Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton

Ashley Barnes' penalty ensured Brighton escaped with a point against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Chris Martin gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot after Wilfried Zaha went down under a challenge from Will Buckley in the area.

Buckley was then fouled by Nathaniel Clyne in the box, Barnes stepping up to smash home the equaliser.

Julian Speroni saved a good effort from Inigo Calderon in stoppage time as the hosts held on for a point.

Palace, who beat Brighton at the Amex Stadium in December, were searching for their first league win since defeating Millwall 1-0 on New Year's Eve and started the better of the two sides.

Bolton target Zaha made a darting run down the wing only to see Buckley head his cross narrowly wide of his own goal and then had a shot saved by Peter Brezovan shortly before the interval.

The visitors responded with Craig Mackail-Smith having a close-range shot saved by Speroni before Barnes had his shot blocked by Palace's Paul McShane, who scored the winner for Brighton on their last visit to Selhurst six years ago.

After the break, Martin saw a 20-yard shot fly narrowly over the crossbar but made no mistake when he converted the spot-kick following Buckley's foul on Zaha for his ninth goal of the season.

But 10 minutes later, the visitors were handed a penalty when Buckley went down easily and Barnes made no mistake.

Brighton are now just three points off the play-off places while Palace are a further four behind.

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