Crystal Palace fans have taken to Twitter in raptures over Jean-Philippe Mateta and his stunning goal against arch rivals Brighton and Hove Albion last night.
Mateta scored his first Premier League goal for Crystal Palace during a tough game at the Amex.
The Frenchman joined Palace on an 18-month loan during the January transfer window. The Eagles have an option to make the deal permanent and, after last night’s ‘worldie’, many Palace fans will be clamouring for just that.
Mateta has only played three league matches for Palace since joining but his debut goal should do the 23-year-old a world of good.
Eagles supporters were clearly excited by Mateta’s back-heel finish.
Here’s what some of them had to say on Twitter after the most unlikely of victories in the M23 derby:
Eagles ride their luck
Roy Hodgson’s side was lucky to collect all three points against a tough Brighton side, which dominated most of the stats.
The Seagulls had 74% possession last night and a staggering 25 shots.
Palace, in comparison, only had three shots all night as Brighton’s Achilles heel – their lack of clinical finishers – dragged them towards a relegation battle.
Mateta opened the scoring, netting his impressive strike in the 28th minute following a rapid break by Jordan Ayew.
Ten minutes into the second half, Joel Veltman levelled with what was also his first goal for his club.
Palace were put under siege, with a Brighton winner seemingly inevitable. However, another lightning break and tremendous cross, this time from Andros Townsend, led to a wonderful volleyed finish by Christian Benteke.
The injury-time goal was almost the last kick of the game and was cruel on Brighton. But Palace fans won’t care a jot.
The win moved Palace up to 13th in the league table and they will hope Mateta can push them on to achieve more.
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