PLAYER REACTION: Ipswich Town 1 Hull City 2

Ipswich v Hull: Richard Stearman lamented the Blues’ carelessness as Mick McCarthy’s side slumped to a 2-1 defeat against promotion-chasing Hull City, at Portman Road.

Robert Koren’s winner seven minutes from time cancelled out Anthony Wordsworth’s equaliser, following Robbie Brady’s first-half penalty, which gave the Tigers the lead.

The visitors were the better team in the first period, with Ipswich the brighter in the second, and the Blues looked good value for a point until the Slovenian struck.

“That is a point lost, they were on top in the first half and we were on top in the second and, in the end, we are very disappointed to have thrown a goal away at the end,” said Stearman.

“We tried to match their formation in the first half, going three at the back and three in midfield and it didn’t quite work.

“We changed to 4-4-2 in the second half, we have been doing well playing like that, and we felt we had them on the ropes and maybe should have capitalised on it.”

Town dropped two places to 17th with defeat at Portman Road and are now four points clear of third-bottom Barnsley, who were hammered 6-0 at home by Charlton.

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Elsewhere, Stearman’s parent club, Wolves, lost 3-1 at home to fellow strugglers Huddersfield, while Peterborough United moved out of the bottom three with a 3-2 home victory over promotion rivals, Watford.

Blackburn also moved out of the bottom three with a 2-0 home win over Derby County, while bottom club Bristol City lost 2-1 at home to Bolton.

“We will learn from this and come back fighting,” Stearman added.

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