BRUCE: WE ARE ALMOST THERE
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.”
PREMIER LEAGUE BOUND? Robert Koren, centre, scores Hull City’s second goal
HEADS UP: Anthony Wordsworth scores