Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Hull City 1.
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."
- 5SmithBooked at 88mins
- 19HyamSubstituted forBruat 65'minutes
- 15PringleSubstituted forVarneyat 80'minutes
- 7MeylerSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 87'minutes
- 17DiaméSubstituted forPowellat 84'minutes
- 9HernándezSubstituted forAkpomat 68'minutes
- 27El Mohamady
- Brendan Malone
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Hull City 1.
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.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Allan McGregor.
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.
Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).
Substitution, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone replaces David Meyler.
Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Chambers with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Meyler.
Substitution, Hull City. Nick Powell replaces Mohamed Diamé.
Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).
Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).
Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Ben Pringle.
Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.