Match ends, Hull City 1, Gillingham 1.
Substitute Olly Lee kept Gillingham in the hunt for a play-off place with a second-half equaliser in the draw at top-of-the-table Hull.
Lee cashed in on defensive hesitancy with a powerful close-range finish after 67 minutes.
Hull had appeared to have subdued Gillingham's rough-and-ready approach once Tom Eaves scored against his former club.
Eaves headed home Mallik Wilks' high cross from the left of the six-yard box after just nine minutes.
The Hull striker nearly scored a second later in the first half when he flicked George Honeyman's neat cross on to the outside of the left post.
Grant McCann's side also struck the crossbar after 58 minutes following Jacob Greaves' wasteful header inside the six-yard box.
Gillingham were robust opponents from kick-off and might even have taken an early lead when Vadaine Oliver hit the base of the left-hand post after five minutes.
Hull still had several chances to extend their lead - most notably when Keane Lewis-Potter dragged and effort wide late on.
Their profligacy in front of goal was costly as they succumbed to the visitors' relentless aggression which led to Lee's instinctive equaliser.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 15JonesSubstituted forMcLoughlinat 90+3'minutes
- 24GreavesBooked at 37mins
- 9EavesSubstituted forScottat 79'minutes
- 21O'ConnorBooked at 90mins
- 10GrahamSubstituted forSamuelat 85'minutes
- 4O'KeefeBooked at 64mins
- 16MacDonaldBooked at 71minsSubstituted forMcKenzieat 82'minutes
- 15AkindeSubstituted forLeeat 61'minutes
- Martin Coy
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Gillingham 1.
Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) hits the left post with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Vadaine Oliver.
Attempt blocked. Vadaine Oliver (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Jackson.
Foul by Regan Slater (Hull City).
Stuart O'Keefe (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Thomas O'Connor (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Thomas O'Connor (Gillingham).
Attempt blocked. Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Hull City. Sean McLoughlin replaces Alfie Jones because of an injury.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jack Bonham.
Attempt saved. Alfie Jones (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Honeyman.
Callum Elder (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dominic Samuel (Gillingham).
Mallik Wilks (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).
Substitution, Gillingham. Dominic Samuel replaces Jordan Graham.
Attempt missed. Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by George Honeyman with a cross.
Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Jackson with a cross.