Hull City stride back into top six with valuable 2-1 win at Bristol
HULL City ended their 47-year wait for an away win at Bristol City this evening after Cole Skuse's own goal sealed a 2-1 victory at Ashton Gate.
Sone Aluko's third goal of the season gave the Tigers a richly deserved early lead before Steven Davies drew Bristol City level against the run of play.
Both sides had chances to go back in front in a tight second half but it was Steve Bruce's men who won it when Stephen Quinn's ball was turned past his own goalkeeper by Skuse.
A seventh win of the season lifted the visitors up to sixth in the Championship ahead of back-to-back home games with Barnsley and Wolves.
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The Tigers, transformed by five changes, showed no signs of a hangover from the midweek loss to Middlesbrough when enjoying the perfect start.
An exceptional passing move inside the hosts' half carved open Bristol City with ease and when Jay Simpson slid in Aluko, the finish past Tom Heaton was a fitting finale to a beautiful passage of play.
The Tigers had the chance to double their lead from another classy move midway through the first half. The overlapping Ahmed Elmohamady ran on to Stephen Quinn's pass, but his low cross to Liam Rosenior brought a diving header wide of the post.
City were made to regret the miss when Bristol City equalised with their first attack of note after 25 minutes. A left-wing cross from Stephen Pearson was not stopped at source and the late-arriving Davies punished a static defence with a calm finish past Ben Amos.
The goal interrupted the Tigers' rhythm but both sides came perilously to grabbing a second early in the second half.
Robert Koren's fierce drive against the crossbar was superb, while Amos only just managed to keep out Jon Stead's low drive.
The fixture was there to be won inside the final quarter and it was the visitors who duly edged back ahead with 25 minutes remaining.
Aluko's shot was brilliantly saved by Heaton but from the loose ball, Quinn's centre was poked into his own net by Skuse.
The Tigers ought to have sewn up the game soon after. Aluko's incisive pass found Simpson in acres of space but he dragged wide past the upright.
One last chance went to Bristol City to level matters for a second time but Ryan Taylor's shot against the crossbar ensured the Tigers escaped with all three points.