REPORT: Hull v Crystal palace

Written by HullCityJournals

A football game of what you expect to be pure rubbish could go down as a game of the season as both bottom-half table teams, Hull and Palace went head-to-head. Manchester derby? El clasico? No. Tigers vs Eagles. It doesn’t quite have the same ring does it? An enthralling 3-bit comeback made way for thousands of fans to be happy.

The first quarter of an hour was an exciting time, both teams getting shots away, the silky Zaha danced his way through the KCOM defence before shooting at Marshall. Diomande then had a chance with a defence-splitting ball from Livermore. Palace’s keeper came out fast and spread himself well, pushing the ball wide for a corner. It was the home side who took the lead first. The super Scot was playing as a centre forward for this game, and many fans wondered how he would have an impact on this game, but he did. A strong burst into the box by the number 10, who was anticipating a challenge from Scott Dann and threw himself to the ground, yes a dive. ‘Snoddy’ picked himself up and took the penalty, a smashing spot-kick into the top left corner. Robert has apologised on social media for his mistake. In my opinion this could have been seen as, not fair, but a consolation from the Referee as it looked as though we wasn’t allowed to touch their players. The only decision we got from the referee.

Hull 1-0 Palace

The first half was arguably the best first half we have played, Tom Huddlestone shone on his return to midfield, He ran the show. Width-wide passes to ‘Robbo’ and Elmohamady made Palace be cautious on their flanks.

The start of the second and the glaziers got their revenge, the man who earned the penalty, then gave one away on the away sides best player, Zaha. A trip by Snodgrass at the edge of the box allowed Benteke to stroke the ball home to the right bottom corner from 12 yards, Marshall went the wrong way.

Hull 1-1 Palace

The away team took the lead a later 20 minutes. A corner was taken but cleared away to Zaha. He looked as though he was stuck, until a moment of skill came into his head. He swerved and faked both right and left, before bursting past 2 on-rushing defenders. An unexpected thunderbolt rocketed into Marshall’s near post, an absolute extraordinary shot landed in the roof of the net. Wonderful to watch!

Hull 1-2 Palace

Just like Hull did against Newcastle, a goal from the kick-off, Dawson hitting a ball up to Elmo, who actually had a decent game for once, headed it back down ‘big Harry’ who squared a pass to Diomande, who used strength to hold Dann off, turn the ball through his legs cheekily before slotting a low chip over the ‘keeper.

Hull 2-2 Palace

Hull not so long took the lead again after, Livermore played a 1-2 with ‘Snods’ allowing him to break into the area. He faked right and scooted left dashing past various opposing players, he left Cabaye heading for outer-space! The midfielder Jake just managed to push it between the ‘keepers hand and post, from 15 yards it dribbled into the corner, surely this would end the bad drought?

Hull 3-2 Palace

An ex-tiger who won promotion for the first time with the club.  Fraizer Campbell came on from the bench, surely not? Boos rang around the stadium, this gave me a gut feeling of him silencing the boos, and so he did. Zaha this time was the provider with a delicious ball plumped onto the head of the former assisted to ‘Deano’s’ spectacular volley to promote us.  A header back down across the goal set the end of the game, Marshall seemed to have looked into Medusa’s eyes as he turned still and didn’t attempt, a great cross and great header, nothing anyone could do.

Hull 3-3 Palace

A much deserved point although it felt like a loss due to the last-minute equalizer, however, it is another point,  we must play 3-5-2 again!

Hull fans, what did you make of the game? Let us know in the comments below!