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Crystal Palace ridicule Brighton with what was shown on screen at Selhurst Park come full time

Crystal Palace ridicule Brighton with what was shown on screen at Selhurst Park come full time in the final game of the season.

Jean-Philippe Mateta scored a hat-trick as Aston Villa crumbled to a Premier League final-day thrashing; Eberechi Eze also scored twice.

Jean-Philippe Mateta showcased his exceptional form with two impressive goals in the first half, with Aston Villa continuing to struggle in the second half, conceding three goals within a 15-minute period.

Eberechi Eze and Mateta added to the scoreline, with the latter completing a hat-trick. Mateta has now scored a total of 14 goals in 16 Premier League games under Oliver Glasner, whose side finish the season unbeaten in their final 7 games of the 2023/24 season.

The incredible form since Glasner’s arrival has led to Palace finishing 10th in the Premier League, impressive considering they spent much of the season sitting 14th and 15th, just above the drop zone.

Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton spent much of the campaign in the top 10, but fell away slightly since matchweek 32, and finished 11th.

The final table caught Palace’s attention, spotting that they ended up finishing a place above Brighton. So Palace displayed it on the big screen at Selhurst Park come full time and included it in a social media graphic…

Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner to Sky Sports: “When we see how we play and what the players are doing on the pitch, it could be [the season ending too soon], but it is what it is.

“Another great performance, but there were 10 or 15 minutes in the first half where we could have conceded the equaliser.

“But after scoring the second goals, there were some small adaptations at half-time, we played a brilliant second half. They were having fun on the pitch so it was a great end to the season.”

On Mateta: “He has a lot of confidence, he makes great runs and gets assists. He works hard and he has a great finish with the left, right and head.

“They are connected in offense, they can play with one-two touches, and then he is there and has the confidence for the finish.

“A good performance from him but he needs the support from his teammates.”

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery to Sky Sports: “When you lose 5-0, it’s disappointing, the result is maybe a little bit embarrassing. But today, we weren’t 100 per cent with our power as we showed all season.

“We did everything on Monday against Liverpool at home and finished in our minds when we achieved on Tuesday our target for this season.

“Today we tried to get a good balance in 90 minutes, trying to finish the season as best as possible. But we didn’t play consistently, the first half were more or less getting chances. We conceded two goals, but we had some possibilities.

“The second half, we were getting worse and at the end, our minds tried to finish the season.

“We tried to be compete, be strong, be organised as we have been for all the season, but we didn’t do it. We have to accept it, accept how we’ve finished the season and how we achieved our objective.

“Today was the day for Crystal Palace with their supporters because they finished strong here.

“Now it’s to rest and to work better for next season.”

Player ratings (per Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace: Henderson (6), Clyne (6), Andersen (7), Guehi (7), Munoz (8), Wharton (7), Richards (7), Mitchell (7), Olise (8), Eze (8), Mateta (9).

Subs:Edouard (6), Lerma (6), Tomkins (n/a), Riedewald (n/a), Ayew (n/a).

Aston Villa: Olsen (5), Konsa (5), Diego Carlos (5), Duran (5), Digne (5), Chambers (5), Douglas Luiz (6), Lenglet (5), Diaby (6), McGinn (6), Watkins (6).

Subs: Iroegbunam (5), Kellyman (5), Munroe (n/a), Kesler (n/a)

Player of the match: Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Man Utd ‘s 2-0 win away at Brighton meant they finished eighth in the Premier League despite victory.

The hosts did dominate first 60 minutes with Joao Pedro having his close-range effort cleared off the line; Diogo Dalot fired Man Utd into second-half lead before Rasmus Hojlund secured the win and it wasn’t the result De Zerbi wanted for his final game in charge at the Seagulls.

Player ratings (per Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace: Henderson (6), Clyne (6), Andersen (7), Guehi (7), Munoz (8), Wharton (7), Richards (7), Mitchell (7), Olise (8), Eze (8), Mateta (9).

Subs:Edouard (6), Lerma (6), Tomkins (n/a), Riedewald (n/a), Ayew (n/a).

Aston Villa: Olsen (5), Konsa (5), Diego Carlos (5), Duran (5), Digne (5), Chambers (5), Douglas Luiz (6), Lenglet (5), Diaby (6), McGinn (6), Watkins (6).

