Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Hull City: Ola Aina header wins FA Cup third-round clash
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 06/01/18 6:32pm
Ola Aina's first senior goal gave Championship strugglers Hull a 1-0 win at League One Blackburn in the FA Cup.
The on-loan Chelsea defender rose highest in the 58th minute to head home the goal which ended a five-match winless run and put Hull into Monday's draw for the fourth round.
Paul Caddis hit the crossbar for the hosts and Danny Graham missed a gilt-edged chance as Rovers exited at the third-round stage for the first time since 2014.
The first half was a dour affair but Caddis almost lit it up early on with a superb strike that cannoned off the crossbar.
The Tigers took the lead when Jon Toral's deep corner was met by Aina, whose header somehow evaded Jason Leutwiler in the Rovers' goal.
Jarrod Bowen almost scored a carbon-copy goal a minute later but hit the side-netting.
Graham should have equalised but missed the target with only goalkeeper David Marshall to beat, and Derrick Williams prodded over as Blackburn's 18-match unbeaten run was ended.
Nigel Adkins (Hull): "We've played against a good side in Blackburn, you see them at the top of the league. Both teams obviously made a few changes. I thought the first half, probably for 35 minutes, we played some exquisite football. We just missed that final bit of putting the ball in the back of the net, with some of the football we played."
Tony Mowbray (Blackburn): "Ultimately it's gone the other way but I've got no regrets on the selection of the team. Parts of the game I was disappointed in. The last half-hour was really good, first 10 minutes were really good. I think the worst result would have been a draw. Disappointed? Yes, but we move on now to the 21 cup finals we've got."