Roy Hodgson hailed a hard-fought point away to rivals Brighton as a result to keep Crystal Palace’s momentum going after a recent upturn in form.

Palace have now lost just one of their last five Premier League games, and picked up their first away point of the season at the Amex Stadium in a drab 0-0 draw.

The Eagles’ attack spearheaded by Christian Benteke struggled to break down a disciplined Seagulls’ defence on the south coast.

But the Palace backline, so often a soft underbelly for opponents, held their rivals at bay with some ease, with only a late header from Glenn Murray that was cleared off the line by Andros Townsend threatening to break the deadlock in the hosts favour.

With a relatively favourable run of fixtures ahead of them – Palace don’t face a side in the top six for a month – Hodgson was pleased to avoid a dispiriting defeat that would have ended the optimism built by Saturday’s last-gasp win over Stoke.

“This was a derby game and one we could not lose,” Hodgson said. “It keeps our momentum going.

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