Brighton & Hove Albion set another Premier League record

Florin Andone celebrates putting Brighton 3-0 up. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Florin Andone celebrates putting Brighton 3-0 up. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Brighton set their second Premier League record of the season in last night's 3-1 victory over arch rivals Crystal Palace.

In the 26 years of the Premier League, it was the first time two substitutes had scored in the first half of a game.


First, Nigerian international Leon Balogun netted on 31 minutes and within seconds of replacing Pascal Gross as Brighton boss Chris Hughton looked to shore up his defence after Shane Duffy's red card.


Shortly afterwards, Glenn Murray went off with a shoulder injury and his replacement Florin Andone scored a stunning individual goal in the final action of the first half.


Earlier this season Albion stars Murray and Bruno set a new Premier League record when they combined for the Seagulls' goal in the 1-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.


Bruno's shot was turned home at the back post by Murray - his 100th goal for Brighton - and it saw them set a new Premier League record as the oldest pair to combine for a goal in the competition.


With Murray 35 years and 32 days and Bruno 38 years and 25 days, their combined age was 73 years and 57 days. They beat the combined record of 72 years and 168 days when Paul Scholes (35y 273d) set up Ryan Giggs (36y 260d) to score for Manchester United against Newcastle in August, 2010.

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Match report: Brighton 3, Crystal Palace 1