Palace player ratings v Hull City

Croydon Guardian: Much loved: The Crystal Palace crowd show their appreciation for Julian Speroni last weekend Much loved: The Crystal Palace crowd show their appreciation for Julian Speroni last weekend

Julian Speroni: Subject of a pre-match show of appreciation from the Holmesdale Fanatics, Jules had a relatively quiet afternoon between the sticks, making only one save of real note when he tipped over a drive from second half substitute Tom Cairney. 7

Nathaniel Clyne: Rarely troubled at right back and provided more of an attacking force toward the end of the game when he was able to push on with Sean Scannell. 8

Paddy McCarthy: Palace had six corners in the first half and you would have thought Paddy would have muscled his way on to one of them, but it wasn’t to be and the captain had to settle for his usual decent performance at centre-back. 7

Anthony Gardner: Put in another trademark unflustered performance against one of his former clubs, part of the reason why Palace have the third meanest defence in the league. If he keeps on like this he’ll be at Selhurst for another season. 7

Jonathan Parr: Was never going to under too much pressure, as cover was always available with another left-back operating as a left winger in front of him. Has a battle to now keep that man, Dean Moxey, away from his defensive spot. 7

Dean Moxey: As Moxey remarked after the game, it was "the left back playing left wing", and he did a decent job too for someone who has just recently come back from a lengthy lay-off. Made way for Sean Scannell in the 61st minute. 7

Stuart O'Keefe: Positionally caught out a few times in the opening exchanges but came into the game much more as the first half wore on. Offered plenty going forward. 7

Mile Jedinak: Sat in his usual defensive midfield position in front of the back four which allowed Stuart O’Keefe more license to get forward. Headed over a glorious chance from a Chris Martin corner in the first half. 7

Jonathan Williams: Away at Cardiff on November 5 was the last time Joniesta played for Palace before he picked up an injury on international duty. With Zaha being banned due to his red card away at Burnley, Dougie had his hand forced somewhat in having to start with Williams in this, his comeback match. Everything looks intact, including the ability to glide past opposition players. 7

Chris Martin: Looked the most likely to score for Palace, or indeed grab an assist from the great deliveries he took from corners. But it wasn’t to be his, or the Eagles', day. 7

Glenn Murray: Not scored in his last 14 games now for Palace, and he never really looked like doing so against Hull despite a header or two on target. The pattern of the game didn’t suit him, with not enough crosses coming in. 6

Subs:

Sean Scannell (Moxey, 61): When Big Scanz came on he immediately made a positive difference, his direct running and ability to latch on to through balls causing the Hull back four more problems than they had encountered all game. Nearly won it late on with a cross that turned into a lobbed shot. 8

Kyle De Silva (Williams, 71): Came on for the tiring Jon Williams to make his home debut. Full of running, the Croydon-born forward got sight of goal in the final minutes only to fire his shot wide. 7

Jermaine Easter: (Murray, 77): minute substitute for the labouring Murray who gave the Hull defenders something different to think about. Hasn’t scored in the last 12 games he has appeared in for the Eagles. 7

Subs Not Used: Price, Dikgacoi.

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