Late substitute Ibra Sekajja scored an 88th-minute equaliser as Crystal Palace retained their Championship status for another season.

Anthony Gerrard gave Hull the lead from close range after Jack Hobbs headed Robert Koren's free-kick across goal.

Palace were then obliged to weather a storm as Aaron Mclean, Koren and David Amoo all went close for the home side.

But with two minutes left, Sekajja sent a cool finish beyond Hull keeper Matt Duke from Claude Davis's cross.

It was a memorable moment for the youngster, who scored with his first touch in professional football. He started the season in Palace's academy side.

The afternoon was equally memorable for Eagles boss Dougie Freedman, who has overseen steady progress since his appointment last November, when the Eagles were languishing second from bottom of the Championship table.

In confident mood after their Easter Monday victory over promotion-chasing Leeds, the visitors enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges.

Hull, whose own play-off dreams were snuffed out over the Easter period, started slowly and were further hampered when Richard Garcia was forced off with an ongoing knee injury after just 14 minutes.

Darren Ambrose went close for Palace, drawing a fine save from Duke with a free-kick, but Hull gradually shook off their torpor before Gerrard's simple finish gave them the lead.

Palace keeper Julian Speroni subsequently thwarted Mclean with a fine save, and the home pressure continued after the break as Koren volleyed over before Amoo sent an effort just wide.

But with two minutes to go Sekajja struck to condemn the Tigers to the 17th league draw of their campaign.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 01 Duke
  • 03 Dawson
  • 04 Hobbs
  • 16 Chester
  • 25 Gerrard
  • 08 Harper
  • 22 Koren
  • 07 Garcia (Amoo - 14' )
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 23 Simpson (Belaid - 65' )
  • 33 Mclean (Devitt - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Oxley
  • 14 Cairney
  • 20 Devitt
  • 24 Solano
  • 37 Belaid
  • 38 Akpan
  • 26 Amoo

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Clyne Booked
  • 03 Wright
  • 04 Davis
  • 05 McCarthy
  • 29 Moxey
  • 07 Ambrose
  • 10 Garvan (Cadogan - 75' )
  • 33 Agustien
  • 16 Zaha (Dorman - 79' )
  • 19 Easter (Sekajja - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Price
  • 36 Wynter
  • 11 Dorman
  • 15 Cadogan
  • 28 O'Keefe
  • 37 Mahon
  • 27 Sekajja
Ref: Woolmer
Att: 20,407

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

4 9

Corners

8 6

Fouls

10 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:08 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:01

Unfair challenge on Patrick McCarthy by Matt Fryatt results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

90:00 +0:47

Andy Dawson fouled by Kieron Cadogan, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

89:03

The ball is swung over by Andy Dawson, Dean Moxey makes a clearance.

87:16

Assist by Claude Davis.

87:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Ibra Sekajja - Hull 1 - 1 C Palace Ibra Sekajja finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hull 1-1 Crystal Palace.

87:06

The ball is crossed by Claude Davis,

86:10

Corner taken by Darren Ambrose, clearance by James Harper.

86:10 Substitution

Substitution Ibra Sekajja is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Easter.

86:10

The ball is sent over by Nathaniel Clyne, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.

84:44

David Amoo crosses the ball, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Tijani Belaid.

81:49

Matt Fryatt takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick McCarthy. Jamie Devitt takes the inswinging corner, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Devitt from the left by-line, Tijani Belaid produces a cross, clearance by David Wright.

78:54 Substitution

Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Andy Dorman coming on for Wilfried Zaha.

77:45

James Harper takes a shot. Blocked by David Wright.

75:42

David Amoo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Patrick McCarthy.

74:07 Substitution

Substitution Kieron Cadogan comes on in place of Owen Garvan.

72:08

A cross is delivered by Jamie Devitt, Close range header by Tijani Belaid goes wide of the left-hand post.

70:25

David Amoo crosses the ball.

69:21

Corner taken by Robert Koren from the left by-line played to the near post, Darren Ambrose manages to make a clearance.

67:44

Shot by Jamie Devitt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

66:58

Robert Koren takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni. Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Devitt, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.

66:15

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Easter. Matt Duke takes the direct free kick.

65:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tijani Belaid on Kemy Agustien. Kemy Agustien takes the indirect free kick.

64:10 Substitution

Substitution Tijani Belaid is brought on as a substitute for Jay Simpson.

64:10 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Devitt on for Aaron Mclean.

