Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun scored immediately after coming on as 10-man Brighton secured a 3-1 win over rivals Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday.
Glenn Murray fired the Seagulls ahead against his former club from the penalty spot on 24 minutes but that positive start was undone within four minutes by Shane Duffy’s dismissal for a head-butt on Patrick van Aanholt.
Introduced to shore up the Brighton defence, Balogun doubled their lead with his first touch 25 seconds after coming on, before another substitute, Murray’s replacement Florin Andone, made it three in first-half stoppage time.
Luka Milivojevic pulled one back from the penalty spot on 81 minutes but it was too little, too late for Palace, who failed to lay a glove on the 10 men of Brighton.
The victory lifts Chris Hughton’s side up to 10th in the Premier League, nine points and five places clear of Palace, who drop to 15th.