HUDDERSFIELD TOWN manager Mark Robins immediately identified George Boyd as the man who made the difference in this match.
The 27-year-old new Scotland international not only scored the goal which left Robins’ side 19th in the Championship, just two points above the relegation zone.
Robins also admitted the former Stevenage man, who is on loan to Hull from Championship rivals Peterborough with a view to a permanent move, played a vital part in the Tigers’ hard-to-combat tactical approach to Saturday’s Sky Sports-televised clash.
Boyd, who netted just 36 seconds into the second half, has four goals in his six games for Hull.
And after a double for Peterborough earlier in the season, he has scored five times in eight outings against Town down the years.
Robins claimed James Vaughan was fouled (by James Chester) in the build-up to a goal set up by Robert Koren’s upfield ball and Jay Simpson’s low diagonal pass.
“I was disappointed we didn’t get that decision,” said the manager. “But we can’t rely on the referee, we have to rely on ourselves. When we gave the ball away, we didn’t get back in quick enough.
“There was only one player on the pitch who would have scored it. It was just our luck it fell to Boyd. He hit it brilliantly and gave the keeper no chance, but from our point of view, it was a poor goal.
“Then they were happy to sit back, get men behind the ball and soak up the pressure.”
Robins was frustrated that Town couldn’t combat the way Steve Bruce’s men flooded the midfield.
“They overload that area,” he explained. “With the wing-backs pushing up, they already have five, then Boyd drops in to make six.
“I wanted to play two up front (James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford) because I wanted to try and get the attacking impetus as the home side.
“But you have to do the right things without the ball to stop them playing and we didn’t.
“You need players to drop in and help out, maybe the full-backs or maybe Vaughany, but they then have to get back into their original positions.
“We ended up with Vaughany playing wide left, too far away from Jermaine.”
Robins accepted Beckford, back from duty with Jamaica and making a first start since a torn hamstring, didn’t make the impact required.
“We could have done with a little bit more from Jermaine,” said the manager, who finally replaced him with fellow Jamaican international Theo Robinson after 88 minutes.
“He was great against Leeds when he came on for that cameo role.
“It was a bit of a gamble to start him against Hull because he has travelled to be with Jamaica. But he is a capable player, and I tried to give him as much time on the pitch as I could.”