Hull City 3 – 3 Crystal Palace

Hull City v CP 10/12/16
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Reviewed by Will Eldridge (Twitter: @willgeorgejourn)

Fraizer Campbell scored an 89th-minute equaliser, when Crystal Palace drew 3-3 with Hull in an exciting game at the KCOM Stadium. The draw will do little to ease the relegation fears of either team, but a point apiece was perhaps the fair result after both teams contributed to a thrilling match.

Palace made the brighter start and created the first opportunity, when Wilfried Zaha’s cross-shot was expertly tipped wide by David Marshall. Hull responded – creating an opportunity when Adama Diomande was played through, but Wayne Hennessey did well to sprint off his line and block the shot. However Hull took the lead in controversial circumstances on 27 minutes.

Robert Snodgrass collided with Scott Dann in the area, prompting referee Mike Jones to point to the spot. However, replays showed there was minimal contact between the two players, with a furious Dann booked for his protests. Snodgrass kept his composure to fire the spot-kick past Hennessey, to put Hull in front.

The Eagles levelled at the start of the second half but, on this occasion, the penalty looked a lot more clear-cut. Goal-scorer Snodgrass tripped Zaha in the area, and Christian Benteke calmly beat Marshall for his eighth goal of the season.

Hull City v CP 10/12/16 Fraizer Campbell celebrates his late equaliser Photo: ©Neil Everitt 07970 789228

Benteke’s goal seemed to fire up both sides, with chances being created at either end. Diomande fired just wide for Hull, before Zaha drew a smart stop from Marshall. Zaha was merely getting his eye in however, and the Eagles forward scored a stunning goal moments later, putting them in the lead. The former Manchester United man collected the ball following a corner, and beat two men before lashing an unstoppable ball into the roof of the net.

Palace’s joy was short-lived though, as Hull levelled just two minutes later. Harry Maguire found Diomande, who turned, nutmegged Dann and calmly beat Hennessey. And just six minutes later Hull were in front again, as Jake Livermore played a neat one-two with Snodgrass, before gliding into the area and calmly finishing beyond Hennessey.

That looked to have been enough for the win, but Palace dramatically equalised in the final minute! The impressive Zaha sent in a dangerous cross from the right, and Campbell – who had only been on the pitch for nine minutes – nodded home at the near post.

Hull City v CP 10/12/16 Wilfried Zaha celebrates his goal Photo: ©Neil Everitt 07970 789228

Crystal Palace boss, Alan Pardew:

“We made defensive errors, scored three away from home and still have not won.

“When Wilf got the second we really should be seeing that out from there. We score goals but we just need to tighten up.

“There was a magnificent performance from Wilf. He was sublime. They couldn’t cope with him and that goal is a contender for goal of the season.”

Hull City manager, Mike Phelan:

“I’m disappointed but also really proud of the way we played.

“We were on the front foot most of time, we were competitive – but when you score three at home and don’t get a win, we should have seen it through.

“The last goal was a poor goal to concede, these things happen when you lose concentration.

“In January we need additions. The players want fresh faces, more energy, and we want to build on this squad.”

Hull City v CP 10/12/16 James McArthur challenges Hull's Andy Robertson Photo: ©Neil Everitt 07970 789228

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