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November 23, 2013
• Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 23043
B. Bannan 81'
The final whistle is blown and Crystal Palace emerge as unlikely victors thanks to a confidence-boosting 1-0 victory over Hull City this afternoon. I'm Livio Caferoglu and it's goodbye from me!
90' + 4'
INCREDIBLE RESILLIENCE!!!! How on earth has that ball stayed clear of the Palace line?! A corner is swung into the box, and a header is hacked away despite suspicions of handball, before Figueroa forces Speroni into a fine save down to his left with a low shot!
90' + 2'
Livermore hits a hopeful attempt from the edge of the box wayward, and the midfielder looks into the skies - probably admitting defeat in his side's efforts today.
Hull now have only four minutes of added time to salvage something from this game!
The match is currently being played in Palace's half, with the ball being ploughed into their box at will, yet the away team are holding on just about here!
HUDDLESTONEEEEE!!! That volley packed a punch... the former Tottenham man doesn't take a touch and instead smashes a shot at goal which is a fraction wide of the post!
Speroni exudes confidence as he quickly dashes off his line to collect a cross. The Palace end are celebrating Christmas early!
Assist Cameron Jerome
Goal Barry Bannan
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLL!!!! A Hull throw results in Jerome side-stepping Figueroa before curling a wonderful strike towards goal, which McGregor cannot hold onto, and Bannan simply picks up the pieces! Palace may have scored the most important goal of their season if they can hold on!
Red Card Y. Bolasie
RED CARD!!! And it's from the unlikeliest of sources as Bolasie, in the Hull box, takes on the home defence but loses the ball to Livermore, and he sends a crunching tackle into the side of the loanee in a bid to wrestle back possession - a lunge which the referee has no choice but to send off the winger.
Boyd tries a snapshot from some way out, and unsurprisingly it can only reach the orbit. The sparks have sadly died down in these last few minutes.
Dikagcoi, on a yellow card, is not worth the risk going into the last 15 minutes in Yorkshire and is replaced by fellow midfielder O'Keefe.
The south Londoners are at sixes and sevens as they make a royal hash of clearing their lines from a Tigers corner, which Sagbo comes close to making a clean connection with!
HULL HIT BACK! Koren is found by a team-mate in space near the Palace D, and he takes a snapshot which is deflected over Speroni for a corner.
OOOOH JEROME!! Fantastic football from the burly striker as he makes mincemeat of three Hull stoppers before letting fly from the edge of the box, and the resulting shot is a matter of inches over the crossbar!
Yellow Card Tom Huddlestone
Sagbo is - for the umpteenth time today - marshalled by two Palace shirts as soon as he finds himself in possession of the ball, with a throw the best he can conjure up for his team.
PALACE SPRING INTO LIFE! That's exactly what the doctor ordered... first up Gayle is fed by Bannan down the right and fires a shot which swerves over the bar, before Bolasie comes even closer by dragging an attempt just wide of the post!
Hull have definitely looked less dynamic since Brady's exit from the match during the interval. Graham has yet to break his duck for the Tigers, and it's showing more than ever in his 15 minutes of action.
McShane, the other party involved in the early clash of heads with Chamakh, trudges off to be replaced by the more attack-minded Rosenior.
TWO MORE CHANCES! Firstly, Jerome comes a whisker away from heading Palace into the lead, before Huddlestone unleashes a shot from distance just over the bar.
Yellow Card Kagisho Dikgacoi
Dikagoi throws an arm into the chest of Huddlestone, who takes a tumble near the left touchline, and is subsequently booked for his piece of foul play. Meanwhile, Bolasie breaks clear after bringing down a clearance, but his drilled cross is hooked to safety!
BEST CHANCE OF THE GAME!!! Boyd turns two Palace players inside-out with a deft turn and threads Sagbo through with an inch-perfect pass, yet the striker can only shoot straight at Speroni in a one-on-one!
A long ball is floated over the Hull backline, and Bolasie finds Jedinak beside him in an advanced position, but the Australian panics and ends up squandering possession.
Figueroa is no fool as he reinforces his ownership of the left flank by flying into Bolasie. The resulting corner amounts to nothing.
A rather uneventful re-start to proceedings here, with only Ward rolling to the ground from a strong Boyd challenge of note so far.
We're back under way at the KC Stadium.
The players take to the pitch for a second time today, with the second half fast approaching!
HALF-TIME SCORE: Hull City 0-0 Crystal Palace - join us in 15 minutes for continued coverage of the second period!
45' + 3'
Yellow Card Ahmed El Mohamady
45' + 3'
Elmohamady ruthlessly slides into his marker to concede a Palace free kick to the left of the Hull box. Nonetheless, the whistle is soon blown to signal half time!
45' + 2'
Brady bends a corner into the box, and McShane sees his header bounce off a Palace shirt for another bite of the cherry. The second attempt, however, is quickly wasted.
