AN AMERICAN on a "football tour" of the country managed to capture the scenes of Albion fans celebrating Neal Maupay's late equaliser against Crystal Palace.

Justin Wasik has been to a series of games after travelling to the UK from Chicago - and his third stop was Selhurst park for last night's grudge match.

Although Justin was sitting with the home fans, he was supporting The Seagulls throughout the game, which eventually finished 1 - 1.

He filmed Albion fans celebrating wildly after Maupay levelled in the 96th minute - with Palace fans responding furiously.

Justin said: "Maupay's finish was delightful, and the Brighton fans went into a frenzy I had never seen up close.

"I just stared and looked for about five minutes after the final whistle, and some fans told me off thinking I was a Palace fan.

"I didn't care. I couldn't take my eyes off it. It was an incredible experience that I'll never forget."

The Argus: Justin Wasik caught some great footage of Albion players celebrating with the fans.Justin Wasik caught some great footage of Albion players celebrating with the fans.

As a West Ham fan, Justin wanted his London rivals to lose to Albion.


He had hoped to get a ticket in the away end, but was told he would have a better chance of "meeting the queen".

Justin said: "I desperately tried to collect a spare away ticket as I didn't want to cheer for Palace, I'm a West Han fan, but I was laughed at.

"I decided to give up on that endeavour and just go to my seat I bought directly next to the Brighton away end on purpose.

"It was a bit quiet in the ground 20 to 30 or so minutes before, a bit quieter than I thought it would be. But it really began getting loud 15 min before kick-off.

"The atmosphere was great. You could see what this match meant to both sets of fans. Plus, Selhurst is an old, proper ground that really captures the noise of the fans.

"The banter between fans was absolutely hilarious, and I honestly couldn't help but laugh at some of the things that were said. However, once Palace scored, and Zaha went over to the away fans, the tide began to turn, and people became more and more hostile."


Albion fans must have believed that they would be making the trip back down south empty-handed, until a late strike from Neal Maupay.

Justin added: "I think many away fans resigned themselves to a loss before Guaita's goal kick, which was obviously a poor kick the second it came off his foot."

Watch the footage Justin captured here:

From where Justin was sitting, he had a perfect view of the celebrations following Maupay's goal.

His footage Justin shows the full passion of both the fans and Graham Potter's players.

It also shows the anger of Palace fans who had just watched their team throw away a win over their rivals.

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