Blackburn had been left annoyed after being held to a 0-0 draw by Hull at Ewood Park, however the level did see Jon Dahl Tomasson’s aspect transfer as much as sixth and again into the play-off spots.
Blackburn had been seeking to strike a decisive blow within the race for the highest six after wins for 5 rivals earlier within the day however couldn’t discover a well beyond the Tigers.
They began nicely sufficient and their stress ought to have led to a half-time lead however Tyrhys Dolan slotted large a gilt-edged likelihood. Roared on by 1,400 away followers, Hull shaded the second half and Allahyar Sayyadmanesh additionally missed the goal when nicely positioned because the guests appeared to money in on their ragged hosts.
A grandstand end evaded Blackburn, whose greatest likelihood got here in stoppage time when Sorba Thomas struck the aspect netting however they’re now winless in 4 and though they’re some extent clear in sixth, it felt like a missed alternative and now units up a doubtlessly season-defining recreation on Wednesday with seventh-placed Coventry.
Hull can be massively inspired by this efficiency following current efforts towards different play-off chasing groups as they made it 5 with out defeat.
How Hull frstrated play-off chasing Blackburn…
Sam Gallagher was recalled to make his one hundred and fiftieth begin for Rovers whereas teenager Harry Leonard made his Hull debut.
Blackburn began confidently and after Ozan Tufan dragged a shot large, they carved Hull open however Joe Rankin-Costello blasted over from the sting of the realm after beating the guests’ press.
Hull nearly profited from a free Dominic Hyam go halfway via the half however Aynsley Pears shovelled Regan Slater’s 20-yard effort behind.
Dolan ought to have put Rovers forward within the thirty third minute when Ben Brereton Diaz’s go discovered him 12 yards out however he in some way shot large with simply Karl Darlow to beat.
Tyler Morton noticed a strong strike deflected over simply earlier than the break however afterwards, Hull had been a lot improved and nearly scored instantly after the kick-off however Slater dragged a shot large.
They ought to have gone forward seven minutes later when Jean Seri’s incisive ball discovered Sayyadmanesh, who outmuscled Harry Pickering six yards out however despatched his shot agonisingly large of the far put up.
Sammie Szmodics hammered large as Blackburn appeared to up the tempo however on the different finish, Hull went shut once more as Adama Traore despatched a curling effort simply large of the left put up.
Despite a ragged second half, Blackburn stretched Hull and solely an exquisite sort out from Callum Elder prevented Brereton Diaz from getting a shot away.
The Tigers nearly profited from a late counter-attack as Rovers pushed for a winner however Slater lashed harmlessly over when nicely positioned.
A late Adam Wharton cross evaded all people and in stoppage time, Thomas lashed into the aspect netting from a decent angle.
‘Reaching the play-offs can be robust for Blackburn’
Former Blackburn midfielder Keith Andrews on Sky Sports:
“It’s simply a kind of video games.
“If Dolan takes that chance within the first half Hull have to come back out extra and commit extra our bodies ahead, after which, with the kind of gamers Blackburn have, a counter-attacking risk themselves, it is a totally different kind of recreation.
“I do not purchase into the similarities with final yr (when Blackburn fell simply wanting a play-off place). I’m within the camp that Jon Dahl Tomasson has carried out a very good job.
“Of course, they need to maintain pushing ahead and they’re again within the play-offs with a recreation in hand, however it will be tough for Blackburn due to who they should play within the subsequent few weeks.”
What the managers mentioned…
Blackburn boss Jon Dahl Tomasson: “It was not the end result we wished. Not in any respect. I feel in the event you have a look at the sport, I feel we did sufficient to win it.
“We had been shedding high quality in ending, taking too many touches as an alternative of capturing on aim, and decision-making within the final third. At the opposite hand, some extent at this stage will be extraordinarily essential in the long term. We should not overlook that.
“I do not assume our efficiency was on the similar stage like towards Huddersfield. But I feel we did sufficient to win it, however in fact we had been missing high quality in ending and decision-making. That’s the distinction. That’s why it is a draw and never a win right this moment. I do not assume that they had quite a lot of alternatives, the opponent.
“So disenchanted with the draw however at this stage, every level will be essential. Five video games to go, nonetheless within the play-offs. I feel in the event you requested that originally of the season, all people would have taken that. Everybody, after two good runs within the cups as nicely.”
Hull head coach Liam Rosenior: “Bravery to dam photographs, bravery to defend, bravery to play out from the again when they’re urgent us.
“Some of our soccer from Karl (Darlow) reduce proper via them. They’re urgent Karl, he is staying calm, enjoying via the press.
“That’s what I need and the extra we do, the higher we’ll get at it. So, the phrase for tonight was simply bravery.
“I assumed we had been wonderful towards an excellent crew. I’ve mentioned earlier than, I need to play our manner. I assumed it was two actually good footballing groups going at it.
“It wasn’t a 0-0 recreation. I assumed both aspect may have received the sport however I actually loved watching that.
“Jon’s carried out an amazing job with a very younger crew, enjoying in a sure manner and we’re getting there.
“We had been fearless right this moment. Young Harry Vaughan epitomised that along with his efficiency and there was quite a lot of actually optimistic issues to come back out of tonight.”
Both sides are again in motion on Wednesday evening. Blackburn host Coventry in a 7.45pm kick-off dwell on the Sky Sports Football Red Button & Sky Sports app. Hull head to Middlesbrough in an 8pm kick-off dwell on Sky Sports Football.