Camp­bell late show gets Palace out of prison

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PARIS: A last-gasp Fraizer Camp­bell header brought Crys­tal Palace a point in a see-saw 3-3 draw at fel­low Pre­mier League strug­glers Hull yes­ter­day.

Lon­don­ers Palace came into the en­counter on the back of a rous­ing 3-0 win over Southamp­ton which snapped a six­match Pre­mier League los­ing streak.

But they were on the brink of a dam­ag­ing loss which would have left them on the brink of the bot­tom five be­fore Camp­bell nod­ded home from a Wil­fried Zaha cross to keep them three points above the bot­tom three. The dropped points left Hull firmly in the drop zone just a point clear of tailen­ders Sun­der­land as they missed out on a win bonus which would have seen them go above out of sorts Le­ices­ter.

Mike Phe­lan’s hosts took a 27th-minute lead from the penalty spot from Robert Sn­od­grass af­ter he was fouled by Scott Dann in the box.

Palace fought back and lev­elled three min­utes af­ter the break af­ter Sn­od­grass him­self con­ceded a spot-kick con­verted by Chris­tian Ben­teke, twice on tar­get in the win over Southamp­ton. Palace wel­comed back mid­fielder Yo­han Cabaye from sus­pen­sion and the French­man was pulling the strings in mid­field as the vis­i­tors stepped things up, Zaha shoot­ing them ahead on 70 min­utes fol­low­ing a cor­ner.

But the lead lasted barely 90 sec­onds as Adama Diomande drove home for 2-2 af­ter Harry Maguire fed him. With 12 min­utes re­main­ing Hull were back in front as Sn­od­grass pro­vided an as­sist for Jake Liver­more.

But late Palace pres­sure born of des­per­a­tion saw Camp­bell, a for­mer Hull loa­nee who helped the Tigers into the top flight seven sea­sons ago, come to the rescue as Zaha jinked his way through be­fore send­ing over a tan­ta­lis­ing cross which the onecap Eng­land striker buried.

The come­back eased the pres­sure on Palace man­ager Alan Pardew, who was tak­ing charge of his 300th Pre­mier League game. Three years ago Pardew, then at New­cas­tle, was sanc­tioned af­ter push­ing his head into the face of Hull’s David Meyler. On this oc­ca­sion he left the venue with more to cheer as Palace avoided a re­peat of their de­mor­al­is­ing 5-4 loss at fel­low rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates Swansea last month when they led go­ing into in­jury time. The South Lon­don­ers went into that game with the worst form across 2016 in the whole of the English league struc­ture, hav­ing gar­nered just 0.71 av­er­age points per game. — AFP

HULL: Crys­tal Palace’s Fra­zier Camp­bell scores his side’s third goal dur­ing the English Pre­mier League soc­cer match be­tween Hull City and Crys­tal Palace at the KCOM sta­dium in Hull, Eng­land yes­ter­day. — AP

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