Hull City beaten 4-2 by promotion rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park
Hull City were beaten 4-2 by promotion rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Veteran striker Kevin Phillips scored a hat-trick in just ten minutes either side of half-time to put the brakes on City's promotion charge.
The result means the Tigers have fallen behind Watford in the race for the Premier League.
Steve Bruce's men are now third in the Championship, six points behind leaders Cardiff and just a point above Palace.
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City had the better of the early exchanges but Palace grew into the game and should have taken the lead after 30 minutes.
David Meyler brought down Jonathan Williams in the box, but David Stockdale dived to his right to save Glenn Murray's spot kick.
Phillips broke the deadlock by converting another hotly contested penalty in first-half stoppage time, after Jack Hobbs was adjudged to have handled as he dived to block a Murray shot.
The Tigers were struggling to find the form that swept them to Saturday's 5-2 win over Birmingham and fell further behind after 53 minutes when Wilfried Zaha bundled through two challenges to find Phillips, who scuffed his shot into the far corner.
Two minutes later, Phillips secured the three points when his 20-yard belter was deflected past Stockdale.
James Chester was substituted for Paul McShane on the hour-mark after suffering a suspected head injury.
Sub Jay Simpson’s looping header briefly gave City a glimmer of hope with twenty minutes left, only for Zaha to extend the Eagles’ lead four minutes later after out-foxing McShane.
Meyler’s late header was little consolation to a well-beaten Tigers side who have now conceded 10 goals in a see-saw run of three games.