Super Eagles’ defender, Leon Balogun came off the bench to help 10-man Brighton to a 3-1 victory over rivals Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday night, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Nigerian was introduced earlier than expected following a red card to defender Shane Duffy in the first half.
Glenn Murray fired the Seagulls ahead against his former club from the penalty spot on the 24th minute but that positive start was undone within four minutes by Shane Duffy’s dismissal for a head-butt on Patrick Van Aanholt.
But Leon Balogun, introduced to shore up the Brighton defence, doubled their lead with his first touch 25 seconds after coming off the bench, firing home a half-volley before another substitute Florin Andone, made it three in first-half stoppage time.
Luka Milvojevic pulled one back from the penalty spot on the 81st minute but it was too little, too late for Palace, who failed to lay a glove on the 10-men Brighton.
Balogun could now get another shot at the weekend following the red card to Duffy as the defender is expected to be out for at least three games due to suspension.
The victory lifts Chris Hughton’s side up to 10th in the Premier League standing, nine points and five places clear of Palace in 15th.