Hull City 1 (Proschwitz 59)
Huddersfield Town 0
Hull City will make a rare venture into the fourth round of the League Cup after coming through a tricky third round tie against Huddersfield Town with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night.
Not since 1977 have the Tigers enjoyed such a run in the competition, but Nick Proschwitz’s second half strike ensured their name will be in the hat for the next round.
It was far from straight-forward for Steve Bruce’s side who, despite always enjoying more possession and territory, found their Championship opponents difficult to break down.
Nine changes to Bruce’s starting eleven meant that it would always take time for City to find any rhythm but they still looked the more dangerous during the early exchanges with Yannick Sagbo’s excellent cross from the left wing going unrewarded despite passing right through the Huddersfield six-yard box.
The Tigers continued to press with Matty Fryatt seeing a shot charged down by the visiting defence before Abdoulaye Faye headed a Stephen Quinn free kick wide.
Proschwitz saw a shot blocked behind before Huddersfield threatened through Sean Scannell’s burst down the middle which set up a chance for Daniel Carr but his effort was blocked.
The best chance of the first half fell to Fryatt after he was set up by Proschwitz, but despite doing everything right, the striker’s left-footed shot came back off the far post.
Fryatt was away again soon after, but this time he curled over the bar from 20 yards after seizing on Scannell’s loose pass.
Alex Bruce made a timely intervention to deny Carr while at the other end Joe Dudgeon found George Boyd at the far post only for him to see his effort charged down.
Oscar Gobern headed over from a good position for the visitors just before half time while Boyd saw two efforts charged down inside the Huddersfield box as the half drew to a close.
Half Time: Hull City 0-0 Huddersfield Town
In a slow start to the second period Sagbo volleyed an effort well wide while Boyd was again denied by some stubborn defending.
The game’s key moment arrived just before the hour when the Tigers worked the ball inside nicely from the right, Fryatt let the ball run across his body whilst keeping his marker out of the game and allowed Proschwitz to run onto it and lash a shot high into the net from eight yards out.
City threatened again soon after when Sagbo set up Fryatt who flicked the ball up nicely for a volley, only for a defender to nip in and take the chance away.
Gedo was introduced to the action in the 68th minute and he was followed soon after by midfielder Conor Henderson.
Faye picked up a yellow card for a foul which resulted in Adam Hammill curling a free kick over the bar before City threatened from a corner nodded back across goal by Faye, Bruce and Gedo failing to get a telling touch in front of goal.
The Tigers’ lead should have been doubled 11 minutes from time when a poor clearance from Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies fell at the feet of Proschwitz, but with only the keeper to beat the German striker fired over the bar.
Chances were at a premium late on with the main one going begging for the visitors in added time as the Tigers held on.
Tigers: Steve Harper, Liam Rosenior, Abdoulaye Faye, Alex Bruce, Joe Dudgeon, George Boyd, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn (Conor Henderson 74), Yannick Sagbo, Nick Proschwitz, Matty Fryatt (Gedo 68).
Subs Not Used: Eldin Jakupovic, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Ahmed Elmohamady.
Huddersfield: Alex Smithies, Calum Woods, Oliver Norwood (Adam Hammill 67), Sean Scannell, Oscar Gobern, Murray Wallace, Keith Southern, Martin Paterson (Cristian Lopez 53), Jake Carroll, Daniel Carr (Duane Holmes 50), Tom Smith.
Subs Not Used: Ian Bennett, Jon Stead, Jazz Richards, Liam Ridehalgh.
Referee: Mr S. Hooper.
Attendance: 7,151 (955 visiting fans).