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Her­nan­dez shines as Hull ex­ploit in­jury-hit Rovers

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pounce again, with Tom Hud­dle­stone cap­i­tal­is­ing on an­other stray pass from the home side to re­lease Her­nan­dez with a lobbed ball into the right chan­nel. The striker then drove into the box be­fore squar­ing un­selfishly for Di­ame to roll the ball home.

The se­cond goal seem to knock the stuff­ing out of Rovers, and Hull could have ex­tended their ad­van­tage had sub­sti­tute Chuba Akpom been able to guide his fin­ish ei­ther side of Steele in the lat­ter stages, but they went on to see the game out with ease.

The win sees Hull move two points above Mid­dles­brough ahead of their trip to Leeds on Mon­day night, and Bruce paid trib­ute to his side’s re­solve as they look to se­cure an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the top flight.

“As I’ve said since Au­gust, the men­tal­ity has to be bang on, be­cause the Cham­pi­onship is a re­ally tough, tough place to ply your trade,” he added.

“You need a cer­tain re­silience, and we cer­tainly looked as if we’ve got it.”

Black­burn man­ager Paul Lambert, mean­while, was left to count the cost of his side’s late in­jury and ill­ness with­drawals, as Rovers saw their win­less run in the Cham­pi­onship ex­tend to ten games.

“Los­ing three lads who played ever so well for us last week at Mid­dles­brough was a blow to the spine of the side,” Lambert said.

“We had Hope pull out in the warm-up and it was too risky to play Grant or Danny, be­cause we’ve got 11 games in 30 odd days.

“The dis­ap­point­ing thing for me was we had the ball twice when Hull scored their two goals, and we’ve been hit on that.We’d se­cured pos­ses­sion, and we made the wrong de­ci­sions when we had the ball.”

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