The sequence of wins and clean sheets may be over, but the Tigers still managed to claim a point as they drew 1-1 with Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday lunchtime.
After falling behind to Kieran Agard’s first half opener, Shaun Maloney emerged from the bench to haul his side level 17 minutes from time, with a draw the very least the visitors deserved for their performance.
Steve Bruce made two changes to his side with Tom Huddlestone replacing the injured David Meyler in midfield while Chuba Akpom came in for Abel Hernandez up front.
The early stages saw the Tigers play some lovely football as they were afforded the space to do so, although it was the home side that carried the greater threat in attack with Joanthan Kodjia sending an effort just wide after a misjudgement from Michael Dawson had seen a long ball carry through to him.
Some good defending from Dawson saw away a dangerous Bristol City before Harry Maguire found himself in all kinds of trouble with Elliott Bennett running at him, the defender eventually hauling his man to the ground on the edge of the box at the expense of a free kick and a yellow card. Luke Freeman took the set-piece and forced Allan McGregor to tip the ball over his bar.
The Tigers’ first threat was a promising one as Mohamed Diame and Sam Clucas linked up in the opposition’s box, Diame seeing his shot deflected away for a corner which the home side struggled to clear before Dawson blasted over from 18 yards.
Tom Huddlestone picked up a yellow for a trip on Agard deep in Bristol territory but the Tigers were now looking the more threatening in attack with a drive forward from Maguire ending with a ferocious strike that had to be turned over by goalkeeper Frank Fielding.
Dawson picked up his fifth booking of the season shortly after and immediately pulled up with an injury, leading to the introduction of the fit-again Curtis Davies from the bench.
Andrew Robertson was also shown a fifth yellow of the campaign six minutes before the break, and as well as a one-match ban, it also cost his side a goal from the resulting free kick as the ball eventually fell at the feet of Agard at the far post and he curled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.
The response to falling behind was a positive one from the away side with Jake Livermore being denied by a wonderful save from Fielding and Akpom just failing to connect with a Robertson cross.
The start to the second half was a quiet one with a strong wind making things difficult for both teams.
Sam Clucas sent a low shot just wide after linking up nicely with Livermore, while Huddlestone was also just off target from the edge of the box before Maloney was introduced from the bench in place of Akpom.
And 11 minutes after coming on, Maloney had the Tigers level. McGregor’s long ball up field was cleverly flicked through by Diame, allowing Maloney to break the offside trap and race through on goal. Despite a defender almost catching him, the Scottish international kept his composure to finish beyond Fielding.
The Tigers now looked likely to go on and win it with Diame shooting just wide from 30 yards, Davies seeing a shot blocked inside the box, substitute Sone Aluko volleying just wide and Clucas going close in the late stages, but Bruce’s men had to make do with a point.
Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo (Sone Aluko 82), Michael Dawson (Curtis Davies 37), Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone, Sam Clucas, Mohamed Diame, Chuba Akpom (Shaun Maloney 62).
Subs Not Used: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, Ryan Taylor, Isaac Hayden.
Bristol City: Frank Fielding, Elliott Bennett (Mark Little 82), Luke Ayling, Aden Flint, Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams, Korey Smith, Marlon Pack, Luke Freeman, Kieran Agard, Jonathan Kodjia (Aaron Wilbraham 78).
Subs Not Used: Max O'Leary, Joe Bryan, Liam Moore, Bobby Reid, Simon Cox.
Referee: Mr P. Tierney.
Attendance: 14,590 (752 Visiting Supporters).