Hull City 0-1 Blackburn: Rovers back up to second after victory seals fourth win in a row

Sammie Szmodics scores for Blackburn
Sammie Szmodics capped a fine move to put Blackburn in front against Hull City

Blackburn Rovers moved back into second place in the Championship after a controlled display against Hull City secured a fourth win in a row.

Sammie Szmodic’s classic finish early in the first half proved enough as Rovers comfortably held off a disappointed Tigers team.

Top scorer Ben Brereton Diaz and Sam Gallagher were denied further goals after the break by smart stops from Nathan Baxter.

Hull never threatened to repeat their victory over Rovers in last season’s corresponding fixture in January – after owner Acun Ilicali completed his replay – failing to produce an effort on target all afternoon as James Greaves and Dimitrios Pelkas missed with free headers.

Rovers’ 11th win of the season takes them back to second, three points clear of Queens Park Rangers, and two points behind leaders Burnley.

In-form Rovers started brightly with Szmodics – back in the side after missing last Saturday’s win over Birmingham – epitomizing their confidence in possession and he finished a sweet move to put the visitors ahead.

Szmodics received a perfectly-weighted pass from Adam Wharton beyond the Hull defensive line, and found the bottom left corner of the net with a right-footed effort for his fourth goal of the season.

The Tigers were chasing a third straight victory and consecutive league wins over Blackburn for the first time since 1970, but posed only an occasional threat in the first half with Thomas Kaminski putting away Ryan Longman’s early cross and Greaves curling an effort wide at their best Moments. .

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They were lucky not to fall further behind on the stroke of half-time when Baxter pushed away Brereton Diaz’s shot from 12 yards after some poor defending.

Interim boss Andy Dawson made a double substitution at the break in a bid to draw attention to Hull’s indiscretion and it seemed to have an effect, only for Greaves from a corner and a diving Pelkas to waste good chances with wide headers.

Baxter then had to be at his alert best to stop Rovers extending their lead – turning away Brereton Diaz’s effort from 12 yards before denying Gallagher in a one-on-one after he was found by the Chile forward.

Hull enjoyed more possession as the match wore on but suffered a first defeat in three games after finding Rovers in no mood to relinquish their narrow advantage.

Hull interim boss Andy Dawson told BBC Radio Humberside:

“I was disappointed with the first half – we showed them too much respect, we certainly weren’t aggressive enough.

“I think the one thing we’ve done really impressively recently is keep the ball and I think we’ve given it away too cheaply. That’s the last thing you want to do against a possession-based team.

“We had a really good second half and we created a couple of brilliant chances, but they are the small margins – we came up against a really good team today.”

Blackburn Rovers head coach Jon Dahl Thomasson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

“I think it was well deserved – great credit to the players.

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“We had the tactics right in the first half, controlled the game and scored a big goal – we should have scored more and killed the game before half-time.

“It was a great win and a good performance.”

lineups

Hull

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Baxter
  • 33Christy
  • 6FigueiredoBooked in 78 minutessubstituted forbulletAt 90′minute
  • 5Jonessubstituted forFlemingAt 45′minute
  • 4Graves
  • 24Sirisubstituted forTyphoonAt 45′minute
  • 15ForestBooked in 29 minutes
  • 8Dochertysubstituted forEstupiñánAt 67′minute
  • 20Pelkas
  • 27Slater
  • 16Longmansubstituted forScenicAt 80′minute

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 2bullet
  • 7Typhoon
  • 11Scenic
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 19Estupiñán
  • 21Fleming

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kaminsky
  • 27Travis
  • 5Hiam
  • 16WhartonBooked in 61 minutes
  • 3Pickering
  • 6Morton
  • 36Whartonsubstituted forAyalaAt 62′minute
  • 10Dolansubstituted forCarterAt 62′minute
  • 8Szmodicssubstituted forDokAt 71′minute
  • 22Breton
  • 9Gallaghersubstituted forValeAt 71′minute

Substitutes

  • 4Ayala
  • 13Pears
  • 17Carter
  • 18Markandai
  • 23Dok
  • 29Vale
  • 30Garrett

Referee:
David Webb

Attendance:
18,843

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