Subs:Iroegbunam (5), Kellyman (5), Munroe (n/a), Kesler (n/a)

Player of the match:Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi said:

On leaving Brighton: “We didn’t find the right agreement to move on and stay together, but nothing changes for me. I know very well what I want in my life, what I want from football. Football is my life and I can’t change my passion, my target, my style of life.

“I respect the club, I respect everything, and I have to be thankful to Tony Bloom and his family, Paul Barber and the whole club because they gave me the opportunity to work in the Premier League, which is the best league in the world.

“This group of players has been the best in my career in terms of relationships. They gave me the chance to discover Brighton and I have an incredible connection with the city. I love this city and I’ve got a great connection with the fans too.

“I know my DNA, I know my level of my passion, I know what I need to feel good in life and to feel good in my work. There isn’t another club right now. I haven’t had any offers. You can choose if you believe me or not but it’s like this.”

Return to the Premier League one day? “I hope my story in the Premier League is not over. I hope to work in the Premier League again, but I don’t know when or where. It’s been an honour working in the Premier League. The stadiums are incredible and the atmospheres are unique.

“If I have to stay at home for three, four, or five months, it won’t be a problem for me because I will study different games, different teams and different coaches. Every year is different and you have to stay knowledgeable if you want to stay at the top level.

“I hope to find a solution before the season starts but at the moment there isn’t any team.”

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said: “In the first half, we were not 100 per cent in control. At half-time, we made some changes and then the second half was much better. Defending, organisation, pressing was better, but also in possession, we kept the ball better and made good movements in behind.”

On Hojlund’s impact and playing with a false No 9: “The manager and the coaching team have luxury problems, which is good. Both formations [with or without a false No 9] can be a success.

“We can play how we set up at the Etihad where we were a threat with the movement in behind. But with Rasmus Hojlund in this form, it’s absolutely a consideration that we have to take. But we not only need 11 players, we need a bench as well.”

On defenders returning from injuries: “Our position was a nightmare across the season with all the injuries and if you want to have results, one of the foundations of a good team is a centre-back partnership. We didn’t have that so I’m glad we have options for next week. We have to think about qualities but also fitness levels, so we probably need more than two next week.”

This is how fans reacted as Crystal Palace ridicule Brighton with what was shown on screen at Selhurst Park come full time…

@Carefree_Jam: 😭😭😭😭 love that graphic

@LeagoKhutso: I see what you did there, seagulls in the mud

@kathturner64: What a win absolutely fantastic 🤣🤣 And we jump above Brighton could ask for anything more . Congratulations to the whole squad🦅⚽️🔴⚪️🔵⚽️🦅 Boom Boom Boom 💥 x

@StuartOsmond: Great end to the season.Oliver is inspired signing. Hopefully we can keep ours stars and have much more productive season next year.Haven’t felt this positive about a Palace side in years. 😀❤️💙🫶🏻

@Cultureroze: The fact Brighton had a bigger head start than you and you still finished above them is crazy 👏👏👏👏😂

@Nathan_26_: Brighton finished bottom half 😂😂😂

@cpfcmac: HAHAHAHHAHAH 😂😂😂😂😂

@RyanJoshCharles: Wait a minute, am I seeing this right? Us finishing above Brighton? Yea @OfficialBHAFC know you’re place 😂🤡

@PauPauOS: Top 10 finish and above Brighton. Things you live to see 👀 👏

@Zackhedg: @OfficialBHAFC Mind the gap! COYP! ❤️💙🦅🦅

@bryter_skies: Normal service resumed. Mind the GAP 🤣🤣🤣

@Mark_CPFC: Hold thatttt

@Jxmza: Leapfrogged 😂😂

@EagleTweets2: Mind. The. Fucking. Gap. Back where you belong lads #cpfc #bhafc

@jamesburns1990:Let’s all laugh at Brighton, Let’s all laugh at Brighton lalalala lalalala #cpfc #bhafc

@AndrewMartyniuk: 🦅 Palace were behind Brighton in the league for the entire campaign. Except for the first hour of the season and the last hour of the season. ❤️💙 #cpfc #bhafc

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