NO ARRESTS were made at Albion’s away trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

It is the first time this season trouble has not dominated the headlines, with the football itself taking centre stage as the Seagulls were beaten in a 3-2 thriller.

Extra officers were deployed by the Metropolitan Police for the match after two heated affairs at the Amex.

The first time the sides met in more than four years was in the Premier League in November 2017 – an evening marred by controversy.

Five men and a boy were arrested in connection with public order offences, and tensions were heightened ahead of Saturday’s game after Crystal Palace Supporters’ Trust lodged an official complaint against Sussex Police for their handling of the tie.

In a 23-point letter from solicitors, the trust claim officers were “aggressive” and beat some fans with batons.

Members of the force are also accused of “kettling” the away fans at the 0-0 draw on November 28, and one officer allegedly told a fan to urinate against a wall because there were no toilets close.

Superintendent Simon Nelson, the matchday commander for the game, was criticised for his role in the aftermath.

He said in a statement that Palace fans were armed with knives and knuckledusters, though this was later declared false by the force.

The force’s Professional Standards Department is assessing the complaint to determine how it will be investigated.

A further six arrests were made when the sides met in the FA Cup third round in January, though police said the evening passed “without any major incidents”.

More than 600 officers from Sussex Police were on duty in the city centre and at the Amex to prevent a replay of the fiery scenes from the previous fixture.

The Metropolitan Police said there were no arrests made in connection with Saturday’s match at Selhurst Park.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police would not tell The Argus if the force believed the was connected with the bolstered presence of officers.

He said: “I’m told there were no arrests at the game on Saturday.

“We won’t be commenting any further.”

Saturday’s match ended in a 3-2 victory for the Eagles, with all the goals being scored in the first half.

Palace are now one point behind Albion, who have a game in hand as the season draws to a close.

Albion are 13th in their debut Premier League campaign, seven points above the relegation zone.

Next up for the Seagulls is a home game against Tottenham – the start of a tough run-in which sees them take on the top four teams in the league.