Jan 28, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace
Hull City
Puncheon (16')
Delaney (22'), Chamakh (63'), Jerome (83'), O'Keefe (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)

McGregor (90')

Result: Jason Puncheon earns Crystal Palace three vital points

Jason Puncheon's first-half goal gives Crystal Palace a 1-0 win over Hull City in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace have earned three vital points following a 1-0 win over Hull City in the Premier League this evening, thanks to a first-half strike from Jason Puncheon.

Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Hull City at Selhurst Park on January 28, 2014© Getty Images

Mile Jedinak should have put Palace in front in the ninth minute when he latched on to Puncheon's cross, but the midfielder could only head wide to the right as the goal stood gaping.

Puncheon made amends, however, in the 16th minute when he found himself with space inside the box, allowing the winger to convert a left-footed shot into the top-right corner of the Hull goal.

Adrian Mariappa tried to double the hosts' lead with a right-footed shot from outside the box, but it was wasteful as the ball rose over the crossbar.

It took 30-plus minutes for Hull to register their first meaningful attempt on goal as Tom Huddlestone let fly from range, although it was blocked when things seemed dangerous for the Palace keeper.

Jedinak thought that he had scored a vital goal to increase his side's advantage as he slammed in a free kick, which Allan McGregor did well to turn over the bar.

Yannick Bolasie should have doubled Palace's lead just before half time but the winger spurned his chance by heading wide from only a few yards out from goal.

Shane Long looked to drag Hull back into the game after half time as he crossed for Nikica Jelavic, who crashed his effort wide inside the box.

Jelavic then delivered a perfect ball for Jake Livermore, but the midfielder lashed his effort over the crossbar.

George Boyd was soon introduced into the fray and he almost made an instant impact as his shot tested the hands of Julian Speroni.

Long should have grabbed the visitors a late equaliser when he was found by Ahmed Elmohamady's ball, but the striker headed over the bar from only a few yards out.

Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against West Brom during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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