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Hull City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Mohamed Diame
Mohamed Diame scored his third goal since joining from West Ham on transfer deadline day
  • Hull win for the first time since beating QPR on opening day
  • Neil Warnock's four-game unbeaten run as Palace boss ended
  • Mohamed Diame scores third goal in four Palace games
  • Nikica Jelavic is on target for the fourth time this season

Hull picked up three points for the first time since the opening day of the season with a hard-fought win over Crystal Palace.

Tigers' midfielder Mohamed Diame powered a header past Julian Speroni on the hour-mark to break the deadlock.

Nikica Jelavic's fourth goal of the season late on secured a much-needed 2-0 victory for Steve Bruce's side.

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Defender Damien Delaney came closest for Palace but his header was cleared off the line by Liam Rosenior.

It was just about deserved for the home side, who came to life at the end of a lacklustre first half and were the better side after the interval.

Palace are something of a bogey team for Hull - the Tigers had beaten them only once in their previous 15 meetings.

And for the opening 40 minutes it looked like that run would continue as Hull struggled to break down a well-organised Eagles side unbeaten in four league games since Neil Warnock took over at the end of August.

Despite Palace defender Scott Dann having to be carried off on a stretcher with suspected medial ligament damage after 11 minutes, the visitors played the better football early on and looked dangerous on the break.

The one thing they failed to do, though, was trouble Steve Harper, the 39-year-old making his first league start of the season because of an injury to Hull number one Allan McGregor.

The home side, reverting to their tried and trusted 3-5-2 formation, sparked into life on 38 minutes when Abel Hernandez exchanged passes with Diame inside the box and slid a shot inches wide.

The striker, signed on transfer deadline day for a club record £10m from Palermo, had scored in his previous two home games but could not repeat the trick, missing another decent opening on the stroke of half time.

Nikica Jelavic
Hull City's Nikica Jelavic has also scored against Newcastle, Aston Villa and Stoke this season

But it set the tone for the second half with Hull's tails up and sensing a breakthrough.

That duly came on the hour when impressive Scottish international wing-back Andrew Robertson, one of several Hull summer signings, whipped in a left-wing cross and Diame gave Speroni no chance from 10 yards with a bullet header.

It was Diame's third goal in four games since joining from West Ham.

Hull's Mohamed Diame on his scoring run
"I am happy about scoring another goal. I am a midfielder and all midfielders need to score. It is important for my confidence. I am happy and hopeful I can score more."

Harper was called into action when he acrobatically tipped over Yannick Bolasie's blistering long range drive.

Nevertheless, Hull were in control and made sure of victory when Jelavic struck, firing a low shot past Speroni from Tom Huddlestone's pass.

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Hull City 2-0 Crystal Palace: Warnock questions referee consistency

Palace almost grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but Delaney's header from a corner was cleared off the line.

It was Hull's first win on home soil since April and Palace's first league away defeat since a 2-1 reverse at Arsenal on the opening day when Keith Millen was caretaker boss.

Hull City 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. It is nice to get back to winning ways."

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "In the 40th minute there was a blatant elbow from Michael Dawson on Fraizer Campbell. I have seen red cards given for less than that and the referee doesn't even see it.

"It is OK the ref seeing pulling shirts but the elbows are the ones you've got to spot, and he is one of our top referees. I can't understand it."

Neil Warnock and Steve Bruce
Rival managers Neil Warnock and Steve Bruce share a joke before kick off
Jason Puncheon and Andrew Robertson
Palace's Jason Puncheon had a good tussle with Hull's Scottish international wing back Andrew Robertson
Assem Allam
Hull City owner Assem Allam was cheerful before kick off, despite saying he won't put any more money in the club unless he gets his way over a name change to Hull Tigers
Joel Ward and Mohamed Diame
Hull goalscorer Mohamed Diame muscles Palace left back Joel Ward off the ball
Fraizer Campbell and Curtis Davies
Palace striker Fraizer Campbell, who scored 15 goals on loan at Hull in the 2007-08, battles with Tigers skipper Curtis Davies

Line-ups

Hull

  • 22Harper
  • 5Chester
  • 21Dawson
  • 6Davies
  • 27ElmohamadySubstituted forBruceat 90+2'minutes
  • 17Diamé
  • 14LivermoreBooked at 35mins
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 26RobertsonSubstituted forRoseniorat 81'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forRamírezat 76'minutes
  • 18Jelavic

Substitutes

  • 2Rosenior
  • 4Bruce
  • 11Brady
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 25Ramírez
  • 29Quinn
  • 34Ben Arfa

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 34Kelly
  • 6DannSubstituted forMariappaat 12'minutesBooked at 55mins
  • 27Delaney
  • 2Ward
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forGayleat 70'minutes
  • 15Jedinak
  • 28Ledley
  • 42Puncheon
  • 10CampbellBooked at 44minsSubstituted forChamakhat 64'minutes
  • 7Bolasie

Substitutes

  • 3Mariappa
  • 8Guédioura
  • 9Doyle
  • 11Zaha
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Gayle
  • 29Chamakh
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
24,281

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 2, Crystal Palace 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Crystal Palace 0.

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Alex Bruce replaces Ahmed Elmohamady because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 2, Crystal Palace 0. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

Gastón Ramírez (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Liam Rosenior replaces Andrew Robertson.

Michael Dawson (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Gastón Ramírez replaces Abel Hernández.

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Damien Delaney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Steve Harper.

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Joel Ward.

Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces James McArthur.

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ledley.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Marouane Chamakh replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Crystal Palace 0. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

goal

As It Stood

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2Man City7421147714
3Southampton6411114713
4Swansea7322108211
5Arsenal6240117410
6Liverpool73131010010
7Aston Villa731349-510
8Hull7232111109
9Leicester72321112-19
10Man Utd622211928
11Sunderland71518718
12Tottenham62228718
13West Brom722389-18
14Crystal Palace72231012-28
15Stoke722368-28
16West Ham6213101007
17Everton61321214-26
18Newcastle7043714-74
19Burnley7043310-74
20QPR6114413-94
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