Watford 1 - 2 Hull
Hull's fine away form continued at Watford as another smash-and-grab win gave them renewed hope of making the Championship play-offs.
Corry Evans prodded them into a third-minute lead, though the hosts went on to control much of the game.
But Danny Graham was twice denied by keeper Brad Guzan, and Will Buckley hit a post, before Robert Koren headed a late clincher for the visitors.
Martin Taylor nodded home a consolation goal deep in injury time.
Hull stretch their unbeaten run on the road to 15 matches after making the perfect start to reinvigorate their promotion push.
Liam Rosenior crossed for Evans to poke the ball past Scott Loach for his second goal in Hull colours.
Andreas Weimann recorded Watford's first effort as his shot crept past the post before the Austrian crashed a volley wide.
But it was Graham's involvement that brought them closest to a leveller, as the big striker turned at the edge of the area and let fly with a shot that seemed destined for the top corner - until Guzan brilliantly turned it over the bar.
Watford were in firm control, but Koren's side-footed shot from close range was hacked off the line in a reminder of City's potency on the counter.
John Eustace thought he had equalised at the other end, only for the veteran's header to hit team-mate Weimann and bounce away to safety.
Though Watford bossed posesssion - and chances - they found Hull's defence hard to breach.
Substitute Marvin Sordell put Graham behind the defence but Guzan handed them a reprieve with another vital save to beat the shot to safety.
Koren nodded home Tom Cairney's centre on 90 minutes after the pair had broken clear, before Taylor gave Watford slim hope in stoppage time as Hull moved to within five points of the play-offs.
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Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +4:47
Marvin Sordell produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.90:00 +1:31
Don Cowie provided the assist for the goal.90:00 +1:31 Goal scored
Goal! - Martin Taylor - Watford 1 - 2 Hull Martin Taylor finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Watford 1-2 Hull.90:00 +1:01
The ball is delivered by Danny Graham, Robert Koren gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Don Cowie, clearance by Andy Dawson.89:26
Assist by Tom Cairney.89:26 Goal scored
Goal! - Robert Koren - Watford 0 - 2 Hull Robert Koren grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Watford 0-2 Hull.88:52
The official flags Jay Simpson offside. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.87:41 Booking
Booking Booking for Richard Garcia.86:27
Unfair challenge on Anthony Gerrard by Marvin Sordell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.85:46 Substitution
Substitution Troy Deeney comes on in place of Ross Jenkins.85:32
Marvin Sordell produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.83:40
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marvin Sordell on Anthony Gerrard. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.83:40 Substitution
Substitution James Harper leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Cairney.83:01
Corry Evans has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.80:34
Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.79:22
Ross Jenkins delivers the ball, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.78:14 Substitution
Substitution Andreas Weimann leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Whichelow.77:28
The ball is delivered by Don Cowie, clearance by Anthony Gerrard. Corner taken by Don Cowie, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.76:53
James Harper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Eustace. John Eustace takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Robert Koren from just inside the area clears the crossbar.74:36
Shot by Don Cowie from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.74:14
Richard Garcia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Taylor. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.73:12
Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie, Jack Hobbs manages to make a clearance.71:22
A cross is delivered by Don Cowie, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.69:57 Substitution
Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Marvin Sordell coming on for Will Buckley.69:34
Effort from deep inside the area by Martin Taylor misses to the left of the target.68:55
Richard Garcia challenges Ross Jenkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.67:23
Foul by Jack Hobbs on Andreas Weimann, free kick awarded. Don Cowie restarts play with the free kick.65:53
Andreas Weimann sends in a cross, clearance by Anthony Gerrard. Outswinging corner taken by Don Cowie, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.65:53 Substitution
Substitution Richard Garcia is brought on as a substitute for Matt Fryatt.63:15
Matt Fryatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.62:11
Ross Jenkins has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.61:50
Don Cowie decides to take a short corner.61:00
Lee Hodson delivers the ball, Will Buckley has an effort at goal from the edge of the box hitting the post.60:51
Will Buckley produces a cross, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.59:09
