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Ipswich Town 0-1 Hull City

Mo Diame celebrates his goal
Senegal striker Mohamed Diame scored his second league goal in three games

Hull City maintained their one-point lead at the top of the Championship with a narrow victory at Ipswich Town.

Tigers striker Mohamed Diame got on the end of Andrew Robertson's through-ball for the only goal of the game and his sixth of the season.

Daryl Murphy went closest for the hosts with a first-half half-volley against the post while Jake Livermore also struck the woodwork for the visitors.

Ipswich have now failed to beat Hull in their past eight league meetings.

Defeat also saw the Tractor Boys' run of 16 consecutive wins on a Tuesday night, stretching back to April 2013, come to an end.

Hull boss Steve Bruce made nine changes to the side which held Arsenal to a goalless draw in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.

One of those changes, Robert Snodgrass, forced Bartosz Bialkowski to tip his early free-kick over the crossbar.

Ipswich grew in to the first half and Murphy hit the post from Ben Pringle's free-kick and Christophe Berra had a header on target deflected wide.

But, moments after the break, Mick McCarthy's side failed to keep a clean sheet for a ninth successive game as Diame broke the deadlock.

Robertson's surging run from left-back culminated in a fine pass for Diame to dink it over the on-rushing Bialkowski.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We were beaten by a better team on the night. We actually could have taken the lead in the first half but that is the fine margins of the Championship.

"The talk in the dressing room at half-time was not to concede an early goal but that is what we did - although it was a fantastic goal.

"They could have scored more but the Championship is so bonkers that we almost notched in the last few minutes."

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"It was a case of job done. We were up against a really committed team in the first half, which mirrored their manager in terms of effort and endeavour.

"But we had that bit of class in the second half and we could have actually put the game to bed but we didn't take our opportunities.

"When you are top of the league, you know teams are going to have a go at you and you have to earn the right to play. Mo Diame was man of the match for me, it was a wonderful goal."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5SmithBooked at 88mins
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 22Douglas
  • 19HyamSubstituted forBruat 65'minutes
  • 15PringleSubstituted forVarneyat 80'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 9Murphy
  • 11Pitman

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 17Bru
  • 18Tabb
  • 37Digby
  • 39Toure
  • 42Varney
  • 44Foley

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Odubajo
  • 21Dawson
  • 6Davies
  • 26Robertson
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 14Livermore
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 87'minutes
  • 11Clucas
  • 17DiaméSubstituted forPowellat 84'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forAkpomat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Huddlestone
  • 12Maguire
  • 15Maloney
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 19Akpom
  • 22Powell
  • 27El Mohamady
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
17,630

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamHull
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Hull City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Hull City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Freddie Sears with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Varney with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  7. Booking

    Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone replaces David Meyler.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Chambers with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Meyler.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Nick Powell replaces Mohamed Diamé.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).

  15. Post update

    Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

  18. Post update

    Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Ben Pringle.

  20. Post update

    Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull32196748192963
2Burnley331711551262562
3Middlesbrough31187642172561
4Brighton331612545341160
5Sheff Wed331412750351554
6Derby321412643281554
7Birmingham3214993930951
8Cardiff33121384337649
9Preston33121293230248
10Ipswich32139104040048
11Brentford33127144651-543
12Nottm Forest321012103128342
13QPR33914103940-141
14Reading321010123433140
15Wolves331010134046-640
16Huddersfield33109144445-139
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Fulham33812135154-336
19Blackburn30713102827134
20Bristol City33810152952-2334
21MK Dons3388172645-1932
22Rotherham3375213658-2226
23Bolton33413163154-2325
24Charlton33510182761-3425
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