Palace & Foxes held, Tigers roar

Hull maintained their impressive away form to halt Watford’s

unbeaten run and climb up to fourth in the Championship with a 2-1

victory at Vicarage Road with goals from Irishmen David Meyler and

Robbie Brady.

The Tigers made it three successive wins on the road, and their

sixth victory in their last nine league matches, with a goal just

before half-time from on-loan Sunderland midfielder Meyler and

winger Brady’s thumping free-kick midway through the second

half.

Gianfranco Zola’s Watford, unbeaten in their previous seven

having won five of them, had to settle for Troy Deeney’s

stoppage-time consolation, while second-half substitute Almen Abdi

hit the post for the hosts shortly after replacing Daniel Pudil,

but it was not to be their day.

Save for an early shot from Hull striker Jay Simpson and Watford

defender Nathaniel Chalobah’s blocked 20-yard shot in the 17th

minute, neither side mustered a single effort on goal during the

opening half-hour.

Hull midfielder Robert Koren let fly with a strike from similar

distance that was comfortably held by Manuel Almunia, but the

biggest cheer, from the away end at least, came when Tigers

defender Jack Hobbs replaced the injured Paul McShane in the 27th

minute.

Hobbs made his first appearance for the club since March after

undergoing cruciate knee ligament surgery towards the end of last

season.

Hull had slowly began to build up a head of steam towards the

end of the first period and were rewarded with the game’s opening

goal in the 41st minute.

Corry Evans smashed a blistering shot from the edge of the

penalty area against the crossbar and midfield colleague Meyler

reacted quickest to head home the rebound.

Deeney pulled his shot from outside the area off target shortly

after the restart and Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale rescued the

visitors with a brilliant save to keep out Mark Yeates’ free-kick

soon after as the home side attempted to step up a gear.

But Hull twice threatened to extend their lead through

long-range strikes from Koren and Brady as Watford struggled to

make headway.

Hornets substitute Abdi, a 65th-minute replacement for Pudil,

struck the woodwork with a superb shot from inside the area shortly

after coming on.

Watford were then made to pay. Defender Fitz Hall fouled Meyler

in a central position 25 yards from goal and Brady thumped home an

unstoppable free-kick, high into the net for the decisive second

goal in the 73rd minute.

Deeney did pull one back for the Hornets in the 92nd minute when

converting Abdi’s cross, but Hull held on for victory.

Blackpool substitute Nouha Dicko scored a last-minute equaliser

at Crystal Palace to deny Ian Holloway a victory against his former

club.

Palace went 1-0 down in the first half when Nathan Delfouneso

converted Tom Ince’s cross, but Holloway, who managed the Seasiders

for three and a half years, rallied his troops at the break.

Owen Garvan equalised with a header and Glenn Murray’s 18th of

season put the hosts ahead, but Dicko had the final say, making it

2-2 in the last minute by turning home a Wes Thomas cross.

The result left Palace three points adrift of leaders Cardiff,

who beat Blackburn 4-1 on Friday night.

Leicester dropped to fifth in the table after needing a

last-minute equaliser from Jamie Vardy to earn a 2-2 draw at home

to strugglers Barnsley.

The Tykes arrived at the King Power Stadium without a win in

nine and went behind thanks to Anthony Knockaert’s goal, but put

themselves on course for a shock win when Stephen Dawson and Reuben

Noble-Lazarus found the net.

The travelling fans were ready to toast victory, but Vardy

turned home David Nugent’s pass with 17 seconds of the game left to

steal a point for the hosts.

Middlesbrough took advantage of Leicester’s slip-up as they

moved up to third with a nervy 3-2 win at Peterborough.

Faris Haroun gave Boro a two-goal cushion, before Dwight Gayle

put Peterborough back in the game just before half-time.

Gayle then gave the bottom side a surprise lead, but Ishmael

Miller came to the rescue by grabbing the visitors’ winner 14

minutes from time.

Republic of Ireland internationals Robbie Brady and David Meyler

both scored their first goals for Hull as the Tigers defeated

in-form Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road, where Troy Deeney grabbed a

last-minute consolation for the hosts.

Kazenga Lua Lua stepped off the bench and earned fellow play-off

hopefuls Brighton a valuable point in a four-goal thriller at

Charlton.

Bradley Pritchard put the Addicks 2-1 up after Craig

Mackail-Smith equalised Lawrie Wilson’s opener, but Lua Lua struck

15 minutes from time to make it 2-2.

Nottingham Forest leapfrogged local rivals Derby in to ninth

with a 2-0 home win over Burnley thanks to goals from Dexter

Blackstock and Billy Sharp.

At the other end of the table, Albert Adomah’s 25-yard screamer

condemned Sheffield Wednesday to their seventh straight loss as

Bristol City secured a 3-2 win at Hillsborough.

Gary Madine thought he had set Wednesday on course for a

much-needed win when he put the hosts 2-1 up after Sam Baldock’s

strike had cancelled out Miguel Llera’s opener, but the Owls

striker then handballed in his own box and Baldock made it 2-2 from

the spot.

City, who started just one place above the Owls in the table,

then stole all three points with Adomah’s stunning set-piece that

will pile more pressure on Wednesday boss Dave Jones.

James Vaughan struck four minutes from time to deny Bolton

victory at Huddersfield.

Zat Knight put the Terriers ahead with an own goal, but Bolton

hit back through Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles.

Eagles then missed a chance to put the game to bed from the

penalty spot and Vaughan made him pay by finishing Alan Lee’s cross

to make it 2-2.

DJ Campbell scored twice and Daryl Murphy was also on target as

Mick McCarthy’ Ipswich won 3-0 against his former team Millwall at

Portman Road, while Derby beat Leeds 3-1 in today’s early

kick-off.

Defender Jake Buxton deflected home a shot from fellow defender

Richard Keogh in the 66th minute with the score at 1-1 and the Rams

withstood a late barrage before substitute Ben Davies finished

superbly on the break in the fourth minute of time added on.

Leeds midfielder Paul Green had cancelled out Conor Sammon’s

15th-minute opener for Derby on the stroke of half-time.