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Hodgson thrilled with clean sheet as Eagles earn away point

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson revelled in his side’s first clean sheet of the season as the Eagles extended their unbeaten Premier League run to three matches with a goalless draw with rivals Brighton.

Palace had lost all six of their previous top-flight away matches this term, conceding 13 goals in the process, and while a draw kept them bottom of the table, the gap to 17th-placed Everton has been closed to three points.

“To be fair they are flying high,” said former England manager Hodgson. “It’s a derby game. A clean sheet is good because we haven’t had too many of those.

“We had some good spells and a draw is a fair result. Keeping a clean sheet is a bigger bonus than a 1-1 or 2-2. We will take a lot of confidence.”

Palace’s best chance came early in the encounter as Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan made a double save to deny Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha, while Eagles stopper Wayne Hennessey thwarted Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross.

A Ciaran Clark header and Jonny Evans own goal, meanwhile, saw Newcastle come from two goals down to earn a point against managerless West Brom. Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field scored for the Baggies.

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