Grosicki at the double as Town lose out to Tigers
Two goals from Kamil Grosicki were enough to keep the Tigers in the hunt for the Play-Offs at Portman Road.
The Poland international beat his countryman Bart Bialkowski with a low finish on 13 minutes and then added a second four minutes after the break.
Kayden Jackson went closest to finding the net for Town, his shot cleared off the line just before half-time as Hull retained their record of not losing to Blues since 2008.
Matt Pennington missed out with an ankle injury as Town made three changes to the side that drew with Forest before the international break, Toto Nsiala coming in, along with Jackson and Trevoh Chalobah.
Town started positively, Gwion Edwards and Alan Judge both finding space down the right to whip in dangerous crosses that David Marshall plucked from the air but
Hull quickly grew into the game and they went ahead when Grosicki finished off a flowing move.
Grosicki was a foot away from setting up Fraizer Campbell soon after, the ball squirming away from danger as Myles Kenlock covered, Town then forced into a change with the injured Jon Nolan replaced by Andre Dozzell.
Kenlock cut in and fired over as Town looked for an immediate response, Chalobah and Edwards linking up well down the right, Reece Burke in the right place to clear, Marc Pugh crowded out inside Blues’ box, then Jackson couldn’t get enough on his header to trouble Marshall.
Dozzell’s left footer was blocked, Edwards over the bar with his follow up from the rebound, then James Bree sent in a great cross that Edwards couldn’t get on the end of.
Hull lost Campbell seven minutes before the break, Chris Martin the replacement. Blues were then denied an equaliser when Eric Lichah cleared Jackson’s effort off the line in the final moments of the first-half.
Jackson worked space down the left but his cross was cleared as Blues started brightly but it was the Tigers who struck, Jarrod Bowen worked his way down the right before finding Grosicki, who buried his shot into the far corner on 49 minutes.
Judge was just wide with a curler from the edge of the box as Town looked for a way back into the game, Dozzell finding Jackson with a slick pass, the striker high and wide, then Bree volleying over at the far post.
Judge was a persistent problem for Hull down Town’s left his cross deflected behind by Burke, the Republic of Ireland international then testing Marshall with a vicious shot from the right, the Tigers smothering the loose ball away from danger.
Idris El Mizouni came on for his home debut as the game entered the closing stages, Cole Skuse making way, Robbie McKenzie on for the injured Burke as Hull made a second forced change.
A quality pass from Dozzell released the ever willing Judge but Marshall was equal to the task with El Mizouni testing Marshall but it was Hull who almost added a third, Pugh hitting the post.
Town: Bialkowski, Bree, Chambers, Nsiala, Kenlock, Chalobah, Skuse (El Mizouni 72), Edwards, Nolan (Dozzell 15), Judge, Jackson (Quaner 60). Subs not used: Gerken, Knudsen, Downes, Emmanuel. Booked: Edwards.
Hull: Marshall, Lichaj, De Wijs, Burke (McKenzie 72), Pugh, Grosicki (Evandro 85), Irvine, Kane, Batty, Bowen, Campbell (Martin 37). Subs not used: Long, Stewart, Milinkovic, Ridgewell. Booled: Marshall, De Wijs.