Harry Toffolo’s goal ten minutes from time condemned 10-man Hull City to a 0-1 defeat in the Sky Bet Championship.
Tom Eaves was dismissed in first-half injury-time after receiving a second yellow card, before Toffolo’s finish secured the Terriers all three points at the MKM Stadium.
Shota Arveladze made two changes to his starting XI from the one that faced Luton Town before the international break. Brandon Fleming and Regan Slater came into the team for Callum Elder and Greg Docherty, who were named on the bench, while defender Alfie Jones made his 50th start in all competitions for the Tigers.
Keane Lewis-Potter had the first opportunities of the game as he fired a low shot narrowly wide, before the forward later saw a whipped free-kick from 20-yards acrobatically saved by Lee Nicholls. Good build-up play on the left saw Brandon Fleming deliver a cross for Jones, with the defender seeing his effort blocked, before Matt Ingram produced a stunning save to deny Duane Holmes from point-blank range.
Eaves almost put the Tigers in front on the half-an-hour mark as Fleming drilled a low ball towards the back post, but an outstretched Eaves just couldn’t reach the teasing delivery to guide the ball home. The forward would later get sent off in first-half injury time after receiving a second bookable offence, before Ollie Turton headed narrowly wide from the resulting free-kick by Sorba Thomas.
In the second half, Regan Slater denied Jordan Rhodes brilliantly with a last-ditch sliding challenge in the six-yard area, before Toffolo saw his strike blocked by the onrushing Jones. The Terriers were trying to make their man advantage count as Josh Koroma was next to take aim, but Ingram’s incredible diving save to his left-hand side denied the Huddersfield winger.
Rhodes then dragged an effort wide from the edge of the penalty area, before the visiting striker saw a free-kick attempt blocked by the Tigers. Lewis O’Brien’s drive into the box and shot was parried by Ingram at his near post, before the Tigers’ goalkeeper plucked Jonathan Russell’s header out of the air as he gathered comfortably.
The Terriers broke the deadlock on 79 minutes. Ingram initially saved a shot from close range brilliantly after Danel Sinani’s corner delivery caused problems, but the rebound fell to Toffolo who fired home the rebound.
Greaves had to be alert to deny Huddersfield a second just minutes later, before Lewis-Potter fired a cross-shot narrowly wide late-on, with Allahyar Sayyadmanesh almost getting on the end of the winger’s volley. In injury-time, O’Brien drilled an effort from range wide, before Sayyadmanesh headed narrowly wide from Richie Smallwood’s cross.
Hull City (3-4-2-1): Matt Ingram; Alfie Jones, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Ryan Longman (Callum Elder 65’), Richie Smallwood (C), Regan Slater (Greg Docherty 76’), Brandon Fleming (Allahyar Sayyadmanesh 83’); George Honeyman, Keane Lewis-Potter; Tom Eaves.
Subs Not Used: Nathan Baxter, Tyler Smith, Tom Huddlestone, Di’Shon Bernard.
Huddersfield Town (4-3-3): Lee Nicholls; Ollie Turton (Pipa 73’), Tom Lees, Levi Colwill, Harry Toffolo; Duane Holmes (Fraizer Campbell 57’), Jonathan Russell, Lewis O’Brien (C); Sorba Thomas, Jordan Rhodes, Josh Koroma (Danel Sinani 73’).
Subs Not Used: Jamal Blackman, Matthew Pearson, Scott High, Carel Eiting.