Hull closed the gap on Championship leaders Cardiff to four points as George Boyd's second-half goal gave them a narrow victory at Huddersfield.

Boyd, on loan from Peterborough, struck barely 30 seconds into the second half, smashing a shot high into the net.

Hull opted to defend their advantage after that but Huddersfield could not find a way through a resolute defence.

The defeat for Huddersfield leaves them just two points above the relegation zone.

Away day joy for Hull

Victory for Hull was their 10th away from home this season. All have been settled by a single goal.

Mark Robins's side went into the game knowing the gap between themselves and the bottom three had been reduced by wins for Sheffield Wednesday, Peterborough and Wolves - teams who were below them earlier in the day.

That perhaps played on the players's mind as they looked nervy in the opening stages, allowing Hull to control possession.

The visitor's early dominance enabled them to create the first chance of the game as Robert Koren picked out Jay Simpson inside the area but the striker's shot on the turn was straight at Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

Huddersfield's first chance of the game came in the 10th minute when Ahmed Elmohamady gifted possession straight to Neil Danns, who turned towards goal before launching a dipping effort that bounced just wide.

After those two efforts, though, there was very little of note for the crowd to get excited about, although Hull almost capitalised on a frail-looking Huddersfield defence as Koren crossed low into the box, but Anthony Gerrard just got ahead of the lurking Elmohamady to clear the danger.

Just 30 seconds into the second half Hull were ahead. Simpson's perfectly weighted ball pierced the Terriers defence and Boyd raced on to it and lashed a shot from the edge of the area into the roof of the net to score his fourth goal of the season and third against Huddersfield.

Going behind prompted a positive response from the hosts as they set about grabbing an equaliser and for the next 10 minutes they enjoyed arguably their best spell of the game.

James Vaughan headed just wide as Hull failed to clear a ball into the box before Danns nodded another chance straight at goalkeeper David Stockdale from Jack Hunt's teasing cross.

Hull seemed quite content to sit on their lead and rarely embarked on a foray into the Huddersfield penalty box, although Boyd had a chance when he was found unmarked inside the area but stabbed his shot straight at Smithies.

Substitute Danny Ward sent a free-kick from a promising position over the bar, but time was fast running out for the home side to snatch an equaliser.

Stockdale almost presented Huddersfield with the chance to grab a point in the last minute of stoppage time when he dropped a cross at the feet of Sean Scannell, but the winger dithered in possession and his effort was cleared to ensure Hull left with all three points.

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"We have a huge game against Watford now on Tuesday. If we can go and get a result there, it's another game gone and you just want to protect that lead, that's the aim - can we protect it with seven games to go?

"It is a good position to be in, but there's still seven games to go and we know how quickly it can change.

"Who would have thought Leicester for example, would have won one of their last 10 and Palace I don't think have won in four or five, the way the Championship is, nothing surprises me. But if we can win (on Tuesday), it will be a huge result for us."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"We were not good enough. I do not think it was a great game by any stretch of the imagination.

"We restricted them to very little, but it is a difficult formation to play against, how they play it and with the quality of players they have got, they are obviously up there for a reason.

"We go to Bolton on Tuesday and have seven games left. It is an interesting end to the season."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Huddersfield

  • 01 Smithies
  • 03 Dixon
  • 05 P Clarke
  • 06 Gerrard
  • 32 Hunt
  • 04 Norwood (Ward - 59' )
  • 08 Clayton Booked (Scannell - 70' )
  • 10 Gobern Booked
  • 20 Danns Booked
  • 18 Vaughan Booked
  • 21 Beckford (Robinson - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett
  • 02 Woods
  • 15 Wallace
  • 11 Ward
  • 07 Scannell
  • 09 Novak
  • 17 Robinson

Hull City

  • 34 Stockdale
  • 05 Chester
  • 06 Hobbs Booked
  • 28 Bruce (Evans - 74' Booked )
  • 10 Koren
  • 23 Faye
  • 27 Elmohamady Booked (Rosenior - 75' )
  • 31 Meyler Booked
  • 11 Simpson
  • 30 Brady
  • 37 Boyd (Cairney - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jakupovic
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 17 Fathi
  • 08 Evans
  • 14 Cairney
  • 22 Gedo
  • 33 Proschwitz
Ref: Deadman
Att: 14,175

Match Stats

Shots

9 6

On target

3 4

Corners

4 3

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:20 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +5:08

Attacking throw-in by Theo Robinson (Huddersfield).

