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Sanchez howler costs dominant Brighton victory over rivals Palace

Robert Sanchez's second-half gaffe cost Brighton a deserved win at Crystal Palace as the Seagulls' winless run against their rivals extended to a seventh match.

Brighton arrived at Selhurst Park knowing they had the chance to narrow the gap on fourth-placed Newcastle to just three points - with Eddie Howe's side not playing until later in the day - and deserved to do so after thoroughly outplaying their hosts.

Solly March finally gave Roberto De Zerbi's dominant side the lead midway through the second half, but their advantage only lasted six minutes before Sanchez dropped a cross under no pressure, allowing James Tomkins to head in the equaliser from close range.

The defender's goal ensured Palace avoided a fourth defeat in six Premier League matches - but Patrick Vieira's team have claimed just three points in that time and their underwhelming form means they are just seven points clear of the relegation places.

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