Lichaj took advantage of hesitant defending and zipped in front of a Rotherham defender to send a low ball into the heart of the 18, where Campbell’s cute touch gave the Tigers a first lead of the game at 2-1.
The 29-year-old fullback joined Hull following 190 appearances for Nottingham Forest, and has also suited up for Aston Villa, Leeds United, Leyton Orient, and Lincoln City.
Lichaj has 15 caps and a goal for the USMNT, including four apps since July 2017. He is one of a handful of veteran players who may benefit from new eyes at the helm of the U.S. men’s national team.
Palace was on the front foot for the first five minutes, but Burnley found the opener when Ashley Barnes couldn’t redirect Stephen Ward‘s with his cross first touch but kept the ball at his feet long enough to score through Wayne Hennessey‘s legs.
The game was delayed when James Tarkowski was hit in the head with a projectile during the celebration, but was able to stay in the game.
Wilfried Zaha was wrongly ruled offside on a break which would’ve given a penalty to Palace had the flag not been raised before Tom Heaton took down Zaha.
Barnes had a second goal taken back for a handball after he settled the ball with his arm before beating Hennessey low.
The Clarets were tricky to break down. On one sequence after the half-hour mark, Burnley smothered space until Patrick Van Aanholt‘s shot from the left was blocked away from danger.
Luka Milivojević fired a prime shot wide of the frame in the 36th minute.
Palace got karmic payback when Benteke converted his penalty, won when Snodgrass fouled Wilfried Zaha inside the 18. Not much of a penalty, but who outside of Hull is going to complain given Snodgrass’ earlier embarrassment?
Zaha scored a wonderful goal to make it 2-1, working through the 18 before hammering his shot into the goal.
The lead was short-lived thanks to Diomande and Livermore, and Dann was central to both. Norwegian striker Diomande turned Dann for a 72nd minute finish, and Livermore worked around the challenges of both Dann and Yohan Cabaye for a 78th minute go-ahead marker.
But Campbell pulled a point back for the Eagles, leaving Hull in the drop zone on goal differential. The Tigers are level with 17th place Swansea and 18th place West Ham with 12 points.
These two teams had vastly different summers, with Crystal Palace’s Euro-heavy lineup hosting a West Brom side has done very little business this summer heading into their season opener at Selhurst Park at 10am E.T. live online at NBCSports.com.
The difference between the sides is evident in the questions the managers faced. Alan Pardew was able to discuss the Euro campaigns of his Welsh and French players, and new signing Andros Townsend was also a popular talking point. On the other end, Tony Pulis had to ward off suggestions that he could resign at the start of the season due to transfer window frustrations.
It’s poetic justice that, with just one new signings yet this window, Pulis opens the season against Palace, the side he abandoned just 48 hours before the start of the 2014/15 season for similar reasons.
For the visitors, they have just one new player in Matt Phillips, who joined from QPR and starts on the wing. Sadio Berahino begins up front after yet another tumultuous summer linking him with moves away.
Crystal Palace will be happy to start the season in front of their home fans, but they have won just one of their last eight home openers in league play.
Alan Pardew‘s side started off like an express train last season, hovering around the Premier League’s top six around the festive period but then dropping away drastically in the second half of the campaign as they became embroiled in a relegation battle. Granted, their run to the FA Cup final played a part in that, but there’s no doubting Palace need some reinforcements to turn them into a club challenging for a top six finish.
With American investment providing funds to help renovate Selhurst Park, plus add more transfer funds to the kitty, Palace is entering a whole new era. Don’t forget, they were only promoted to the PL in 2013 but they’ve quickly cemented themselves as a solid PL outfit and are now looking to make that next step.
The Eagles will soar into the top six because… They have an experienced manager who knows the league inside out. Pardew sets his teams up to be difficult to beat and lets his wingers and full backs push on at every chance. If they can sort their home form out this season then Palace will threaten the big boys. There are few better atmospheres in the PL than the one generated down in south London.
Most likely they’ll sit in midtable and maybe push into the top 10: Our old friend pragmatism has arrived. With Connor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell around it is unlikely Palace will score loads of goals. Pardew needs a poacher and that was the main reason for Palace’s slump last season. In defense and in midfield he’s set. Palace are willing to spend big to get a 20-goal a season man. If they fail to find him then it’s a case of midtable mediocrity.
Last Season: After winning just two PL games in 2016 Palace’s season ended poorly and they finished in 15th place. Pardew’s side reached the FA Cup final where they eventually lost to Manchester United 2-1 after extra time despite leading 1-0 with 12 minutes to go. A certain premature victory dance from Mr. Pardew will live long in the memory…
Star Player: Andros Townsend – This man had a sensational finish to the season with Newcastle United and did everything to try and keep the Magpies up following his January move from Tottenham Hotspur. A pure out-and-out winger, Townsend will cut in from the flank and fire shots at goal. Has the potential to be Palace’s leading scorer and will push Bolasie and Zaha all the way in the fight for the three attacking midfield positions. Yohan Cabaye, technically, is Palace’s most gifted player but injury and a severe loss of form hampered his impact last season.
Coach’s Corner: Pardew is back at home at Palace and the former Eagles player is now entering his second full season in charge of the club. He has cut the deadwood from his squad and brought in three experienced campaigners so far with Townsend and James Tomkins having plenty of PL nous. You know what you will get with a Pardew team. They’ll be committed, dangerous from set pieces and tight defensively. Palace will scrap for every point but if the Eagles have another season of failing to crack the top 10 then it could be quite delicate for Pardew at the end of this campaign. He really needs to sign a top-class finisher this summer.
PST Predicts: Best case scenario for Palace is finishing in 8-10 place in the table. They won’t challenge the big boys who have spent big this summer but they will dish out plenty of shocks along the way. Expect another good cup run and a big push for a top 10 finish under Pardiola.