s Crystal Palace beat Brighton 2-1 thanks to Christian Benteke's injury-time winner Brighton had 25 shots against Palace and 75 per ce...
- Crystal Palace beat Brighton 2-1 thanks to Christian Benteke's injury-time winner
- Brighton had 25 shots against Palace and 75 per cent of the possession but lost
- Roy Hodgson's side have recorded similar results against Man United and City
- They beat Utd in 2020 with 24 per cent possession and scored a late goal in 2019
- They also beat Man City in 2018 despite having just 21 per cent of the possession
Saturday saw Everton beat Liverpool at Anfield for the first time since 1999 - but it is Crystal Palace's smash and grab victory over Brighton that has hogged the headlines since.
Palace have been labelled as the masters of smash-and-grab victories after Roy Hodgson's arrival at the club in September 2017 has seen them pick up a series of impressive away wins at Manchester City and Manchester United over the years.
Monday’s result against their bitter rivals in the 'M23 Derby' added to their record of last-gasp results and proved precisely why the Eagles have been given such a title.
Palace only touched the ball twice in the opposition box and registered just 25per cent possession but managed to walk away with a 2-1 victory thanks to Christian Benteke's injury-time winner.
|Christian Benteke's injury-time winner saw them beat Brighton despite having 25% possession|
Brighton had 25 shots against Crystal Palace - with 19 coming in the second half - and also dominated possession with 75 per cent of the ball.
However, it was Benteke arrival as a substitute in the 75th minute that changed the game. He scored a super volley in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to build on Jean-Phillippe Mateta's first half backheel.
This wasn't the first time Hodgson's side have pulled off a sensational win despite having very little possession.
Cast your minds back to September 2020 when Wilfried Zaha's controversial 74th-minute penalty condemned Manchester United to a miserable start to their Premier League campaign.
Andros Townsend opened the scoring in the seventh-minute by sending Jeffrey Schlupp's cross into the far corner of the net before Donny van de Beek pulled one back for United just 10 minutes into his debut.
However, referee Martin Atkinson gave Palace the opportunity to snatch a last-gasp victory after awarding a penalty against Victor Lindelof for handling the ball inside his own box.
David de Gea thought he had denied the smash-and-grab masters of their late winner when he saved Jordan Ayew's spot-kick, but Atkinson ordered a retake as he claimed the keeper had moved off his line.
As a result, Zaha stepped up for the second attempt and made no mistake to see Palace win the game 2-1.
Such a victory meant that Palace had won their opening two games of a top-flight season for the first time in their history, despite only having 24 per cent of the possession against the Red Devils that day.