45' + 1'
Three minutes of added time will be played.
Palace have executed their plan to mark Sagbo out of the game expertly this afternoon. The attacker is instantly crowded out as soon as he gets a sniff, but it makes you wonder why he isn't being given more support by his team-mates.
Elmohamady is quite ludicrously pulled up for a foul throw. You don't see those happen that often, even more so at this level of football!
BOYD!!!! The left winger wastes no time as he latches onto a loose ball from a speculative Elmohamady cross and rifles home a shot which deflects into Speroni's gloves.
Hull spread the ball around the Palace box intelligently, yet Figueroa's low cross cannot beat the first man. The Honduran is presented with another crossing opportunity moments later, but this time Speroni comes forward to collect his floated cross.
Jerome almost makes an instant impact but can only force a goal kick as Elmohamady reads his run to perfection. The substitute really ought to have released the ball earlier.
Chamakh cannot carry on as his head injury proves too much for him as he breaks down again, and in his place comes one of Pulis' former disciples at Stoke in Jerome.
Palace win two corners in quick succession, yet neither can truly test the Hull defence. No signs of either deadlock being broke just yet.
Huddlestone, who has been ineffective so far, almost plays in Boyd with a through ball, but the Scotland international is adjudged offside.
Davies protests his innocence after seemingly tripping up Gayle en route to goal. However, the referee is not interested in the Arsenal youth product's decision to go down and the ball eventually reaches McGregor.
Bolasie's influence is quickly growing as he wins a free kick on the edge of the box after being hacked down by Boyd. However, the set-piece is to no avail.
There's some conflict within a small minority of Hull fans, who display the banner 'We Are City' in response to the club's proposed name change to Hull Tigers. Their chairman Aseem Allam looks on unerringly.
A Hull cross is sent in from the right wing and Brady manages to sneak in a header at the back post, but it's just wide of the target.
The winger switches to the left-hand side this time and does particularly well to evade Elmohamady and fire a shot at goal which, despite not testing McGregor, whistles only a few yards wide of goal.
Bolasie is continually looking for one-twos on the right wing, with his latest crack almost coming off. However, Livermore is alert to the danger and he breaks up the attack for an eventual corner to his team. End-to-end stuff here!
Both sides have passed the ball around sharply, with a minimal amount of long ball being witnessed in the opening stages. Nonetheless, the quality is lacking distinctly in their respective final thirds.
Curse of the commentator there... it appears that the forward's bandage has somehow fallen to the ground, and he attracts another pause in play to reattach it, with blood still present.
A bandage is wrapped around the bloody forehead of Chamakh, who returns to the field of play without any fuss. That's the spirit, Marouane!
Brady leaves Moxey for dead down the left flank, as the full-back slips up in a bid to catch up with the Ireland starlet, but his cross cannot match his initial run.
A ball is whipped into the box, amidst a melee of jerseys, yet Speroni is there to gather the ball confidently.
It appears that the Moroccan has come off worse for wear following the challenge, and Cameron Jerome quickly changes into his playing gear.
SAGBOOOO! The attacker is in the clear after getting the beating of the Palace backline, but he can only steer a low shot just wide of the target from a tight angle! However, it wouldn't have counted anyway as Chamakh and McShane both require treatment after wholeheartedly colliding in the air.
Hull get the match under way going from right-to-left in their home strip.
The players spill out onto the pitch, with kick-off now imminent! Tony Pulis has taken to his seat in the stands - can his mere presence inspire a positive performance from his new charges for only their second league victory of the season?
On the other hand, an ex-Palace boss has led their opponents to an impressive midtable spot. Hull's Steve Bruce, who controversially walked out on the Londoners after just five months in charge, has overseen a haul of 14 points this term since last season's promotion from the Championship, with 11 of those being collected at the KC Stadium.
It's been a long and arduous task, searching for Ian Holloway's successor, but earlier this afternoon Tony Pulis was finally confirmed as the man to salvage Palace's season and guide them towards Premier League survival. The former Stoke manager has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Selhurst Park.
Hull welcome back Allan McGregor in goal following the custodian's swift return from his thigh injury. Robbie Brady and Robert Koren are also available once more, but Stephen Quinn is out after picking up a hamstring knock while representing Republic of Ireland midweek. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, make just the single change, replacing Jerome Thomas with Dwight Gayle in attack.
Last but not least, we have the division's basement boys: Speroni; Moxey, Gabbidon, Delaney, Ward; Bannan, Jedinak, Dikagcoi, Bolasie; Gayle, Chamakh.
Right, let's look at the two teams - starting with the hosts: McGregor; Elmohamady, Davies, McShane, Figueroa; Huddlestone, Livermore; Boyd, Koren, Brady; Sagbo.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League encounter involving new boys Hull City and Crystal Palace! I'm Livio Caferoglu and I'll be guiding you through all the action as it happens at the KC Stadium.
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