Hull City safe after 10-goal thriller

Nigel Adkins praised the togetherness and character of his Hull City team after Championship survival was secured in an amazing game at Ashton Gate.

Joy: Hull City's Fraizer Campbell, centre, celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal.
Joy: Hull City's Fraizer Campbell, centre, celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal.

Twice two goals behind, the Tigers roared back to lead 5-4 late on and were only denied victory by Joe Bryan’s equaliser deep into six minutes of stoppage-time.

Adkins said: “We wanted to be in control of our own destiny and it is great to achieve safety on the back of a positive result.

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“Again the players have shown great character and a real sense of togetherness to twice come back from two goals down. Some of our attacking play was outstanding.

“Overall we have come out of a brilliant game to watch having not been beaten by a team desperate to get into the play-offs.”

Harry Wilson fired Hull ahead from just inside the area, but by half-time they trailed to goals from Marlon Pack and Famara Diedhiou, whose header on 53 minutes put the hosts 3-1 up. Goalkeeper Frank Fielding conceded a 56th-minute own goal when a header from substitute Fikayo Tomori hit a post and went in off him.

Bobby Reid made it 4-2, but Wilson beat Fielding at his near post with a 30-yard free-kick and substitute Abel Hernandez fired home from close range to level.

Fraizer Campbell converted a low cross on 84 minutes, but Bryan had the last word.

Bristol City: Fielding, Pisano, Flint, Baker, Bryan, Paterson, Smith (Taylor 84), Pack, O’Dowda (Brownhill 66), Diedhiou, Reid, Brownhill (Djuric 90). Unused substitutes: Wright, Steele, Eliasson, Kelly.

Hull City: McGregor, Aina (Tomori 44), Dawson, MacDonald, Kingsley, Larsson, Henriksen, Bowen (Grosicki 63), Irvine (Hernandez 63), Wilson, Campbell. Unused substitutes: Hector, Meyler, Toral, Marshall.

Referee: O Langford (W Midlands).