Crystal Palace were given an utter humbling yesterday. The Eagles were spanked 3-1 by their biggest rivals, Brighton and Hove Albion, even though the Seagulls had ten men for the majority of the clash. It may have been a shocking performance from Roy Hodgson’s side, but when Lewis Dunk was given his marching orders the fans were ecstatic, believing they had a real chance of victory.
27: Duffy is sent off for an off the ball incident!
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 4, 2018
It was one of those days where everything went wrong for the Eagles. With just a one-goal deficit to overturn against ten men in over an hour of football, it’s easy to see why the Crystal Palace fans had faith in their side to get the win. However, just 17 minutes after the red card when the half-time whistle went, instead of thinking they could turn the game around, the Palace fans were turning themselves around and getting back up the M23 with the score at 3-0.
Substitutes Florin Andone and Leon Balogun were forced onto the pitch in the first half due to injuries to Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray, yet both of them got on the scoresheet in the clash in the strangest game you’ll see for a long time. However, before those goals went in the Eagles genuinely had faith in completing an impressive turnaround in what is one of their biggest games of the season, however, it simply wasn’t to be.
You can read the Eagles’ responses to Dunk’s red card here:
— Crystal Palace Support Faroe Island (@PalaceFaroe) 4 December 2018
Karma. Never in a million years is that a pen
— OLD ACCOUNT LOCKED (@RhysMarshBFC) December 4, 2018
— Pedrokiller9 (@Pedrokiller91) December 4, 2018
Bloody hell. How is this match going to get to full time?
— Michele Golden (@MCGolden1) December 4, 2018
— Gijs Krastman (@_GijsKr_) December 4, 2018
— Jayson Kinsey (@Jayson_Kinsey) December 4, 2018
Yes Cole on boys that’s karma bitch
— Will Collingridge (@WCollingridge) 4 December 2018
The Eagles thought they were in with a shout when Dunk was dismissed, yet they had no idea what was around the corner.