Neither of these sides have struggled for goals so far this season, and they would look to continue their free-scoring form at Ewood Park on Saturday. Blackburn Rovers will fancy their chances of a dramatic return to the top – and the home faithful would undoubtedly be an immense help.
BLA: Pears; Pickering, Hyam, Carter, Rankin-Costello; Wharton, Travis; Dolan, Szmodics, Hedges; Leonard
HCI: Ingram; Greaves, McLoughlin, Jones, Coyle; Seri, Slater; Twine, Tufan, Traore; Delap
Following on from his hat-trick last weekend, Ozan Tufan looked to add to his already-impressive tally early on at Ewood Park. His low strike looked set to creep in at the bottom corner, but a fine diving save from Pears saw Hull’s talisman denied.
Twine looked to create another chance for the visitors with a near-post effort, yet the Blackburn ‘keeper was on hand once more to ensure the game remained goalless for the time being.
The action would intensify further though at Ewood Park, with Pickering dismissed after just seventeen minutes. Keen to bring an end to Delap’s darting run towards goal, the defender committed a foul worthy of a straight red card – though if there was to be any consolation, Twine blasted the resulting free-kick over the crossbar.
Now finding themselves disadvantaged numerically, Blackburn were under increased pressure from the visitors. Tufan was at the heart of the action once more, though his shot was blocked well by the hosts who were desperate to remain in contention.
But the action truly occurred within the last twenty minutes, as Blackburn Rovers found the lead through Gallagher on 74 minutes – capitalising on shaky defending to seemingly secure three points.
Yet when Hull needed a hero, Connolly stepped up to the plate superbly. A stunning equaliser in the 81st minute restored parity at Ewood Park, before the summer signing darted through on goal to produce a composed finish with just two minutes remaining to hand Hull a much-needed win.
Now sitting comfortably in the top half of the EFL Championship standings, Hull City will host Bristol City on Friday. Blackburn Rovers will be on the road, facing Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday lunchtime.