Blackburn Rovers are in second place in the Championship thanks to their dominance of Hull City.
Sammy Smodic’s stunning finish in the first half was enough for Rovers to comfortably hold off a desperate Tigers side.
Top goalscorer Ben Breton Diaz and Sam Gallagher were denied further goals after the break by Nathan Buster.
Hull never threatened to repeat last season’s win over Rovers in January – after owner Akun Ilikali took over – as Jacob Graves and Dimitrios Pelkas hit free headers after failing to have an effort on target in the afternoon.
Rovers’ 11th win of the season moves them into second place, three points clear of Queens Park Rangers and two points behind leaders Burnley.
In-form Rovers started brightly with Szmodics – back in the side after last Saturday’s win over Birmingham – showing their confidence in possession and completing a sweet move to put the visitors ahead.
Szmodics, who received a perfectly weighted ball from Adam Wharton beyond the Hull defence, slotted home his fourth goal of the season with his right foot.
The Tigers beat Blackburn for their first successive win and league win for the first time since 1970, but Thomas Kaminski threatened at times in the first half as Ryan Longman’s early cross was headed home by Greaves. .
Baxter were lucky not to go behind before half-time after some poor defending, pushing home a 12-yard shot from Breton Diaz.
Interim boss Andy Dawson made two changes at half-time and seemed to get the better of Hull; Graves only wasted good chances with headers from corners and diving Pelkas.
Baxter had to be at their best to stop Rovers extending their lead – after Breton Diaz’s effort from 12 yards was met by the Chile striker before he denied Gallagher one-on-one.
Hull had more goals as the game wore on, but they were in no mood to let Rovers slip away to their first defeat in three games.
Hull interim boss Andy Dawson told BBC Radio Humberside:
“I was disappointed in the first half – we showed them too much respect, we definitely weren’t aggressive enough.
“I think one thing we’ve done very impressively recently is protect the ball and I think we’ve turned it over very cheaply. That’s the last thing you want to do against a possession-based team.
“We had a really good run in the second half and created a couple of great chances but they were small chances – we came up against a really good team today.”
Blackburn Rovers head coach John Dahl Thomason told BBC Radio Lancashire:
“I think it’s well deserved – big credit to the players.
“In the first half we got tactical and controlled the game and scored a fantastic goal – before the break we should have scored more and killed the game.
“It was a great victory and a great performance.”
- 6FigueredoCaught on 78 minutes.Replaced.Coilas if 90′Minutes
- 5JonesReplaced.Flemingas if 45′Minutes
- 24SeriReplaced.Stormas if 45′Minutes
- 15WoodsCaught at 29 minutes.
- 8DochertyReplaced.Estupin.as if 67′Minutes
- 16LongmanReplaced.Cynicas if 80′Minutes
- 16WhartonCaught on 61 minutes.
- 3Pick up
- 36WhartonReplaced.Ayalaas if 62′Minutes
- 10DolanReplaced.Carteras if 62′Minutes
- 8SzmodicsReplaced.Dakas if 71′Minutes
- 9GallagherReplaced.Valeas if 71′Minutes
- David Webb
Game over, Hull City 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.
Second half ends Hull City 0 Blackburn 1
Attempt blocked. Ben Breton (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Ryan Woods (Hull City).
Bradley Duck (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitute, Hull City. Lewie Coyle replaces Tobias Figueredo.
Foul by Dougkan Scenics (Hall City).
Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
In the corner, Hull City’s Daniel Ayala commented.
Handball by Ben Breton (Blackburn Rovers).
He missed an attempt. Regan Slater (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dimitri Pelkas.
Substitute, Hull City. Dogukan replaces cynic Ryan Longman.
Foul by Dominic Haya (Blackburn Rovers).
Dimitris Pelkas (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Tobias Figueredo (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Tyler Morton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tobias Figueredo (Hull City).
Foul by Jack Vale (Blackburn Rovers).
Cyrus Christie (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dominic Hyam (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.