Match ends, Hull City 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.
Hull City 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
- QPR play 58 minutes with 10 men
- Austin scores 14th league goal this season
- Hull secure first back-to-back wins this season
- Jelavic becomes Hull's record Premier League scorer
Dame N'Doye scored his second Premier League goal in as many games as Hull City earned a late win over 10-man QPR to move clear of the relegation zone.
Nikica Jelavic volleyed the home side into a 16th-minute lead from Steven Caulker's poor headed clearance.
Charlie Austin then headed a first-half equaliser for QPR just minutes after Joey Barton had been sent off for lashing out at Tom Huddlestone.
Hull move up to 15th, while QPR are above the drop zone on goal difference.
Both sides headed into the match buoyed by recent victories, and Hull manager Steve Bruce stuck with the same team that beat Aston Villa 2-0 at the KC Stadium last week as he sought his first back-to-back wins of the Premier League season.
After a nervy start it was no surprise that the breakthrough came from a set-piece.
Huddlestone's lofted delivery was only partially cleared and Jelavic was waiting to volley past Rob Green to notch his eighth goal of the season and become Hull's all-time leading Premier League goalscorer with 12.
QPR responded quickly as debutant right-back Darnell Furlong - son of former Hoops striker Paul - mustered their first effort on goal. But his powerful header from the edge of the area was beaten away from the top corner by goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Furlong was then indirectly involved in a pivotal moment when his foul on Jelavic, for which he received a yellow card, resulted in the scuffle that led to a red card for visiting captain Barton.
Barton, who was on a Premier League record run of seven consecutive yellow cards, appeared to be playing peacemaker but a soft shove on Hull defender Alex Bruce was followed by a swing at Huddlestone's groin and referee Anthony Taylor deemed it a sending-off offence.
A feeling of injustice galvanised the away side and when Matt Phillips delivered yet another curling cross from the right, Austin headed home. The England hopeful was close to joining Hull in £4.5m move from Burnley in 2013, only for Tigers to pull out because of concern over the striker's knee.
Austin, who has scored 44 goals for QPR since the that move broke down, was keen to remind the home fans of what they missed out on, celebrating his equaliser by hobbling about holding his supposedly dodgy knee.
But it was Hull, and birthday-boy N'Doye who had the last laugh, as the 30-year-old Senegal striker, a £3m signing from Lokomotiv Moscow on transfer deadline day, headed in at the death after being denied by a great save from Green moments earlier.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "I think it's happened to us five or six times this year when we have conceded late on, so we were due one, that is for sure. Robert Green made a great save just 30 seconds before and I thought: 'We would take a point from here.'
"When we did get 2-1 up we had five centre-forwards on the pitch and I thought 'what am I going to do now?' It was back to the school days.
"It's always been important for us that Nikica Jelavic stays fit. That was the key for us. He was injured in the warm-up at Arsenal in October, he had an operation and came back too quickly from that. We needed something if Jelavic broke down, and Dame N'Doye I first saw in Denmark in the Champions League.
"We had to work extremely hard to get him but he has now got two in two games, and that could just be the difference."
QPR manager Chris Ramsey: "I am absolutely disappointed for the players, they could not have given more today. They tried to keep that point we had at half-time, but we cannot let it crush us because we have got more games to come.
"Robert Green made an outstanding save, but unfortunately [there was] a lapse of concentration right at the end, and that is what happens in the Premier League.
"It was a long time to go with 10 men, and to be honest for parts of it we tried to play but it was difficult. Hull are a very good side."
- 4BruceSubstituted forRamírezat 53'minutes
- 14LivermoreSubstituted forHernándezat 67'minutes
- 7MeylerSubstituted forAlukoat 82'minutes
- 38FurlongBooked at 32mins
- 13Yun Suk-young
- 7PhillipsBooked at 80mins
- 8BartonBooked at 32mins
- 19KranjcarSubstituted forTraoreat 78'minutes
- 9AustinSubstituted forZárateat 75'minutesBooked at 75mins
- 25ZamoraBooked at 58minsSubstituted forDoughtyat 64'minutes
- Anthony Taylor
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.
Attempt missed. Mauro Zárate (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Armand Traore.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Allan McGregor.
Offside, Hull City. Michael Dawson tries a through ball, but Dame N'Doye is caught offside.
Gastón Ramírez (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers).
Foul by Abel Hernández (Hull City).
Mauro Zárate (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Goal! Hull City 2, Queens Park Rangers 1. Dame N'Doye (Hull City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.
Attempt saved. Dame N'Doye (Hull City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Abel Hernández with a headed pass.
Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers).
Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Abel Hernández (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Substitution, Hull City. Sone Aluko replaces David Meyler.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.
Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Dame N'Doye (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).
Attempt saved. Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Phillips with a cross.
Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).
Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Hull City. Robbie Brady tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore replaces Niko Kranjcar because of an injury.
Delay in match Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.
Offside, Hull City. Gastón Ramírez tries a through ball, but Abel Hernández is caught offside.
Foul by Robbie Brady (Hull City).
Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Mauro Zárate (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mauro Zárate (Queens Park Rangers).
Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Mauro Zárate replaces Charlie Austin.
Attempt missed. Dame N'Doye (Hull City) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Michael Doughty.
Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers).
Offside, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone tries a through ball, but Ahmed Elmohamady is caught offside.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Paul McShane.