Sunday 15 September 2019

Fraizer Campbell reflects on 'fond memories of Hull' after equaliser for Palace

Fraizer Campbell scored a late equaliser at Hull
Fraizer Campbell scored a late equaliser at Hull

Crystal Palace striker Fraizer Campbell insisted he did not take any further pleasure from his late leveller because it came against Hull.

Campbell came off the bench to boos on his return to East Yorkshire and responded by heading in an 89th-minute equaliser in the thrilling 3-3 draw at the KCOM Stadium.

The forward helped fire Hull to promotion during a loan spell in 2008 but reportedly turned down a permanent return on a couple of occasions and received a hostile welcome whenever he went to warm up.

But the 29-year-old stressed his only thought once coming on was gaining his side a point after they had thrown away a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes left.

"What spurs me on is my team," he told Palace's official website.

"People are entitled to their own opinions but I've got fond memories of my time at Hull City. That won't affect me."

He added: "We got a great result last week and it was important not to get beaten (on Saturday) so we could have something to build on and gain momentum from.

"We're disappointed not to come away with the three points, but at the end of the day this is better than nothing."

Campbell has struggled for game time this season, with his match-saving cameo on Saturday just his third appearance of the season, all of which have come as a substitute within the last 20 minutes of a game.

But Eagles boss Alan Pardew felt Campbell earned his chance for a first run-out since October.

"Since I've been at this club he's been a model pro," Pardew said.

"It was his performances in training, not just the fact we were here (against his old club), that got him on that pitch (on Saturday)."

Campbell's late leveller capped off a crazy second half which saw the lead change hands twice.

Robert Snodgrass' controversial first-half penalty was cancelled out by a spot-kick from Christian Benteke, before the impressive Wilfried Zaha put Palace ahead with 20 minutes left.

Adama Diomande levelled for Hull two minutes later before Jake Livermore's first goal of the campaign made it 3-2.

It was the first time the Tigers had managed to score three goals in the Premier League this term, while Diomande's effort was his first in the competition since the opening day of the season.

The Norway striker was pleased with the hosts' performance but admitted he needs to score more goals.

"It's one of the greatest games we've played in the season," he told Tigers Player.

"Everyone looked sharp. I'm happy we scored three goals but they scored at the end and it's disappointing.

"I'm just happy to get the goal. It's a long time since I've scored a goal here in the Prem. I need to continue."

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