90:00 +3:30

Cross by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield), save (caught) by David Stockdale (Hull).

90:00 +2:13

Defending throw-in by Theo Robinson (Huddersfield).

90:00 +1:06

Defending throw-in by Liam Rosenior (Hull).

90:00 +0:20

Foul by Robbie Brady (Hull) on Sean Scannell (Huddersfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield) from right wing, resulting in open play.

89:39

Attacking throw-in by Liam Rosenior (Hull).

89:34

Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Hull).

88:59 Substitution

Substitution Hull substitution: George Boyd replaced by Tom Cairney (tactical).

88:08

Free kick taken left-footed by James Vaughan (Huddersfield) from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.

88:08 Substitution

Substitution Huddersfield substitution: Jermaine Beckford replaced by Theo Robinson (tactical).

88:03 Booking

Booking Jack Hobbs (Hull) booked for unsporting behaviour.

87:24

Foul by Jack Hobbs (Hull) on James Vaughan (Huddersfield).

85:34

Free kick crossed right-footed by Neil Danns (Huddersfield) from left wing, clearance by Jack Hobbs (Hull).

85:34 Booking

Booking James Vaughan (Huddersfield) booked for unsporting behaviour.

85:14 Booking

Booking Corry Evans (Hull) booked for unsporting behaviour.

84:17

Foul by Corry Evans (Hull) on Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield).

84:08

Attacking throw-in by Neil Danns (Huddersfield).

81:49

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield) to centre, clearance by Jack Hobbs (Hull).

81:01

Cross by Liam Rosenior (Hull), clearance by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield).

80:07

Shot by David Meyler (Hull) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield).

79:16 Booking

Booking Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield) booked for dissent.

78:49

Foul by David Meyler (Hull) on Neil Danns (Huddersfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Neil Danns (Huddersfield) from left channel, passed.

76:40

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield) to centre, save (punched) by David Stockdale (Hull).

76:17

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

74:38 Substitution

Substitution Hull substitution: Ahmed Elmohamady replaced by Liam Rosenior (tactical).

74:00 Substitution

Substitution Hull substitution: Alex Bruce replaced by Corry Evans (tactical).

73:04

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield) to far post, resulting in open play.

69:56 Substitution

Substitution Huddersfield substitution: Adam Clayton replaced by Sean Scannell (tactical).

68:32

Shot by George Boyd (Hull) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield).

67:47

Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Hull).

66:08

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

63:59

Goal kick taken long by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield).

63:18

Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Bruce (Hull) from own half, passed.

63:18 Booking

Booking Adam Clayton (Huddersfield) booked for unsporting behaviour.

62:47

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield) on George Boyd (Hull).

61:15

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

60:29

Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Hull).

59:44

Attacking throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

59:21

Defending throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

59:11

Defending throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

58:44 Substitution

Substitution Huddersfield substitution: Oliver Norwood replaced by Daniel Ward (tactical).

57:52

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield) to centre, save (punched) by David Stockdale (Hull).

57:29

Defending throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

56:42

Cross by Jack Hunt (Huddersfield), header by Neil Danns (Huddersfield) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by David Stockdale (Hull).

55:14

Defending throw-in by James Chester (Hull).

54:49

Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Hull).

54:30

Header by James Vaughan (Huddersfield) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left.

54:14

Shot by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Alex Bruce (Hull).

53:24

Defending throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

53:12

Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Hull).

52:55

Shot by Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left.

51:48

Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull) on Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield) from own half, passed.

51:23

Attacking throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

49:52

Defending throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

49:32

Jay Simpson (Hull) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield) from own half, resulting in open play.

49:25

Goal kick taken long by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield).

48:59

Header by David Meyler (Hull) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

48:04

Attacking throw-in by Robbie Brady (Hull).

