Hull City beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday thanks to two goals from Dame N’Doye. The win keeps them out of the relegation zone.
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The Tigers needed the win with games against Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United before the end of the season. It looks as if their match against fellow relegation strugglers Burnley will also be a must win next month.
However, they can breathe a little easier for now, with the team looking far more energised throughout than their already safe opponents. Early on the North East side put pressure on the Eagles, but couldn’t take their chances. N’Doye seemed to be involved in all of the big moments, but couldn’t put away this seemingly easy chance.
However, manager Steve Bruce may have had some words at half time because the Senegalese forward netted just six minutes in to the second period, albeit with a tap in.
The game then opened up, with chances coming at a frenetic pace. Palace keeper Julian Speroni made a few fine saves, and the Hull defence had to hold firm. Bruce’s side were lucky to not concede an equaliser though. Yaya Sanogo had the ball in the back of the net, only for his effort to be disallowed for a push on Paul McShane before his header.
The Tigers then capitalised on this, with N’Doye grabbing a second in the dying minutes to wrap up the win.
The vital three points have kept them a single point above the relegation zone. Wins for Leicester City and draw for Sunderland keeping the pressure on Hull.