- Crystal Palace vs Hull

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Tuesday 28 January 2014 | Selhurst Park | Referee: Roger East | Attendance 22,519

Crystal Palace
  • Jason Puncheon (16)
Crystal Palace
1 - 0

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A third successive home victory lifted Crystal Palace five points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Hull City.

Jason Puncheon's third Barclays Premier League goal of the season was enough to seal the win at Selhurst Park, the 27-year-old reacting quickly after his initial effort had been blocked by the Hull defence. Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Liam Rosenior all went close for Steve Bruce’s side but they were unable to beat Julian Speroni in the Palace goal.

The win moves the Eagles up two places in the table to 14th and level on points with their opponents, who have lost their four Barclays Premier League matches since last month's 6-0 thrashing of Fulham.

Jonathan Parr was forced out through injury and replaced by Dean Moxey at left-back for Tony Pulis's side, while Shane Long made his Hull debut up front alongside Nikica Jelavic.

The away side started the better and after surviving an early miss by Mile Jedinak. In the 16th minute, Yannick Bolaise broke down the right and delivered a perfect cross onto the head of Puncheon. The player's first effort was blocked but he made no mistake with the rebound and lashed it into the top corner.

Pulis’s side continued to dominate the remainder of the half, Hull goalkeeper Alan McGregor smartly saving Jedinak's long-range free-kick. Huddlestone came closest for Bruce’s side in first-half injury time but his 30-yard free-kick was punched away by Speroni.

Livermore nearly gave the Tigers a boost in the opening minutes of the second half, but after shrugging off the attentions of a Palace defender he fired over from the edge of the penalty area.

The visitors pushed forward in search of an equaliser and Rosenior wasted an excellent chance in the 63rd minute. After a superb run down the right by Livermore, the Tottenham loanee's cut-back was met by Rosenior but his effort flew wide.

Long had Hull's final chance to earn a point but, after rising above the London’s side defence, he headed over at the back post, and their night went from bad to worse when McGregor was dismissed in injury time for an incident involving Stuart O'Keefe.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: "We are pleased. The resilience the players showed tonight was absolutely first-class. We were together and showed a lot of spirit. We have been really pleased with Puncheon because, since the penalty miss, he has picked himself up and the two games since he has been wonderful.

"We are pleased but we have seen again today that we have played a team with a lot of quality. We have 23 points, we need another 17 and it is going to be difficult, we know that."

Hull manager Steve Bruce: "We played well, Palace didn't create a chance but we go home with nothing."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Julian Speroni 8.75 5.52
3. Adrian Mariappa 8.75 4.18
21. Dean Moxey 8.75 4.73
19. Daniel Gabbidon 8.0 4.66
27. Damien Delaney 9.25 4.69
2. Joel Ward 8.25 5.08
7. Yannick Bolasie 8.0 5.15
13. Jason Puncheon 8.5 5.28
15. Mile Jedinak 8.5 5.56
29. Marouane Chamakh 7.75 5.66
30. Cameron Jerome 8.25 4.29
Substitutes All Fans BFR
20. Jonathan Williams 5.0 4.92
5. Patrick McCarthy 7.5 7.17
18. Aaron Wilbraham 7.5 5.27
46. Barry Bannan 7.5 4.47
34. Lewis Price 8.0 2.46
12. Stuart O'Keefe 7.5 4.44
16. Dwight Gayle 5.0 5.56
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Allan McGregor 0.8 5.41
15. Paul McShane 2.5 3.9
4. Alex Bruce 2.5 4.29
6. Curtis Davies 3.0 5.07
14. Jake Livermore 4.5 6.03
7. David Meyler 3.0 5.08
2. Liam Rosenior 8.0 5.11
27. Ahmed Elmohamady 4.0 5.45
8. Tom Huddlestone 2.5 5.85
18. Nikica Jelavic 0.0 5.24
21. Shane Long 0.0 5.88
Substitutes All Fans BFR
12. Matty Fryatt 0.0 3.27
10. Robert Koren - 4.98
29. Stephen Quinn 0.0 4.18
23. Abdoulaye Faye - 4.29
17. George Boyd 1.0 4.49
20. Yannick Sagbo - 5.26
22. Steve Harper - 4.59

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