of clubs and like those clubs we will have to keep that desire and determination going. If we keep that football going that we played in the first half then maybe we can play our way out of trouble."

Palace are now one point adrift of Saturday's opponents Brighton, who sit 13th in the table.

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Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton watches on during his side's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium on November 28, 2017
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