‘One chance is all it takes’ – Neal Maupay reflects on his late goal vs Palace

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Palace v Brighton football 27 Sep 2021

ALBION star Neal Maupay was “happy” with the team's point against Palace.

The French striker scored a last-minute equaliser against the Eagles to give Albion a share of the spoils after Wilfred Zaha had given Palace the lead from the spot in the first half.

Albion found it a very hard match to create chances throughout the 90 minutes. However, in the dying seconds following a Palace goal kick, Maupay was played through in on goal.

The quick-thinking striker then lobbed the Spanish goalkeeper, sending Albion players, coaches and fans into bedlam as they celebrated the goal.

  • READ MORE: Recap: 1-1 Maupay salvages point for Albion against Palace

He said: “Sometimes one chance is all it takes to score and take something from the game.

“When the ball bounced, I saw the goalkeeper off his line, and it is difficult for them to jump when they are running backwards.

“As a striker, I knew he was a few yards off his line this and knew it was my chance to put it above him, so I am happy with this goal.”

Neal Maupay scores against Crystal Palace

The goal is Maupay's fourth of the season despite only playing six games.

Maupay was involved in a dispute between players after the whistle and added: “I think football is nothing without fans, and without some involvement between players. It’s a derby. Everyone wanted to win. The atmosphere was really, really good.

“I scored, and I saw (Wilfried) Zaha and I smiled at him because I saw him celebrating his penalty in the first half and he gave some to our fans.

  • READ MORE: Albion and Palace fans find mutual ground against Sky Sports

“I won’t say what he said but you know how it is sometimes between players, you give a bit of banter. That was a good time for us because we scored in the last minute so it was a good time to give him something.”

The result leaves Albion 6th in the Premier League, although a win would have sent them top of the table.

27/09

Brighton (H)

Premier League

1 - 1

03/10

Leicester (H)

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2 - 2

18/10

Arsenal (A)

Premier League

20:00

23/10

Newcastle (H)

Premier League

15:00

30/10

Manchester City (A)

Premier League

16:00

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