47:41 Booking

Booking Neil Danns (Huddersfield) booked for dissent.

45:37

Assist (pass) by Robbie Brady (Hull) from own half.

45:37 Goal scored

Goal! - George Boyd - Huddersfld 0 - 1 Hull City Goal by George Boyd (Hull) right-footed (high centre of goal) from left channel (20 yards).Huddersfield 0-1 Hull.

45:08

Defending throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:23 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:10

Goal kick taken long by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield).

44:52

Handball by Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield). Free kick drilled left-footed by Robbie Brady (Hull) from right channel (30 yards), over the bar.

44:15

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield) on David Meyler (Hull). Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Bruce (Hull) from own half, passed.

42:22

Defending throw-in by Robbie Brady (Hull).

42:08

Attacking throw-in by Neil Danns (Huddersfield).

41:19

Shot by Neil Danns (Huddersfield) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by David Stockdale (Hull).

40:53

Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield) from left channel, passed.

40:53 Booking

Booking David Meyler (Hull) booked for unsporting behaviour.

40:34

Foul by David Meyler (Hull) on Adam Clayton (Huddersfield).

39:18

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Huddersfield) on Alex Bruce (Hull). Free kick taken right-footed by David Stockdale (Hull) from own half, resulting in open play.

38:10

Free kick taken right-footed by Neil Danns (Huddersfield) from left channel, resulting in open play.

38:10 Booking

Booking Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull) booked for unsporting behaviour.

38:03

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull) on Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield).

36:33

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Robert Koren (Hull) to centre, clearance by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield).

35:46

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull) on James Vaughan (Huddersfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield) from left wing, resulting in open play.

35:12

Defending throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

34:12

Goal kick taken long by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield).

33:14

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

32:41

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Robert Koren (Hull) to centre, resulting in open play.

32:32

Attacking throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

31:28

Jay Simpson (Hull) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield) from own half, resulting in open play.

30:19

Foul by George Boyd (Hull) on Adam Clayton (Huddersfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield) from own half, passed.

29:26

Goal kick taken long by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield).

28:15

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Robert Koren (Hull) to near post, clearance by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield).

27:50

Attacking throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

27:07

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield) on David Meyler (Hull). Free kick taken right-footed by David Meyler (Hull) from own half, passed.

24:34

Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Hull).

23:27

Goal kick taken long by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield).

22:59

Cross by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull), resulting in open play.

20:35

Attacking throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

20:19

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

19:51

Shot by James Vaughan (Huddersfield) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by David Stockdale (Hull).

19:25

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield).

16:59

Foul by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield) on George Boyd (Hull). Free kick taken right-footed by Jack Hobbs (Hull) from right channel, resulting in open play.

16:53

Attacking throw-in by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield).

16:18

Defending throw-in by Robbie Brady (Hull).

15:50

Attacking throw-in by Jack Hunt (Huddersfield).

14:27

Attacking throw-in by Jack Hunt (Huddersfield).

13:47

Defending throw-in by Robbie Brady (Hull).

13:20

Defending throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

12:25

Defending throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

11:51

Attacking throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

10:12

Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Hull).

9:54

Shot by Neil Danns (Huddersfield) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left.

8:45

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield) on Abdoulaye Faye (Hull). Free kick taken left-footed by Abdoulaye Faye (Hull) from own half, passed.

7:27

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield) on George Boyd (Hull). Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Bruce (Hull) from right channel, passed.

5:49

Cross by Robert Koren (Hull), clearance by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield). Shot by Jay Simpson (Hull) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield).

5:08

Attacking throw-in by Robbie Brady (Hull).

4:28

Attacking throw-in by Neil Danns (Huddersfield).

4:04

Attacking throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

3:49

Cross by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull), clearance by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield).

2:49

Attacking throw-in by Abdoulaye Faye (Hull).

2:20

Goal kick taken long by Alex Smithies (Huddersfield).

1:44

Attacking throw-in by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull).

1:18

Cross by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull), resulting in open play.

0:56

Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Hull).

0:37

Shot by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.

0:18

Attacking throw-in by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield).

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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