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Saturday 4 October 2014 | The KC Stadium | Referee: Mike Dean | Attendance 24,281

  • Mohamed Diamé (60)
  • Nikica Jelavic (89)
2 - 0
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace

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Hull City secured a first Barclays Premier League win since the opening day of the season in a 2-0 triumph over Crystal Palace at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce's side had gone five top-flight matches without winning before Saturday's clash but second-half goals from Mohamed Diame and Nikica Jelavic ended that run.

Bruce has bemoaned Hull's recent inability to hold onto leads after throwing away winning positions against Stoke City, West Ham United and Newcastle United already this season.

But they were good value for a win which eradicates the memories of Palace's league double over the Tigers last term.

City made the breakthrough on the hour mark when Diame met Andrew Robertson's superb cross for his third goal since joining from West Ham.

The hosts' maiden league win on home soil of 2014-15 was confirmed in the closing stages thanks to a composed finish from Jelavic, as Hull inflicted a first top-flight defeat on Neil Warnock since returning for a second spell as Palace manager.

Bruce made two changes to his starting side with Steve Harper deputising for shoulder-injury victim Allan McGregor in goal, while centre-back James Chester replaced full-back Liam Rosenior in a move back to the Tigers' previously successful 3-5-2 system.

Hull almost made the breakthrough in the second minute when Ahmed Elmohamady, restored to a favoured wing-back role, crossed from the right and found Jelavic at the back post, but the striker headed over the crossbar.

The Eagles had gone into the game with the same starting side for a third Barclays Premier League outing in succession, but Warnock was forced into a change as Scott Dann appeared to jar his knee in blocking Tom Huddlestone's shot and was replaced by Adrian Mariappa.

The hosts finished the half just as strong and went close after superb interplay between Diame and Abel Hernandez led to the former drilling wide from a tight angle.

Hernandez then turned Robertson's cross wide with the lurking Jelavic perhaps better-placed to apply the finish.

Both of the London side's goals in last weekend's 2-0 home win to Leicester City came from Jason Puncheon set-pieces. And the winger's deliveries proved dangerous as Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak headers threatened.

Palace's early second-half pressure waned, though, and Hull deservedly moved ahead in the 60th minute.

The ball was deflected wide to Robertson on the left and his excellent whipped cross was met by Diame who got between the Palace centre-backs to thunder his header past Julian Speroni.

Bolasie tested 39-year-old Harper's reflexes with a stinging 25-yard drive, but Bruce's side made the points safe a minute from time as Jelavic was released by Jake Livermore and kept his cool to move onto his right foot and slot home.

Hull manager Steve Bruce: "It was an important result for us because it has been so unlike us in recent weeks to let leads slip and concede goals.

"We've had success by being resolute and difficult to beat. So the clean sheet pleased me because we have worked hard and gone back to a tried and tested 3-5-2 system, and it worked.

"We have some tough games coming up against Arsenal and Liverpool, which is an awful run of games, but that's the league we are in. It is important to get to the amount of points we have, though we could have been in a far better position."

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "The first goal was always going to be vital and we didn't take our chances.

"If the players can continue to give me what they gave today then I can't complain. We upped our game after we conceded. We could have done a little bit more before that I think.

"When you lose a game of football at this level, you are all disappointed and that's how it should be."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
22. Steve Harper 6.5 5.09
5. James Chester 4.0 4.89
21. Michael Dawson 4.0 5.16
6. Curtis Davies 8.0 5.17
17. Mohamed Diamé 5.5 5.45
27. Ahmed Elmohamady 9.5 5.02
8. Tom Huddlestone 8.0 5.41
14. Jake Livermore 8.0 5.35
26. Andrew Robertson 4.5 4.57
9. Abel Hernández 9.0 5.69
18. Nikica Jelavic 9.5 5.56
Substitutes All Fans BFR
16. Eldin Jakupovic - 5.81
2. Liam Rosenior 7.0 3.55
4. Alex Bruce 7.0 5.96
29. Stephen Quinn - 4.63
34. Hatem Ben Arfa - 4.83
11. Robbie Brady - 5.12
25. Gastón Ramírez 7.0 4.73
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Julian Speroni 6.0 5.81
6. Scott Dann 6.0 5.27
2. Joel Ward 6.0 5.45
27. Damien Delaney 7.0 5.14
34. Martin Kelly 6.0 5.29
18. James McArthur 6.0 5.55
15. Mile Jedinak 7.0 5.81
28. Joe Ledley 6.0 5.28
10. Fraizer Campbell 6.0 5.15
42. Jason Puncheon 6.0 5.12
7. Yannick Bolasie 7.0 5.73
Substitutes All Fans BFR
16. Dwight Gayle - 6.04
13. Wayne Hennessey - 4.37
29. Marouane Chamakh 0.0 5.17
9. Kevin Doyle - 5.33
3. Adrian Mariappa 1.0 4.63
8. Adlène Guédioura - 4.6
11. Wilfried Zaha - 5.77

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