Glenn Murray confident FA Cup victor wouldn't be foiled by VAR

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There were plenty of football fans tuning into Brighton vs Crystal Palace in the hope to watch VAR being used in English football for the first time.

Glenn Murray scored a contentious late winning goal, reviewed by Neil Swarbrick, sitting in a control room at the Premier League's match centre in west London, before being ruled as above board despite initial suggestions of a handball.

The Video Assistant Referee format will also be used at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening when Chelsea entertain Arsenal in their Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg.

Brighton bossed the first half possession and Wayne Hennessey needed to be on his toes to push away a Solly March header, though Palace later responded with a Bakary Sako effort saved by Tim Krul.

"They seemed to be incensed, and from our angle it looks as if he's guided the ball in with his arm".

In fact VAR can only be used to review Goals (and whether there was a violation during the build-up), Penalty Decisions, straight Red Cards (second yellows can't be reviewed) and Mistaken Identity in the case of a red or yellow card being awarded to the wrong player.

But Hodgson says he has been told by chairman Steve Parish that Zaha will not be sold this month as Palace look to survive relegation after a catastrophic start to the campaign.

"To have Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend leave on crutches is the bitterest blow".

After Murray scored what proved to be the victor a discussion took place between Marriner and Swarbrick. I had a few spiteful comments to the referee on the way in, but that's just my nature, I'm afraid.

Having played four games in the space of nine days, a number of players showed signs of fatigue late on in the game last weekend, with Hughton having confirmed he will make a number of changes to the starting line-up in two days time.

"Especially in the Premier League, the brand is based on its physicality and its speed and that is what the world likes to see", said Brighton's Murray. I think it was a genuine goal'.

"It's a hard question, because everything matters; people's state of mind and the way they are feeling about themselves - most of our work [as the coaching team] is based around trying to get the players into a frame of mind where they feel good about themselves".

Hopefully it has made the right decision.

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