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Championship Pharaohs: Hull City suffer defeat at Crystal Palace, Brighton draw with Bristol City
Ahmed Elmohamady assisted in Hull City’s 4-2 loss to Crystal Palace as the Tigers dropped to third in the Championship. Meanwhile, Adam El-Abd’s Brighton kept yet another clean sheet against Bristol City.
Hull City lost their third consecutive away game with a 4-2 loss at Selhurt Park. Crystal Palace started the brighter of the two sides and were awarded a penalty in the 29th minute after David Meyler fouled Jonathan Williams. Tigers’ keeper David Stockdale managed to save the penalty diving to his right. However, just before the first half ended, Palace were awarded another penalty after Jack Hobbs was penalised for handball. This time Kevin Philips scored the penalty even though Stockdale got a hand to the ball.
Straight off after the break, Palace dominated; scoring in the 51st after Phillips put ball into the back of the net from close range and completed his hat-trick less than a minute later with a strike from outside the box.
Ahmed Fathi joined Gedo and Elmohamady in the 68th minute coming on for Stephen Quinn. He instantly made an impact in the game creating fluidity, something Hull City desperately needed today. In the 72nd minute of the game Elmohamady picked the ball up wide on the right and executed a perfect cross that reached the head of Jay Simpson who managed to flick the ball over the goalkeeper.
Four minutes later, Wilfried Zaha beat Stockdale from inside the penalty box to end Hull’s potential comeback. Late in injury time David Meyler pulled a consolation goal back after heading in a Robbie Brady free-kick.
Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ had a quiet game not receiving the ball often, as Hull’s tactics were to stay deep in their own half and hoof the ball up field where Gedo was usually beaten in the air. Without the many defensive errors that were made by the Tigers, which eventually cost them the game, they could have threatened for the three points.
Brighton managed their 3rd clean sheet in four games as the defensive pairing of Adam El-Abd and Mathew Upson prevented Bristol City from scoring. The game ended 0-0.
Brighton remained in 6th place and are 2 points clear of 7th place Nottingham Forest and they have a game in hand. Leicester who are 2 points ahead in 5th also have a game in hand. Meanwhile, Hull city dropped to third place and are now appoint behind Watford in second and a point ahead of Crystal Palace in 4th.
Ahmad Yousef: Follow @EgyptianPlayers