Confusion over use of VAR following Brighton's winning goal

Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Crystal Palace 1 Murray downs old club to earn fourth-round spot

Having started the season with seven straight league defeats Roy Hodgson's men have lost just one of their last 11 league games - that being a narrow defeat to Arsenal - meaning they sit just one point behind the Seagulls in the league table.

- Murray has scored in back to back appearances for Brighton, after netting just once in his previous 10.

Brighton's reward for the cup victory is a fourth-round meeting with Championship side Middlesbrough after they were drawn opposite one another in Monday's draw.

Five minutes into the game, Brighton were dealt a blow when Izzy Brown was forced off with an injury.

Gaeten Bong delivered a cross in from the left and picked out the unmarked Solly March whose downward header was tipped over by Wayne Hennessey. Palace are in better form but have a lot of injuries.

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first with Brighton dominating the possession.

Indeed, it was the hosts who were putting the pressure on but they couldn't capitalise on a flurry of corners midway through.

Sako went close to putting his side ahead on 73 minutes when he skipped away from Connor Goldson and into the area but fired his left-foot effort into the side-netting. The seaside club had released warnings to their fans pre match that any post match celebratory pitch invasions would result in a effect, and arrogant move to say the least, whilst Palace were also met with an, erm, faecal issue in their dressing room upon their arrival in a bid to unsettle them; heightening the intensity of the tie even more.

The travelling Palace fans felt hard-done-by when the ball crossed the goalline, as many believed it went in via Murray's hand, but the VAR system was referred to, for the first time in a competitive game in England, and showed that it went in off his knee and the goal stood.



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