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Kevin Phillips shows no sign of age before beauties

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PALACE bagged an emphatic 4-2 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Hull City on Tuesday to move within two points of the automatic promotion places.

Star of the show, Kevin Phillips, bagged himself a hat-trick, while Wilfried Zaha produced a wonderful finish for the fourth.

Even two late goals from the visitors either side of Zaha's finish were not enough to dampen the spirits at Selhurst Park.

Now Ian Holloway says to keep "marching on" towards the Premier League.

"We got the monkey off our back winning away then coming here, and it's a tough place to come with our fans in their buoyant mood," he said.

"I want to thank them as I'm rocking myself, it's just brilliant.

"You've got to pin back Hull's back three and I knew Kevin Phillips had to play, because that's what he does.

"The icing on the cake was the last goal, to see that young man [Wilfried Zaha] throw his left over and flick it in with his right – the goalkeeper didn't know what he was going to do.

"We needed that but I thought we beat a very, very good team, and we've just got to keep marching on."

The win lifted Palace onto 64 points, just one behind Hull in third, while Watford moved back into second after a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The Eagles had the first chance of the game when Jacob Butterfield delivered a free-kick in from the left, Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale fumbled, and Peter Ramage saw a shot cleared off the line on the turn from 12 yards.

The ball fell to Phillips, but his close-range effort was well blocked at the last second.

Midway through the first half, a Palace free-kick was only cleared away to Jonny Williams, who let fly with a dipping volley which flew yards wide.

And Williams was to have the next say in the match when Palace won a penalty on the half-hour mark.

Moxey played a ball into the youngster on the left side of the box but he dummied the ball past his marker, who bundled him over for a clear spot-kick.

Up stepped penalty king Murray, but he saw his ferocious shot superbly saved by Stockdale down to his right.

But on the stroke of half-time, Palace took a deserved lead thanks to another spot-kick.

Murray's shot inside the box was blocked by a Hull defender, and after consultation with his assistant, the referee awarded another spot-kick for handball.

This time, Phillips stepped up and Stockdale got a hand to his effort, but the ball bounced down and into the corner.

And it got even better for the 39-year-old in the second half when he grabbed two goals in quick succession to complete a stunning hat-trick in front of the Holmesdale Stand.

The second goal came when Zaha cut the ball across the danger area, Murray let the ball roll past him and Phillips scuffed a shot into the bottom corner.

But the third was vintage Phillips. Picking the ball up from 25-yards out, he steadied himself and angled a looping shot over Stockdale to send Selhurst Park crazy.

Zaha nearly created a fourth soon after when he bamboozled Robbie Brady on the right side of the box and it looked as if the winger had been tripped, but the referee gave a goal-kick instead.

Hull pulled a goal back on 73 minutes when substitute Jay Simpson sent a looping header over Speroni. However, Zaha made sure of the points when he grabbed Palace's fourth, racing onto a ball down the right before cutting inside and angling a shot past Stockdale.

Alex Bruce got another goal back in added-on time when he headed in, while further slack defending nearly made it 4-3 at the death, but Palace held on for a vital win in the promotion push.

Kevin Phillips shows no sign of age before beauties


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