After the game, Palace captain Jim Cannon was quick to notify the press that it only touched a Brighton hand because he had shoved the player in the back.
That, though, was just the tip of the iceberg as far as controversy went.
but ask any fan of either side, and they will barely want to say the name of Tuesday night's opponents.Here, Alan Mullery reaches his hand deep into his trouser pockets, rips out a handful of coins and tosses them on the grass in front of the opposition support.With just 12 minutes left on the clock, and the Eagles still leading 1-0, Palace's Barry Silkman brought down Chris Cattlin inside the penalty area. Up stepped Brian Horton, who slotted the ball past Paul Hammond in goal.As Brighton wheeled away in celebration, the referee's whistle blew and proceedings were brought to a grinding halt.'Encroachment', he called - and the penalty was to be retaken.
Of course, in the aftermath Cannon claimed it was in fact he who encroached - the Palace captain at it again. Horton stepped up again, but this time the keeper saved and it was Palace's turn to celebrate.This was Venables' chance to get one over on his old foe.That season, the two teams played each other a remarkable five times.In the replay at Selhurst, Venables did the same and Palace salvaged a 1-1 draw.The fans were loving it, turning out in huge numbers despite the low attendances that season.Manchester United will again be without Eric Bailly and Phil Jones as Brighton arrive in Saturday's Premier League encounter.