Patrick Vieira explains why he needs time to solve goalscoring problem after 1-0 Brighton defeat

Solly March’s goal proved decisive for the Seagulls and punished a Palace side who spurned three good chances early on.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira says he was satisfied with the fighting spirit of his team in their 1-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League clash on Wednesday night.

It was the first time since 2018 that Brighton have beaten Crystal Palace at the Amex, The Seagulls win condemned Vieira’s side to their sixth league defeat in 11 games- the Eagles have drawn the remaining five, and are still searching for their first league win of the year.

Crystal Palace started the game the brighter side and should have opened the scoring with the trio of Wilfried Zaha, Michael Olise and Odsonne Edouard all missing chances early on.

Under-fire Palace boss said Patrick Vieira admits the defeat wasn’t good but he was satisfied with the performance: “In the first half we were aggressive. We managed to win the ball in really good areas on the field and we couldn’t score.

“I’m looking at the spirit of the team, the discipline and the work ethic today - I’m satisfied with that.

“The problem is that we don’t score those goals. We don’t make those right decisions in the last third. This is our problem.

“It’s confidence, we had a really good game plan, we were aggressive enough but a lack of killing instinct and ruthlessness is the issue.”

The defeat leaves the Eagles still in 12th place in the Premier League table with just 27 points from 27 games so far.

They are also alarmingly just three points off the relegation threatened Bournemouth in 18th position with Vieira now truly fighting to save his job in south London.