10:28am Monday 19th March 2012
By Neil McSteen
Crystal Palace made it nine games unbeaten in the Championship when they shut out Hull City to take a point in a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
With Nick Barmby’s men visiting south London off the back of their own 10 game unbeaten run, as well as boasting the tightest defence in the league with just 28 goals conceded all season, there was an air of inevitability about the result.
Both sides played neat and tidy passing football that promised much but offered little in the way of genuine clear cut chances.
Hull had the first sight of goal through Josh King, while Chris Martin was the main threat for Palace in the opening half.
As the game wore on Sean Scannell was introduced for Glen Murray and the Irishman’s pace gave the Tigers’ defence a lot more to think about as the Eagles ended the game the stronger.
Despite this, Palace manager Dougie Freedman admitted that a point was what his side probably deserved.
"I don't think we did enough to win the game," he said.
"I don’t just like nicking wins, you’ve got to, through your performance, try and win them and over many games that will decide where you are.
"I thought it was a fantastic game, two good teams, a real good game of football.
"Two good defences, but two teams that were trying to win the game.
"You can see why Hull are in the top six at the moment but I thought we coped with them well and came more into it in the second half.
"It was great to see some of younger players stand up to a team like Hull.
"I've always said that the play-offs might be too much to ask this season but you can see the progress we have made.
"We're taking big strides when you compare where we were last season."
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