The Tigers moved to within four points of the top six with three points in front of their own fans.
A first-half penalty save from Matt Ingram and second-half winner from Cyrus Christie set Hull City on their way to a second successive home victory with a 1-0 success against Cardiff City.
The Tigers produced a scintillating spell at the start of the second period to take full advantage of Ingram’s save from Callum Robinson when Regan Slater found the marauding right-back Cyrus Christie to curl in the opener.
City failed to build on that advantage and needed a terrific late save from Ingram to deny Sabri Lamouchi a first point as Bluebirds boss but earned a victory that saw them move to within four points of the top six.
Here, City reporter Barry Cooper looks at the game’s big talking points….
Dare to dream?
Given City have notched up 20 points in 12 games under Liam Rosenior – which, if averaged out over a season would give them 76 points – and sit just four points adrift of the top six, you cannot now fail to mention the play-offs, as far fetched as that may have seen just a few short weeks ago.
Teams with momentum at this stage of the season can be dangerous animals and under Rosenior, City are building up a significant amount.
With 16 games to go, everything remains possible but the key thing for Rosenior and his players is to keep the dream alive for as long as possible, and wins like this will only add to the quiet sense of excitement and steely determination.
Callum Elder was playing high but Cyrus Christie was basically a third striker for much of the game. In the first half, Christie had so much space it was almost embarrassing, something the visitors struggled to deal with.
In Rosenior’s system, Christie is a significant cog in the wheel and his display here was as good as we’ve seen since he arrived last summer, and in truth, one goal was the least he should have had for his efforts.
The way the system works makes it so, so hard to defend against and on that side, Christie is building a fruitful relationship with Ozan Tufan, who, by the way, was excellent in the second period.
Don’t write him off
Many expect Karl Darlow to eventually take the number one jersey away from Matt Ingram, but he’s rightly not going to give it up without a fight.
His penalty save to deny Callum Robinson was a good one, and came at a crucial time in the game, while his save to deny Sory Kaba in the final minutes was key. Ingram, for me, doesn’t get enough credit for being a very good, reliable goalkeeper at this level, and City are fortunate now to have both him and one of Darlow’s ability competing for the number one spot.
Competition breeds confidence and brings out the best in players. Penalty saves don’t just happen, goalkeepers research, and this was reward for the work Ingram does.
Like London buses
OK, I couldn’t resist. That saying about waiting for one London bus and then two arrive at the same time, well, that’s exactly what’s happened two hundred miles away at the MKM Stadium.
Having found playing at home impossible for so long, City’s win against QPR last weekend ended the hoodoo and now, they’ve backed it up with another, and another with a clean sheet.
Rosenior’s home record in the league stands at one defeat, two wins and three draws. That’s significant progress, and once the two away trips to Stoke and Norwich are done with, Preston will arrive with the third-best away record in the division – eight wins in 14 games – so, that’s one to look forward to.
Speaking of those two away trips, if City could return unbeaten from the Potteries and East Anglia then they’d be set up perfectly for that clash against the Lilywhites.
City have another free week ahead of the trip to Stoke City on Saturday and it’ll give them the perfect chance to get a full week into Karl Darlow, while also welcoming back Dimitrios Pelkas coupled with the arrival of Malcolm Ebiowei.
Suddenly, City’s squad looks a little stronger with back-to-back away games in the Potteries and then East Anglia by which point Allahyar Sayyadmaneshh will have continued to make good progress.
Benjamin Tetteh will also be just one game away from completing his three-game ban for that daft sending-off at Sheffield United late last month.
In essence, Liam Rosenior’s job is about to get significantly more difficult.