2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Markus Henriksen (18')
  • Harry Wilson (40')
  • Jarrod Bowen (47')

Hull ease relegation fears at Ipswich

Hull eased their relegation fears with a convincing 3-0 win at Ipswich with the result virtually condemning the home side to another season in the Championship and dismissing their outside chances of gaining a play-off place.
It was the second win on the trot for the Tigers, who are now nine points clear of the drop zone, having beaten the Tractor Boys' arch rivals Norwich at the weekend.
It also signalled the fifth home game on the trot for Ipswich where they have failed to score.
Goals came from Markus Henriksen, Harry Wilson and Jarrod Bowen.
Ipswich full back Jonas Knudsen cut out a dangerous crossfield pass from Wilson to striker Fraizer Campbell in the sixth minute and moments later Ipswich won the first corner of the match which Jordan Spence headed onto the right hand post of Allan McGregor's goal.
Wilson then fired in a shot in the 15th minute from just inside the penalty area which was too hot for Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski to handle and he gathered the ball at the second attempt.
Hull took the lead in the 18th minute when Jackson Irvine headed the ball down from inside the penalty area for Henriksen to fire home smartly into Bialkowski's left hand corner of the goal from outside the penalty area.
A mis-placed pass by Tristan Nydam in the 28th minute resulted in the ball breaking to Jarrod Bowen, whose shot from outside the penalty area stuck Bialkowski's left-hand post.
Then a good move from the home side found Freddie Sears free wide on the right, whose pinpoint cross was headed goalwards by Grant Ward for McGregor to tip over the bar.
But Hull extended their lead following a great cross to the far post by Campbell in the 40th minute for Wilson to steer home.
And as the half drew to a close, Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy led his team off the pitch to a chorus of boos.
Two minutes into the second half the visitors scored their third goal when Bowen danced through the Ipswich defence to slide the ball under Bialkowski.
In the 52nd minute, loud cheers resounded round Portman Road as Sears' shot on goal was parried by McGregor.
Hull appeared to ease off and sit back as Ipswich came back into the game gaining more ball possession and in the 75th minute a cross from Knudsen fell to Sears just inside the penalty area, whose half volley went narrowly wide of McGregor's' left hand post.
But Hull's defence held strong for them to end worth winners.

English League Championship Standings

1 West Bromwich Albion 11 +8 22
2 Nottingham Forest 11 +7 22
3 Preston North End 11 +11 21
4 Swansea City 11 +7 21
5 Leeds United 11 +8 20
6 Bristol City 11 +5 20
7 Fulham 11 +10 19
8 Sheffield Wednesday 11 +7 19
9 Queens Park Rangers 11 -1 19
10 Charlton Athletic 11 +3 18
11 Cardiff City 11 0 16
12 Birmingham City 11 -3 16
13 Derby County 11 0 15
14 Blackburn Rovers 11 -2 14
15 Millwall 11 -4 14
16 Hull City 11 -2 13
17 Brentford 11 0 12
18 Luton Town 11 -5 11
19 Wigan Athletic 11 -7 11
20 Middlesbrough 11 -5 10
21 Huddersfield Town 11 -6 8
22 Reading 11 -6 8
23 Barnsley 11 -14 6
24 Stoke City 11 -11 5