Thursday 14 December 2017

Lifeline for Palace

Hull city 0 Crystal Palace 1 Rory Dollard

Tony Pulis watched from the stands as his new club Crystal Palace snatched just a second win of the season at Hull, breathing new life into their relegation battle.

Caretaker boss Keith Millen, who will hand over the baton to Pulis, signed off his stint with a narrow victory, secured when Barry Bannan converted Cameron Jerome's cut-back in the 81st minute. By then, Palace were down to 10 men and seemingly hanging on to a point after Yannick Bolasie was harshly dismissed for a lunge at Jake Livermore.

"It's nice to be off the bottom of the league but it's more important in the bigger picture that we're closer to the teams around us," said Millen. "I said to Tony that I honestly believe these lads can stay up. There is a belief there. They feel they have a chance."

"The performance is the big disappointment," said Hull boss Steve Bruce after his side's underwhelming display. "I don't think we deserved to lose but we didn't do enough as the home team to win."

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