Anthony Knockaert’s stunning strike proved decisive as Brighton moved eight points clear of the Premier League relegation zone with victory at Crystal Palace.

Former Palace forward Glenn Murray had given the Seagulls the lead with his 100th league goal, pouncing on a mistake by James Tomkins before superbly volleying into the far corner from 18 yards.

The hosts equalised shortly after the break when Luka Milivojevic scored his eighth penalty of the season after Davy Propper had fouled Andros Townsend.

But Knockeart – who was booked after 28 seconds for the visitors, the fastest in the top flight for a decade – became the match-winner when he cut in from the right on to his favoured left-foot and curled a brilliant shot into the top-left corner from 25 yards.

The result lifts Brighton to 14th in the table, while Palace – who are also on 33 points – stay in 13th.

Clinical Murray reaches landmark

It felt like the script was written for Brighton’s Murray when Romania forward Florin Andone injured his thigh in the warm-up.

He was the only Brighton player to be applauded by the home supporters before kick-off – recognition of his 47 goals in five years as a Palace player.

The 35-year-old, who had scored for both teams in previous contests between them, had been stuck on 99 league goals since a double at Fulham at the end of January.

And he made an inauspicious start to Saturday’s game, touching the ball just three times in the opening 18 minutes as the hosts dominated possession.

However, his fourth touch was clinical.

Chasing Lewis Dunk’s long ball, he benefited from Tomkins’ poor attempt to head clear before dispatching a brilliant effort from the left side of the Palace penalty area that gave keeper Vicente Guaita no chance.

The strike means Murray has become only the second Brighton player – after Tommy Cook – to reach 100 goals for the club.

Palace fail to recover again

Crystal Palace dominated almost every statistic – with more territory, possession, shots and crosses than their opponents.

However, Roy Hodgson’s side once again struggled in the area that ultimately counts – scoring goals – against a solid Brighton side.

Palace have managed just 11 goals in 15 league games at Selhurst Park this season, the second-worst scoring record at home in the Premier League after bottom club Huddersfield.

And while they levelled thanks to Milivojevic’s 17th penalty in two years, that was one of only three efforts on target, and Brighton keeper Mat Ryan dealt comfortably with an early Michy Batshuayi shot and a Tomkins header.

Palace have a dismal record in games in which they have fallen behind this term, collecting just four points from a possible 42 – with their only victory coming at champions Manchester City in December.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5Tomkins
  • 6DannBooked at 89mins
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forBentekeat 77′minutes
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 15Schlupp
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forMeyerat 77′minutes
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 7Meyer
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 14J Ayew
  • 17Benteke
  • 34Kelly

Brighton

  • 1RyanBooked at 90mins
  • 22MontoyaBooked at 24mins
  • 4Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 30BernardoBooked at 90mins
  • 11KnockaertBooked at 1minsSubstituted forMarchat 75′minutes
  • 8Bissouma
  • 6Stephens
  • 24Pröpper
  • 16JahanbakhshSubstituted forLocadiaat 90+5′minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 7Kayal
  • 9Locadia
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 20March
  • 27Button
  • 33Burn
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
24,972

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Davy Pröpper.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jürgen Locadia replaces Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Booking

Bernardo (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bernardo (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Dann (Crystal Palace).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

Foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace).

Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt missed. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bernardo (Brighton and Hove Albion).

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces James McArthur.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Max Meyer replaces Andros Townsend.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.