Charles stroked home his eighth of the season early in the second half and Butcher rifled home from the edge of the area on 68 minutes. It ended Hull's five-game unbeaten league run – and also ended the Tigers record of having scored in the last 16 games on their travels as the Reds' defence kept out the division's top scorers. Ben Barclay and Tariq Uwakwe were the only changes for the suspended Cameron Burgess and injured Ross Sykes from the side beaten by Hull seven days ago. It was Chelsea loan winger Uwakwe who had the first real chance on 10 minutes, his effort from an angle tipped around the post by George Long.
League One leaders Hull stormed to a 4-0 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park helped by two Jack Whatmough own goals. The hapless Whatmough deflected a 23rd-minute opener for the visitors from Keane Lewis-Potter's header and scrambled a second into his own net just past the hour mark after George Honeyman had doubled the Tigers' lead. Hull completed their resounding win in injury time when substitute Josh Magennis fired home from outside the box.
But after seeing Tommy Allan return to Newcastle after his loan spell, the hunt is on to boost the squad in the January transfer window. Coleman has until 11pm on February 1 to finalise deals. "I'm still negotiating with players and hopefully I'll get two or three in the door before we play Hull again next Tuesday," said Coleman, who is keen to bounce back from defeat in their first trip to the KCOM Stadium in midweek. And Coleman feels it will be a test of his players' character.
|Promotion (League Winners): Lincoln City|
|Promotion (League Position): Hull City|
|Promotion (Play Off): Peterborough United, Doncaster Rovers, Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic|
|Relegation (League Position): AFC Wimbledon, Swindon Town, Wigan Athletic, Burton Albion|