Three on the bounce as Hull triumph against Portsmouth

Hull secured a third consecutive win in a 1-0 home victory over Portsmouth.

Hull secured a third consecutive win in a 1-0 home victory over Portsmouth.

For Portsmouth though it is now four games without a win and they also had Luke Varney dismissed 12 minutes from time to conclude a miserable afternoon.

Tigers boss Nigel Pearson was enthused over the result and performance.

"If we had won by three or four goals I don't think it would have flattered us.

"We were by far the better side and the players were fabulous. It was just what we were looking for.

"The tempo from start to finish was good and their keeper pulled off a couple of very good saves. In spells it was one of our best performances of the season.

"I'm very pleased with a third straight clean sheet and how the back five performed, but really it's about the team performance.

"We have a young side and I've always had a lot of faith in our team, and the players should receive a lot of credit for that performance."

Pearson's only disappointment was Hull's inability to convert their chances into a more convincing victory.

Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill felt Varney's red card was "harsh" after watching his side reduced to 10 men for the second consecutive match.

"I thought Luke got a bit of a nudge just before the tackle and maybe it was a booking, but I'm not convinced it was a red card," Cotterill said.

"The guy jumped up straight away and was alright. Luke did catch him but it wasn't with a straight leg and he wasn't showing his studs.

"I do think that's the way things are going at the moment and we are being punished for every mistake.

"It was a disappointing performance in the first half, and although we were better in the second I don't think we worked their goalkeeper enough to get a result.

"We had a good following again and the changing room is desperately disappointed with that first-half performance."

 
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