Monday 19 August 2019

Snodgrass sorry for dive after Palace snatch point

Hull City 3 Crystal Palace 3

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha tussles with Hull City's Jake Livermore. Photo: Reuters
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha tussles with Hull City's Jake Livermore. Photo: Reuters

Robert Snodgrass apologised and admitted the incident that led to Hull's controversial opener was "never a penalty" after this breathless draw.

Snodgrass went to ground despite Scott Dann appearing to miss man and ball with his challenge, but referee Mike Jones pointed to the spot and the Scotland international scored his fifth Premier League goal of the campaign.

Crystal Palace's James McArthur challenges Hull City's Tom Huddlestone for the ball. Photo: Reuters
Crystal Palace's James McArthur challenges Hull City's Tom Huddlestone for the ball. Photo: Reuters

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew said Snodgrass would be "embarrassed" when he watched the replay of the "fabrication", and the 29-year-old was quick to hold his hands up.

He tweeted: "Apologies from my end it was never a penalty, but genuinely thought defender was going to slide, so tried to ride the tackle."

It was the first of six goals at the KCOM Stadium as the Eagles were involved in another high-scoring thriller, two weeks after their 5-4 defeat at Swansea. Pardew was frustrated his side needed a late Fraizer Campbell equaliser, despite having led 2-1 with 20 minutes left.

Snodgrass' penalty gave Hull a 1-0 lead at the break, but, after Palace mirrored the hosts' three-man defence at the interval, the game sprung to life.

Crystal Palace's James McArthur and Hull City's Adama Diomande battle for the ball. Photo: PA
Crystal Palace's James McArthur and Hull City's Adama Diomande battle for the ball. Photo: PA

The excellent Wilfried Zaha was brought down in the area by Snodgrass, allowing Christian Benteke to equalise, before the former Manchester United winger produced a brilliant piece of skill to make it 2-1.

Hull profited from some poor defending to turn the game on its head again, with Adama Diomande levelling before Jake Livermore added a third.

But former Hull striker Campbell popped up in the 89th minute to earn Palace a point. Pardew said: "When we take a 2-1 lead we should see the game out. We needed Fraizer to get us a very important point."

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