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Long fires Tigers as Palace and Irons win


HULL wrapped up a double over Sunderland as goals from new boys Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic saw them to a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats were not helped by the fourth-minute dismissal of Wes Brown for a professional foul on Ireland striker Long, who then compounded Sunderland's misery by opening the scoring on 16 minutes.

The incident severely dented Sunderland's survival aspirations and it was no surprise when Hull doubled their lead in the second half through Jelavic.

No fewer than three debutants were on the scoresheet as Crystal Palace ran out 3-1 winners at home to West Brom, who now find themselves inside the bottom three.

Tom Ince and Joe Ledley made it 2-0 just before the half-hour before West Brom's Thievy Bifouma, on loan from Espanyol, scored 60 seconds after coming on.

Palace made the points safe in the 69th minute when Marouane Chamakh won and scored their third from the penalty spot.

Sam Allardyce's West Ham set aside the controversy over their failed bid to overturn Andy Carroll's recent red card as they claimed an eye-catching 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

Kevin Nolan scored twice for the visitors, the first coming within a minute of the restart and the second just two minutes later as West Ham moved out of the relegation zone.

At St Mary's, Southampton and Stoke played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

A Rickie Lambert free-kick put the Saints into the lead but Stoke pulled level seven minutes before the break through Peter Odemwingie.

The hosts immediately restored their advantage as Steven Davis fired home, but the Potters levelled a second time through Saints old boy Peter Crouch.

In the south Wales derby, Swansea beat Cardiff 3-0 in their first game under Garry Monk.

Wayne Routledge netted the opener just after half-time and headers from diminutive winger Nathan Dyer and imposing frontman Wilfried Bony made the points, and local bragging rights, safe.