Jordan Ayew secured all three points and all of the bragging rights as his goal secured a 1-0 win for Crystal Palace against Brighton on Saturday.
Although the origins of the rivalry might be somewhat ambiguous, the joy etched on the faces of the travelling Eagles supporters when Ayew stroked the ball past Mat Ryan in the Brighton goal.
It was a scrappy game in truth, with both sides guilty of squandering several clear-cut chances. The most note-worthy incident of the first half actually took place off the pitch as Brighton substitute Ezequiel Schelotto was shown a yellow card – despite not being on the pitch – after kicking the ball at Wilfried Zaha in the 27th minute.
The Seagulls perhaps should have broken the deadlock in the 55th minute but Neal Maupay fired straight at goalkeeper Vicente Guaita when through on goal.
But the deadlock was finally broken when Christian Benteke played in Ayew and he swept the ball past goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.
The defeat for Graham Potter’s men means they are lingering ominously above the drop zone, with West Ham United at home to Southampton at 3pm.
But the Eagles find themselves comfortably in mid-table, secure in the knowledge they have claimed the bragging rights in the M23 derby – for another season at least.
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