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Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull City

Crystal Palace moved up to 14th in the Premier League table as Jason Puncheon's first-half goal gave Tony Pulis's side victory over 10-man Hull.

The midfielder rifled home from Yannick Bolasie's cross after his initial shot had been blocked.

Jake Livermore shot wide while new signing Nikica Jelavic drove across goal as Hull improved after the break.

But they could not find a goal before keeper Allan McGregor was sent off late on for kicking out at Stuart O'Keefe.

It capped a disappointing evening for Hull, who have now lost their previous four games in the league and are slipping closer to the relegation places. Steve Bruce's side are 13th, five points above 18th-place West Ham.

In contrast, Crystal Palace's revival since the arrival of Tony Pulis has been impressive.

When he replaced Ian Holloway on 23 November, they were joint bottom of the standings and three points adrift of safety, but they went into this game knowing a win would draw them level on points with the Tigers, who started the day in 11th.

Key to Palace's upturn in form has been a tightened defence which has kept six clean sheets in the 12 games previous Hull's visit.

That statistic was hardly welcome news for Bruce's side, who had not scored in their previous three games, but they did have their new £14m strike partnership of Jelavic and Shane Long together for the first time at Selhurst Park.

The pair were both heavily involved in the opening stages as Jelavic just failed to get on the end of an inviting David Meyler ball, before Long had a strong call for a penalty waved away when he was caught up in the legs of Danny Gabbidon.

But that was as much as was seen from the pair for the remainder of the half as they struggled to combine effectively.

Instead it was the hosts who took the lead with their first shot on target.

Bolasie's pace and persistence saw him get away down the right before crossing for Puncheon, who reacted quickly after his initial header bounced back off team-mate Marouane Chamakh. Puncheon then drove in from the middle of the box for his third goal in his last four Premier League games.

Hull finished the half well, testing Palace keeper Julian Speroni for the first time with the Argentine pushing away Tom Huddlestone's swirling free-kick.

And the visitors improved further after the break with Jelavic making better use of his physicality, smartly chesting down a high ball into the path of Livermore only for the midfielder to snatch at the shot and send it harmlessly wide.

Livermore and Ahmed Elmohamady combined effectively down the right and the introduction of George Boyd for Meyler added further creativity to Hull's attack. Liam Rosenior then stabbed wide from Livermore's ball before Jelavic shot across goal.

But any hopes of snatching an equaliser were ended in stoppage time when McGregor rushed to clear a loose ball but was clattered by an onrushing O'Keefe and the Hull keeper's angry reaction saw him dismissed by referee Roger East.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis said:

"We are pleased. The resilience the players showed was absolutely first class. We were together and showed a lot of spirit.

"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.

"Since the penalty miss against Tottenham, Jason Puncheon has picked himself up and the two games since he has been wonderful."

Hull City manager Steve Bruce said:

"We are totally disappointed we have not taken anything from the game because we did not deserve that. Our night was summed up by the decisions we did not get.

"The chances for Liam Rosenior and Jake Livermore, they are great chances we should be taking. We came here and was absolutely dominating but we come away with nothing.

"You have to be careful because I have just been fined but I'll let everyone else have a look at it, not just the penalty decisions but also to send my goalkeeper off."

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Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 3Mariappa
  • 21Moxey
  • 2Ward
  • 19GabbidonSubstituted forO'Keefeat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27DelaneyBooked at 22mins
  • 7BolasieSubstituted forMcCarthyat 64'minutes
  • 15Jedinak
  • 30JeromeBooked at 83mins
  • 29ChamakhBooked at 63minsSubstituted forWilbrahamat 86'minutes
  • 13Puncheon

Substitutes

  • 5McCarthy
  • 12O'Keefe
  • 16Gayle
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 20Williams
  • 34Price
  • 46Bannan

Hull

  • 1McGregorBooked at 90mins
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 2Rosenior
  • 15McShane
  • 4BruceSubstituted forQuinnat 76'minutes
  • 6Davies
  • 14Livermore
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forBoydat 56'minutes
  • 21Long
  • 18JelavicSubstituted forFryattat 84'minutes
  • 8Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 10Koren
  • 12Fryatt
  • 17Boyd
  • 20Sagbo
  • 22Harper
  • 23Faye
  • 29Quinn
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
22,519

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamHull
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Hull City 0.
Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Dismissal

Allan McGregor (Hull City) is shown the red card for fighting.

Booking

Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Allan McGregor (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Marouane Chamakh.
Matty Fryatt (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Matty Fryatt replaces Nikica Jelavic.
Attempt missed. Shane Long (Hull City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.
Allan McGregor (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

Booking

Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Stuart O'Keefe replaces Daniel Gabbidon.
Attempt missed. George Boyd (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.
Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).
Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces Alex Bruce.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Paul McShane.
Attempt missed. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joel Ward with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Alex Bruce.
Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Boyd with a cross.
Allan McGregor (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jake Livermore.
Attempt saved. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.
Attempt missed. Patrick McCarthy (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Curtis Davies.
Paul McShane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Patrick McCarthy replaces Yannick Bolasie.

Booking

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).
Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Liam Rosenior (Hull City) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Livermore.
goal

As It Stood

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2Man City2216243850
3Chelsea2215432349
4Liverpool2314452946
5Tottenham221345343
6Everton2311931142
7Man Utd2312471140
8Newcastle231148437
9Southampton23887432
10Swansea236611-424
11Aston Villa226610-724
12Norwich236611-1724
13Hull236512-723
14Crystal Palace237214-1623
15West Brom224108-522
16Stoke225710-1422
17Fulham236116-2819
18West Ham224612-1118
19Sunderland224612-1518
20Cardiff234613-2318
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