Ten-man Crystal Palace secured their first away win of the season, beating Hull 1-0 at the KC Stadium.
Hull edged a dull first half, which saw Palace lose Marouane Chamakh to a head injury after just 33 minutes.
The game could only improve in the second period, and chances fell to Yannick Sagbo and Dwight Gayle early on.
Against all odds, Palace took the lead after a great run and cross from substitute Cameron Jerome found Bannan unmarked, and he finished coolly from six yards.
The home side pressed until the end, Livermore having a header cleared off the line – but the visitors held on for the three points.
PRE-MATCH: Former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is named the new Crystal Palace manager on a two-and-a-half year deal. He watches his new charges from the stands.
3’ – INJURY – Chamakh is injured in a clash of heads with Paul McShane, which leaves both players bleeding – but the Moroccan comes off worse.
31’ - PALACE CHANCE – Barry Bannan curls an inviting cross into Hull’s box – Curtis Davies has to work hard to head clear.
33’ – SUBSTITUTION – Chamakh finally has to come off, to be replaced by Cameron Jerome.
52’ - CHANCES – Danny Graham gets a chance one-on-one at one end, but Speroni saves well – then, at the other, Gayle breaks into the box, but a brilliant defensive challenge comes in from Davies.
65’ – PALACE CHANCE – Yannick Bolasie neatly evades the challenges of two Hull defenders, but his shot is dragged wide.
69’ – HULL CHANCE – from a George Boyd corner, there’s a scramble in the Palace box – and Davies falls over with the goal at his mercy!
77’ - RED CARD – Bolasie is sent off for diving in on Jake Livermore. It seemed a slightly harsh decision on first look.
80’ – PALACE GOAL – The visitors take the lead after a brilliant run and cross from the byeline by Cameron Jerome; the ball finds Bannan on the six yard box and he slots home.
90 + 3’ – HULL CHANCE – From a corner, Livermore nods goalwards – and his header is cleared off the line, before Liam Rosenior fires in a shot that hits the post.
TALKING POINT: In truth, neither side really deserved the three points today, although credit must be given to Palace for another good defensive performance. Tony Pulis will have to get more out of his strikers in particular – and both clubs could really do with bolstering their attacking options in the January transfer window.
Only Palace and Sunderland have scored less home goals than Hull this season- and the Tigers didn’t look like adding to that tally today.
Crystal Palace are now unbeaten in their last seven league meetings with Hull City (W3 D4).
Two stats were broken today - Crystal Palace had been the only Premier League side without a single point away from home this season, while Hull City lost their unbeaten home record.
MAN OF THE MATCH:
Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace) – just edges out Tom Huddlestone by dint of scoring his first goal in Palace colours, while providing intelligent, probing crosses and passes from the right-hand side of the pitch.
Hull City: McGregor 6, Figueroa 6, Elmohamady 5, Davies 7, McShane 6, Huddlestone 8, Livermore 6, Boyd 7, Brady 5, Koren 6, Sagbo 5. Subs: Rosenior 6, Graham 5, Gedo 5.
Crystal Palace: Speroni 7, Ward 6, Bolasie 5, Dikgacoi 5, Jedinak 7, Gayle 6, Gabbidon 6, Moxey 7, Delaney 7, Chamakh 5, Bannan 8. Subs: O’Keefe 6, Puncheon 5, Jerome 7
MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Tony Pulis
- Barry Bannan
- Curtis Davies
- Hull City
- Cameron Jerome
- Marouane Chamakh
- George Boyd
- Yannick Bolasie
- Julian Speroni