Hull City’s fine form in the Championship took a denting from Derby County after completely surrounding 2-0 at Pride Park.
A Martin Waghorn double gave Derby all three points; Nigel Adkins’ side were second best from the get-go.
Proceedings could have been entirely different had Kamil Grosicki converted eight minutes into the tie, instead scuffing his shot wide.
After a disappointing afternoon in the Midlands, here is how the Tigers rated as they dropped to 12th in the division.
David Marshall: Reacted well where his defenders failed to in blocking Waghorn’s first effort yet could nothing about the second. 7
Todd Kane: Arguably the visitors most reliable man in defence as the former Chelsea man camped in his own half. 6
Derby County 2 – 0 Hull City – Tigers tamed
Robbie McKenzie: Ironically, between him and Lichaj they kept Waghorn relatively under wraps, aside from the two they conceded. 6
Eric Lichaj: One lapse of concentration in holding a high line to allow Waghorn the freedom of the box for the opening goal. 5
Stephen Kingsley: Kept Derby’s leading marksmen Harry Wilson hidden throughout the tie yet was substituted with 15 minutes to play. 5
Jarrod Bowen: As the Tigers top predator he was too peripheral, Bowen back defending instead of influencing further upfield. 5
Markus Henriksen: A non-entity to be truthful as the Norwegian was over-run by Derby’s determined press. Not helped by a static Stewart alongside him. 5
Kevin Stewart: Hardly moved from shielding his back four, with a scrappy and untidy display before being taken off. 5
Kamil Grosicki: Passed on the chance to put Hull in front within ten minutes by completely skewing his shot wide from six yards. 4
Jackson Irvine: Did not get close enough to Campbell to as the strikers supply line. Sent a shot well into Row Z to summarise his afternoon. 5
Fraizer Campbell: Gifted Grosicki before that miserable miss and largely fed of scraps, a flashed a snapshot across the face of goal was the closest Campbell came. 5
Evandro: Chased shadows like the majority of his team mates. 4
Marc Pugh: Has quality with the ball at his feet, shame he never got the opportunity to show this. 5
Liam Ridgewell: Like a rabbit in the headlights, Ridgewell looked shaken from the second he came on the pitch. Rushed everything he did and even got into the referees note-book. 3
By Nathaniel Kay from Pride Park