Harry Toffolo scored a late winner to send Huddersfield Town third in the Championship as they finally overcame 10-man Hull City.
The Terriers’ play-off chances had been dented in recent weeks, having not won in three games, but the late goal solidified their top-six hopes.
Having played with an extra man for the entire second half after Tom Eaves’ second yellow card just before the break, the frustration was palpable until 11 minutes from the end.
Danel Sinani’s free-kick was headed towards goal by Tom Lees, parried away by home goalkeeper Matt Ingram, but bundled home by Toffolo.
They fashioned a glorious chance to steal a point deep into added time as Richie Smallwood crossed for substitute Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, but the Iranian headed wide from six yards out.
Huddersfield are now seven points clear of seventh-placed Middlesbrough with six games remaining.
It was a sixth-straight home defeat for Hull, a club record, but they have a 13-point buffer to the bottom three.
The Tigers’ chances of beating their high-flying Yorkshire rivals was made even more difficult by Eaves’ dismissal in first-half stoppage time.
Having already been booked for an unnecessarily strong challenge on Levi Colwill on the halfway line, he needlessly tripped Lewis O’Brien and was shown a second yellow card.
Hull almost paid the price immediately as Ollie Turton headed a free-kick wide from the middle of the area, but the hosts held out bravely deep into the second half.
There was a suggestion Lees was offside in the build-up to the goal but Hull’s protests were waved away as the Terriers celebrated wildly in front of their travelling support.
The visitors had earlier been denied two penalties by referee Jeremy Simpson – the first a clear handball from Jacob Greaves and then Smallwood’s foul on Josh Koroma that was ruled to be outside the area.
Huddersfield’s second-half dominance eventually paid off and they now have a 10-day wait before entertaining fellow play-off chasers Luton.
Hull manager Shota Arveladze told BBC Radio Humberside:
“I think it wasn’t a purposeful tackle for the second yellow card but I am not complaining.
“We reacted well until the goal and then we created shots and corners and chances for the equaliser.
“Allahyar travelled a very long way before today and it would have been great for him to score at the end.”
Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio Leeds:
“We would have liked to have got the result sooner than we did but know that doesn’t happen in the Championship which is such a very competitive competition.
“When they lost a player we tried to put more balls into the box but we had to wait until late in the game to seal the three points.
“We prevented them counter-attacking and stopped them winning many fouls which blocked their way back into the game.”
- 16LongmanSubstituted forElderat 65′minutes
- 27SlaterSubstituted forDochertyat 76′minutesBooked at 78mins
- 21FlemingBooked at 41minsSubstituted forSayyadmaneshat 83′minutes
- 9EavesBooked at 45mins
- 20TurtonSubstituted forÁvilaat 73′minutes
- 19HolmesSubstituted forCampbellat 58′minutes
- 16ThomasBooked at 41mins
- 10KoromaSubstituted forSinaniat 74′minutes
- Jeremy Simpson
Match ends, Hull City 0, Huddersfield Town 1.
Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Huddersfield Town 1.
Attempt missed. Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.
Attempt missed. Lewis O’Brien (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Levi Colwill.
Attempt blocked. Richard Smallwood (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town).
Sean McLoughlin (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Pipa (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (Hull City).
Substitution, Hull City. Allahyar Sayyadmanesh replaces Brandon Fleming.
Attempt missed. Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Danel Sinani with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jacob Greaves.
Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sorba Thomas.
Goal! Hull City 0, Huddersfield Town 1. Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.
Attempt saved. Tom Lees (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danel Sinani.
Greg Docherty (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Pipa (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Greg Docherty (Hull City).
Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town).
Jacob Greaves (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.