Despite a debut from the bench for Tom Huddlestone, the Tigers were never able to lift themselves to the levels required against a Rams team who have had a difficult summer, as reflected in the player ratings.
Matt Ingram – did reasonably well until the blunder that decided the game 5
Lewie Coyle – got in some good crossing positions but unable to pick out team-mates 6
Alfie Jones – had a let-off when Sam Baldock got in too easily behind him 6
Jacob Greaves – turned badly when Kamil Jozwiak hit the post 5
Callum Elder – his best moment was a cross ruined by an offside flag 6
Richie Smallwood – worked hard in midfield 6
Greg Docherty – pulled deeper to deal with Louie Sibley 6
Randell Williams – the odd flash of skill but not much to write home about on his first Tigers start 6
Matt Smith – unable to have as much influence as Hull needed in the hole 5
Keane Lewis-Potter – a couple of nearly moments but no more 6
Josh Magennis – working off starvation rations after a difficult early header 6.
Tom Huddlestone (for Smallwood, 73) – unable to have the impact fans were desperately hoping for 6
WIlliam Jarvis (for Williams, 73) – a deflected shot late on 6
Tom Eaves (for Smith, 78) – encouraged on by the crowd but unable to tip the balance 5
Not used: Emmanuel, Baxter, Cannon, Bernard.