The immediate pre-match protest was more interesting than the match itself. James Chestney reports.
Hull City made it five wins unbeaten with a lacklustre performance but which was enough to see off Brentford at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night.
Manager Steve Bruce made changes to his squad as they have secured their place in the play-offs but on this performance promotion to the Promised Land is going to be tough. Ahead of a trip to already relegated Bolton Wanderers City know they will meet Derby County, their bogey team, in the play offs.
City took the lead with half an hour gone when Harry McGuire’s pass found full back Andrew Robertson. His cross was fierce enough for Harlee Dean to turn the ball into his own net for a 1-0 lead as they strolled towards victory.
The home side could and should have doubled their lead when defender Alex Bruce was brought down in the area by Jake Bidwell. Adama Diomande stepped up but his poor effort was saved by Brentford keeper David Button.
On the stroke of half-time the game was put beyond doubt when Mohamed Diame put away his own rebound from close range to secure the win in match overshadowed by the ‘red card’ protests.
It is now all about how the Tigers do at Bolton on Saturday and at home in the final game of the season to Rotherham United the week after. Derby, who have beaten the Tigers twice already this season, will hope to close the gap and lie in wait in the play-offs.