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15:56 17th March 2012

Palace 0 Hull 0

Dougie Freedman made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Burnley as Dean Moxey replaced Darren Ambrose and Jonny Williams returned from his long injury lay-off in place of the suspended Wilfried Zaha.

Despite the return of the two fans' favourites though it was Hull, fresh from a 3-0 win play-off rivals Cardiff, who started the better with both Josh King and Robert Koren pressing the Palace defence in the early stages. Glenn Murray headed wide early on from Jonathan Parr's cross but Hull had the best chance of the opening exchanges when King turned Paddy McCarthy well only to fire just wide of Julian Speroni's post.

King then should have given his side the lead when he broke into the box but dallied and shot tamely, allowing Anthony Gardner to get in the block. Down the other end a clever one-two between Parr and Chris Martin saw the full-back find Martin on the edge of the box but his shot was weak and comfortably saved by Vito Mannone.

The game continued to flow from end to end and Murray twice came close to latching on to good crosses from Parr only to be denied by the centre-half pairing of Jack Chester and Jack Hobbs. Palace were stacking up the corners and perhaps the best chance of the half came when Martin's set-piece found Mile Jedinak unmarked at the back post only for the Australian to head over.

Martin was in the action once again moments later as he latched onto Nathaniel Clyne's near post cross but could only volley over as despite Palace's late pressure the sides went in at half-time level.

Nathaniel Clyne

Williams began to impose himself in the second half and, after some neat footwork and link-up play with Dean Moxey, he crossed for Murray but again Mannone got down quickly to save comfortably. Hull reminded Freedman's side of their threat when substitute Tom Cairney struck goal-wards but Speroni tipped over and then dealt with the corner too.

Freedman introduced Sean Scannell from the bench and the youngster almost had an immediate impact as he played in Martin who couldn't find the target despite being well placed. Kyle De Silva was the next to be introduced from the bench and, after Martin and Jermaine Easter had linked-up cleverly, he shot wide from the edge of the area.

Kyle De Silva

Robert Koren came close to breaking the deadlock late on but couldn't hit the target from the edge of the box and, although Scannell tried his best with a direct run from deep late on, the final ten minutes came and went without incident as both teams settled for a point.


Crystal Palace: 1. Julian Speroni, 2. Nathaniel Clyne, 4. Jonathan Parr, 5, Paddy McCarthy, 6. Anthony Gardner, 15. Mile Jedinak, 17. Glenn Murray (19. Jermaine Easter '77), 20. Jonny Williams (36. Kyle De Silva '71), 21. Dean Moxey (11. Sean Scannell '61), 28. Stuart O'Keefe, 35. Chris Martin

Subs: 34. Lewis Price, 8. Kagisho Dikgacoi

Hull: 28. Vito Mannone, 2. Liam Rosenior, 3. Andy Dawson, 4. Paul McKenna, 5. Jack Chester, 6. Jack Hobbs, 7. Cameron Stewart (12. Matty Fryatt '64), 8. Corry Evans (14. Tom Cairney '46), 9. Aaron McLean, 10. Robert Koren, 27. Josh King (17. Robbie Brady '74)

Subs: 24. Peter Gulacsi, 19. Joe Dudgeon

Attendance: 13,324 (Away: 949)

    Data provided by Press Association