Nigel Adkins’ men followed up their weekend success against Norwich with a dominant display against the Tractor Boys, taking a 2-0 lead in the first half through goals from Markus Henriksen and Harry Wilson’s second in as many games. Jarrod Bowen’s 14th of the season killed the game just after the break, with the visitors then staying strong at the back to keep a clean sheet.
Adkins made three changes to his starting eleven following the weekend victory over Ipswich’s local rivals, Norwich City. Allan McGregor returned in goal as David Marshall dropped to the bench, while Michael Hector and Fraizer Campbell also came into the side with Ondrej Mazuch and Abel Hernandez, who both recently returned from injury lay-offs, left out.
Ipswich made a late change to their squad, with striker Joe Garner withdrawn from the bench less than an hour before kick-off. 19-year-old Aaron Drinan was his replacement.
Ipswich were the better side in a quiet opening and almost went in front through a Jordan Spence header in the seventh minute but his effort came back off the post with McGregor well beaten.
The Tigers then created their first opening when Campbell found himself inside the Ipswich box. His blocked shot almost ran kindly for Jackson Irvine six yards out but a well-timed challenge from a defender meant his couldn’t get a shot away.
Irvine had a better opportunity with 11 minutes played as Bowen sent him into the box but a low strike was kept out by goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Wilson warmed Bialkowski’s hands with a 20-yard drive before the Tigers took the lead on 18 minutes. Hector’s long free kick to the edge of the Ipswich box was won by Irvine, and he played the ball back for Henriksen to fire a low shot into the bottom corner from around 25 yards out.
Bowen almost added a second when he seized on a loose header from Tristan Nydam and took aim from the edge of the area only to see his effort come back off the base of Bialkowski’s right-hand post.
McGregor made a fine save to preserve his side’s lead as he tipped Grant Ward’s header over the bar and it proved crucial as the Tigers made it 2-0 five minutes before half time. Bowen played Ola Aina down the right touchline and when he crossed to the far post, Wilson was there to meet it with a calm side-foot volley.
The home fans greeted the half time whistle with a chorus of boos and Ipswich made a double change at the break, which brought the introduction for a former Tiger in the shape of striker Martyn Waghorn.
It made little difference, initially at least, as the Tigers made it 3-0 a little over 60 seconds after the restart. After some nice inter-play on the right involving Henriksen and Aina, Bowen skipped past his man and cut inside before beating Bialkowski at the near post with a low finish.
It was only then that Ipswich began to exert any kind of sustained pressure with McGregor having to save from Freddie Sears and Hector in the right place at the right time to cut out Bersant Celina’s dangerous ball across the face of goal.
The Tigers’ first change came just after the hour as Will Keane replaced Campbell before a second substitution saw David Meyler come on for Seb Larsson.
Sears sent a volley wide as Ipswich searched for a consolation goal, while at the other end Keane’s low drive was kept out by Bialkowski.
A third and final change by Adkins saw Kamil Grosicki brought on to replace Irvine ten minutes from time as the Tigers comfortably saw the game out to move nine points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s trip to Birmingham City.
Ipswich Town: Bartosz Bialkowski, Jordan Spence, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Luke Chambers, Jonas Knudsen, Luke Hyam, Stephen Gleeson (Callum Connolly 46), Tristan Nydam (Martyn Waghorn 46), Grant Ward, Bersant Celina (Ben Morris 80), Freddie Sears.
Subs Not Used: Michael Crowe, Adam Webster, Aaron Drinan, Myles Kenlock.
Hull City: Allan McGregor, Ola Aina, Michael Dawson, Michael Hector, Max Clark, Sebastian Larsson (David Meyler 73), Markus Henriksen, Jarrod Bowen, Jackson Irvine (Kamil Grosicki 80), Harry Wilson, Fraizer Campbell (Will Keane 63).
Subs Not Used: David Marshall, Nouha Dicko, Fikayo Tomori, Angus MacDonald.
Referee: Mr J. Simpson.
Attendance: 13,031 (290 Visiting Supporters).