Corner taken by Don Cowie from the right by-line, Jack Hobbs fouled by Martin Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Dawson.58:56
The ball is crossed by John Eustace, blocked by James Chester.58:05
Long distance shot from Robert Koren misses to the left of the target.55:41
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Corry Evans. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.55:41 Substitution
Substitution Jay Simpson is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Mclean.54:26
Andreas Weimann is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.53:00
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andreas Weimann on Bradley Guzan. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.52:13
Aaron Mclean challenges Scott Loach unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.50:01
The ball is sent over by Lee Hodson, Andy Dawson makes a clearance.49:04
Andy Dawson takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.47:03
Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Will Buckley.46:53
The ball is crossed by Danny Graham, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +2:25 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +1:41
Inswinging corner taken by Andy Dawson.45:00 +0:09
The ball is swung over by Robert Koren.44:17
Corry Evans crosses the ball, clearance made by Lloyd Doyley. Corner taken left-footed by Andy Dawson from the right by-line, John Eustace manages to make a clearance.42:56
The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Fryatt. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.42:42
Aaron Mclean produces a cross, Martin Taylor manages to make a clearance.42:21
Andreas Weimann produces a cross, Bradley Guzan makes a save.41:44
Foul by Corry Evans on John Eustace, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.41:05
Andreas Weimann produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.39:58
The referee blows for offside. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.39:35
Aaron Mclean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Taylor. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.39:35 Booking
Booking Aaron Mclean goes into the book.38:43
Andreas Weimann concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Gerrard. Free kick taken by Jack Hobbs.38:43 Booking
Booking Anthony Gerrard receives a yellow card.38:28 Booking
Booking Andreas Weimann is given a yellow card.37:23
Anthony Gerrard delivers the ball.37:16
James Harper crosses the ball, Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.35:46
James Harper fouled by Martin Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Koren restarts play with the free kick. A cross is delivered by Liam Rosenior, clearance by John Eustace.35:27
The ball is crossed by Liam Rosenior.33:15
Danny Graham takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan. Corner taken by Don Cowie, Header from close in by Martin Taylor misses to the left of the goal.31:53
Andreas Weimann fouled by Jack Hobbs, the ref awards a free kick. Don Cowie crosses the ball in from the free kick.30:38
Don Cowie takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.30:30
Centre by Andreas Weimann, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.29:12
Ross Jenkins challenges James Harper unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Koren takes the free kick.27:33
Andy Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Will Buckley. Lee Hodson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Bradley Guzan.25:25
Aaron Mclean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa. Shot from just outside the box by Andreas Weimann misses to the right of the goal.22:25
A cross is delivered by Matt Fryatt, clearance by Martin Taylor.21:47
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Koren, Andreas Weimann makes a clearance.21:36
The ball is crossed by James Harper, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.20:29
Andreas Weimann is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.19:46
Andreas Weimann has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.17:01
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Jenkins by James Harper. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.15:35
Corner taken by Don Cowie from the left by-line played to the near post, save made by Bradley Guzan.12:43
The ball is sent over by Robert Koren, save by Scott Loach.12:18
The ball is sent over by Don Cowie, clearance by Jack Hobbs.11:58
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Chester on Ross Jenkins. Don Cowie restarts play with the free kick.9:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Dawson by Will Buckley. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.9:06
John Eustace takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save.8:05
Corry Evans takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.7:56
The ball is swung over by Liam Rosenior.7:45
A cross is delivered by Aaron Mclean, Martin Taylor gets a block in.4:49
The ball is delivered by Lloyd Doyley, clearance made by Jack Hobbs.2:08
Assist on the goal came from Liam Rosenior.2:08 Goal scored
Goal! - Corry Evans - Watford 0 - 1 Hull Corry Evans grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 0-1 Hull.0:50
Robert Koren takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.0:00
The match begins.
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