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they stick to­gether, show their re­silience and have a real go.

“But when they do play well, we’re as good as any side in the di­vi­sion.”

Hull fully de­served their in­ter­val lead, given to them just be­fore the half-hour mark by Brady.

The Tigers were rightly awarded a penalty af­ter a clumsy chal­lenge by Guirane N’Daw on David Meyler.

Brady coolly slot­ted home from the spot, drilling a low ef­fort past Scott Loach.

It was no more than the vis­i­tors de­served, hav­ing gone close through Jack Hobbs and Town’s Richard Stear­man nearly put through his own net – only to be rescued by Loach.

Ipswich made a much stronger start to the sec­ond half and equalised when Luke Cham­bers’ deep cross was headed home by sub­sti­tute Wordsworth.

But the Tigers snatched their win­ner when Brady’s cor­ner was not prop­erly cleared by Wordsworth.

Brady had an­other op­por­tu­nity to cross and sub­sti­tute Koren nod­ded home from close range.

Town boss Mick McCarthy said: “We en­dured a tough first half and I had to change things round to try and stop them play­ing.

“It was work­ing un­til the penalty and af­ter they scored it gave them a bit of free­dom and con­fi­dence.

“They were far bet­ter than us in the first half but in the sec­ond I thought we were dom­i­nant.

“We de­served our equaliser and had the bet­ter chances to win it, but it’s no good be­ing the dom­i­nant team and then get­ting beat.

“We didn’t de­fend the cor­ner par­tic­u­larly well. It was a mis­take for the penalty and a mis­take from the cor­ner.

“But we should have re­paired it. There’s no point com­pound­ing a mis­take with an­other mis­take.”

Of his side’s fight to avoid the drop, McCarthy added: “From day one I thought it would go down to the wire.

“It’s a strange, strange league. I still think 56 points will do, but I don’t get ev­ery­thing right!

“My at­ti­tude has al­ways been to keep calm, carry on and take it one game at a time.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

PRE­MIER LEAGUE BOUND? Robert Koren, cen­tre, scores Hull City’s sec­ond goal

HEADS UP: An­thony Wordsworth scores

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