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Moments of the Decade: Brighton 2011

23 November 2015

All this week we are giving you the chance to vote for your favourite Palace moment of the last decade. Here we reflect on when the Eagles stunned Brighton at the Amex in 2011.

Brighton and Hove Albion moved into their new Amex Stadium home in the summer of 2011 and had a good start to life on their new patch, but that was until the Eagles came to visit in September 2011 and stole their unbeaten record.

Palace had enjoyed a good start to the season, winning three and drawing one of their first five games but a slump in September saw them lose three consecutive league games and thus turned up to take on the Seagulls sitting 12th in the table.

The lack of confidence was evident early on when Craig Makail-Smith poked the hosts in front after just seven minutes when he diverted in Gary Dicker’s cross, but having been fortunate to find themselves just a goal behind the break, Dougie Freedman’s Palace regrouped and were the better side throughout the second period.

Paddy McCarthy saw a header cleared off the line by Makail-Smith before a final flourish in the 10 minutes stunned Brighton. On 80 minutes Zaha twisted and turned his way towards the edge of the box and found the bottom corner of Casper Ankergren’s net to level things up, and a minute from time Jonny Parr’s cross was bundled home by substitute Darren Ambrose.

The icing was put on the cake in injury-time though. Having been jeered by home fans throughout the game after switching between the two clubs on a free transfer the previous summer, Glenn Murray thumped in a low effort from outside the box to seal a famous win for the Eagles and inflict a first Amex defeat on his former club.

Was this your favourite Eagles moment from the last 10 years? Vote for yours online here where you can watch this and the all the other contenders now!

Read more about the other nine contenders here.

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