Hull City 2 Ipswich Town 1: match report from the KC Stadium
Nick Proschwitz came off the bench to score twice for Hull City in a dramatic late comeback against Ipswich at the KC Stadium.
The German striker finally opened his account for the Tigers in the 73rd minute, before heading the winning three minutes into injury time.
Ipswich had survived a barrage of City chances in the first half before taking the lead on 29 minutes through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
But City's strong finish means they rise into the Championship play-off places.
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Steve Bruce stuck with Liam Rosenior and Andy Dawson, after their strong showing against Leicester, and resisted the urge to bring back James Chester.
The Tigers had a point to prove at the KC stadium - having lost their last two home games - and showed their intentions in the fifth minute when Sone Aluko’s corner was met by Paul McShane, whose shot needed a scrambled clearance from Ipswich.
Aluko was gifted City’s best chance on goal after 16 minutes when defender Danny Higginbotham slipped in the Ipswich box. However, with just keeper Stephen Henderson to beat, Aluko fired well over.
It was City’s game to dominate as Ipswich only had a Lee Martin shot saved easily by keeper Ben Amos to show for their early efforts.
Henderson was kept busy at the other end by the Tigers and he needed to be quick to collect Aluko’s through-ball with Jay Simpson rushing on.
Emmanuel-Thomas then gave the visitors the lead against the run of play. A quickly taken free-kick on the right saw the 21-year-old given the chance to jink his way into the box and, with no City defenders closing him down, fire into the bottom corner.
Emmanuel-Thomas almost made it two for the visitors, who were growing in confidence, only for Rosenior to make a last-ditch tackle to deny the shot before Daryl Murphy headed over from a corner just before the break.
City came out firing in the second half with two early chances, as Abdoulaye Faye’s looping header was tipped over by Henderson before Dawson’s long-range effort whizzed narrowly over.
Ipswich retaliated through Martin and Nigel Reo-Coker, both of whom tested Amos with strong shots.
City brought on Aaron McLean just after the hour mark followed by a double substitution with Proschwitz and James Chester taking the field, and the hosts at last found vigour.
Stephen Quinn headed wide from Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross before Simpson fed Mclean on the right, who shot straight at Henderson.
The pressure yielded rewards on 73 minutes as Elmohamady found space on the right-hand byline to cross low for Proschwitz, who made no mistake from point-blank range.
City should have been ahead on 84 minutes, only for Quinn’s long-range effort to strike the bar before Proschwitz shot hopelessly over from six yards.
But the German made amends in dramatic style by meeting Elmohamady’s cross in almost the final minute of injury time to power the winner past Henderson.
Tigers: Amos; Rosenior (Mclean 62), Dawson, Faye (Chester, 70), McShane; McKenna, Olofinjana (Proschwitz, 70), Elmohamady, Quinn; Simpson, Aluko.