64:10

Shot from just outside the box by Matt Fryatt misses to the right of the goal.

63:34

The ball is swung over by James Chester, Claude Davis makes a clearance.

62:35

A cross is delivered by Darren Ambrose, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.

59:21

The ball is delivered by David Amoo, clearance by Claude Davis.

58:46

Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Anthony Gerrard gets a block in.

56:50

The ball is delivered by Jay Simpson.

54:11

Centre by Wilfried Zaha.

51:55

Robert Koren delivers the ball, Nathaniel Clyne manages to make a clearance. Robert Koren takes the inswinging corner, David Amoo produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

49:50

Effort on goal by Robert Koren from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

48:55

The ball is delivered by David Amoo, clearance by Dean Moxey. Corner taken by Andy Dawson, save by Julian Speroni.

48:12

Unfair challenge on James Chester by Owen Garvan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Hobbs.

47:37

David Amoo has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

46:17

Dean Moxey is caught offside. Matt Duke takes the indirect free kick.

45:46

Foul by James Chester on Wilfried Zaha, free kick awarded. Kemy Agustien restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:26

Wilfried Zaha fouled by James Harper, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Ambrose crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.

44:27

Andy Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Ambrose. Darren Ambrose crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by James Chester.

42:41

The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Easter. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

41:02

The ball is crossed by Robert Koren, Darren Ambrose gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Robert Koren from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by David Wright.

39:30

Unfair challenge on Claude Davis by Matt Fryatt results in a free kick. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

38:46

The ball is delivered by Jermaine Easter, clearance by James Chester.

38:07

James Chester sends in a cross, Julian Speroni makes a save.

36:54

Kemy Agustien takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.

35:43

Dean Moxey takes a shot. Jack Hobbs gets a block in. Darren Ambrose takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by James Chester.

35:13

Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. James Harper gets a block in. Corner taken by Darren Ambrose.

33:57

Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gerrard.

33:01

Kemy Agustien takes a shot. James Harper gets a block in. Darren Ambrose takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Aaron Mclean makes a clearance.

32:53

Owen Garvan delivers the ball.

32:18

Kemy Agustien takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke. Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose.

31:45

Foul by Jay Simpson on Wilfried Zaha, free kick awarded. Darren Ambrose crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, Aaron Mclean manages to make a clearance.

30:39

Assist on the goal came from Jack Hobbs.

30:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Gerrard - Hull 1 - 0 C Palace Anthony Gerrard fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Hull 1-0 Crystal Palace.

29:45

Robert Koren takes the direct free kick. Jack Hobbs takes a shot.

29:45 Booking

Booking The referee books Nathaniel Clyne for unsporting behaviour.

29:38

Handball decision goes against Nathaniel Clyne.

28:09

The official flags Matt Fryatt offside. Indirect free kick taken by Claude Davis.

27:41

David Amoo sends in a cross, save by Julian Speroni.

27:10

Centre by David Amoo, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.

24:58

Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Jack Hobbs results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Darren Ambrose from the free kick, save made by Matt Duke. Jermaine Easter produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

24:34

David Amoo sends in a cross, Darren Ambrose manages to make a clearance.

23:43

Close range strike by Claude Davis goes over the bar.

23:00

The referee gives a free kick against James Harper for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Kemy Agustien.

20:32

The assistant referee flags for offside against Aaron Mclean. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.

15:07

Jack Hobbs concedes a free kick for a foul on Wilfried Zaha. Shot comes in from Darren Ambrose from the free kick. Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Aaron Mclean.

14:28

Kemy Agustien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Amoo. Robert Koren restarts play with the free kick.

13:32 Substitution

Substitution (Hull) makes a substitution, with David Amoo coming on for Richard Garcia.

11:21

The referee blows for offside against Jermaine Easter. Direct free kick taken by Jack Hobbs.

9:47

Shot by Darren Ambrose from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

8:59

Matt Fryatt produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

8:06

Claude Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Mclean. Free kick taken by James Harper.

6:06

Kemy Agustien delivers the ball, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.

5:11

Kemy Agustien challenges James Harper unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Chester.

4:59

A cross is delivered by Andy Dawson, clearance by Patrick McCarthy.

3:23

Andy Dawson produces a cross, Julian Speroni makes a save.

1:48

Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Jack Hobbs results in a free kick. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

0:55

The referee blows for offside against Wilfried Zaha. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

0:08

The referee blows for offside against Matt Fryatt. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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