Crystal Palace were well beaten by Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night.
The Seagulls stunned Roy Hodgson’s side with a flurry of goals in the first half to ensure that they were able to comfortably take three points away from the clash with their rivals.
Brighton went 1-0 up after 24 minutes as Glenn Murray converted calmly from the penalty spot.
Four minutes later, however, the hosts were down to 10 men. In a bizarre incident off the ball, Shane Duffy appeared to headbutt Patrick van Aanholt, which saw the defender given his marching orders.
This did not deter Brighton, though, and they went 2-0 up courtesy of substitute defender Leon Balogun.
Palace were keen to get in at half-time with just a two-goal deficit to overcome but were unable to do so. In the fourth minute of stoppage time at the end of the half, Florin Andone made it 3-0 to the hosts.
The Eagles were more solid in the second half but still struggled to create. They did pull a goal back, nevertheless, as Luka Milivojevic netted a consolation penalty.
Here are our Palace player ratings following a disappointing night in Brighton.
Wayne Hennessey - 5
Could do little to prevent Brighton’s three quickfire goals.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 4
A night to forget for Wan-Bissaka. Perhaps his worst game of the season.
Mamadou Sakho - 4
Some brave defending and strong anticipation will be overlooked as he failed to carry out some basics.
James Tomkins - 3
Had a shocking game and looked a liability throughout.
Patrick van Aanholt - 4
Positionally poor and offered little threat going forward.
Luka Milivojevic - 4
Scored a penalty but struggled to convince as he looked off the pace throughout.
Cheikhou Kouyate - 3
An unimpressive display from Kouyate, who endured a tough time at the Amex.
James McArthur - 4
Pretty anonymous throughout – the game passed him by.
Andros Townsend - 5
Worked hard but his efforts in the final third were to be of no avail.
Max Meyer - 3
Missed some half-chances and was quiet throughout.
Wilfried Zaha - 5
Won a penalty and dealt with a difficult atmosphere well but he still looked unconvincing.
Alexander Sorloth – 5: Put himself about but added little to Palace’s threat going forward.
Jeffrey Schlupp – 3: Came on and did absolutely nothing.
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