Glenn Murray was stetchered off as the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final between Crystal Palace and Brighton finished 0-0 at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles, who only clung on to a place in the top six with a first win in 10 matches last weekend, managed to cancel out their arch-rivals in the first leg. But they surely face an uphill task when they head down the M23 for Monday's second leg after 30-goal top scorer Murray was stretchered off.
The former Seagulls striker collapsed in agony after appearing to get his studs caught in the turf in the second half, and his play-off campaign looks over.
In contrast to Palace, Brighton came into the game on the back of a nine-match unbeaten run. And it was clear in the first half which team was in form with Brighton opening up a nervous-looking Palace side with their trademark slick passing.
Wayne Bridge skipped past Joel Ward and crossed for Leonardo Ulloa six yards out, but the Argentinian striker headed wastefully wide.