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Football: Mike's late strike spikes Pete's return.

Byline: JASON MELLOR AT THE KINGSTON STADIUM

HULL 1 Turner 90

C PALACE 1 Cort 57

MICHAEL Turner headed a dramatic last-minute leveller as Hull stormed back to deny former boss Peter Taylor all the spoils.

Taylor looked to be taking revenge on the City boo-boys as Leon Cort returned to haunt the Tigers but big central defender Turner - who earlier had come within inches of an equaliser -made no mistake with a header from Mark Yeates' corner.

Taylor enjoyed a mixed reception on his return three months after quitting for Sel-hurst Park as Cort - who followed him to South London for pounds 1.25m - seemed to have sealed the win with a stunning 58th-minute strike.

There was little to choose between Taylor's old and new sides until defender Cort let fly with an angled drive from 15 yards as Hull failed to clear a corner.

Phil Parkinson's strugglers might have grabbed all three points with the sliding Turner inches away from meeting Craig Fagan's low cross from point-blank range nine minutes from the end. Danny Mills blasted the loose ball just over, while Jon Parkin blazed another late chance across the face of goal.

Palace's Clinton Morrison was lucky to escape a caution when he sparked an ugly 10-man brawl after reacting to Fagan's challenge in a first-half to forget.

It wasn't long before Morrison talked himself into a booking, causing Taylor to take him off at the break to stop the striker getting into more trouble.

Bridges came closest to breaking the deadlock when his curling 18-yarder forced a fine save from Palace keeper Gabor Kiraly.

Parkin shot narrowly wide on the turn and Yeates had another decent effort deflected just wide as Hull made all the early running, but were left to rely on Turner's dramatic late header.

HOW THEY RATED

HULL

Myhill 5, Thelwell 4 (France 6), Mills 5, Turner 7, Dawson 7, Fagan 7, Marney 4, Ashbee 7, Yeates 6, Bridges 5 (Forster 6), Parkin 6.

MANAGER Parkinson 7

CRYSTAL PALACE Kiraly 6, Lawrence 5, CORT 8, Ward 5, Borrowdale 5, Scowcroft 4, Watson 7, Kennedy 6, McAnuff 5, Kuqi 3 (Freedman 5), Morrison 2 (Green 6).

MANAGER Taylor 7

REFEREE M Thorpe 7

MAN OF THE MATCH

LEON CORT

Kept Hull at bay and popped up with a stunning strike

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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