Hull boss Nigel Adkins described as “exceptional” Marc Pugh’s display in their 2-0 victory over fellow Championship play-off hopefuls Birmingham on Saturday.
Pugh, fresh from his goalscoring exploits in the Tigers’ 2-1 triumph over Millwall in midweek (pictured above), played a starring role for Adkins’ men at the KCOM Stadium.
While Jarrod Bowen netted both Hull goals, Pugh, who was up against his Cherries teammate Connor Mahoney, was voted supporters’ player of the match.
“Marc Pugh was exceptional,” said Adkins. “You can see how hard he works. He can play across all those three positions and he was an excellent signing for us. He’s had to bide his time because of the competition for places.”
Pugh supplied the assist for Bowen to open the scoring, while Mahoney, who had been on target in the Blues’ 2-1 win at Bristol City on Tuesday, fired an effort narrowly wide before coming off after 78 minutes.
Tyrone Mings tasted victory for the first time in an Aston Villa shirt as they got their play-off push back on track with a 4-0 win over Championship rivals Derby at Villa Park.
Mings made his sixth appearance for the Villans as Conor Hourihane’s double and goals from Tammy Abraham and Jack Grealish saw them close the gap on sixth place to six points.
Harry Arter was an unused substitute in Cardiff’s 2-0 defeat by Wolves at Molineux where goals from Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez saw the hosts end a three-match winless run in the Premier League.
Aaron Ramsdale kept a second clean sheet in four League One games as bottom-placed AFC Wimbledon claimed a share of the spoils from a 0-0 draw at Shrewsbury.
Alex Dobre played his part in Yeovil’s 3-2 victory over fellow League Two strugglers Morecambe as the Glovers moved six points clear of the drop zone.
Dobre, making his 10th appearance for the Somerset club, was involved in the build-up for the first of two goals scored by Tristan Abrahams.
Brad Smith started as Seattle Sounders opened their Major League Soccer campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati at their CenturyLink Field headquarters.
Sounders fell behind early on before Kelvin Leerdam levelled and Jordan Morris, back after a long absence due to an ACL injury, netted a double. Raul Ruidiaz completed the scoring.
Charlie Seaman made his seventh start for Dundee United as they suffered Scottish Cup quarter-final heartbreak at the hands of Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
United had seemed on course for a replay after Nicky Clark’s penalty had cancelled out Joe Chalmers’s opener, only for Aaron Doran to net a dramatic stoppage-time header to send the Highlanders through.
Jermain Defoe looked on from the bench as Rangers battled out a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.
Sam Cosgrove’s penalty put the Dons ahead at Pittodrie before Joe Worrall’s second-half equaliser set up a replay at Ibrox a week tomorrow.
Keelan O’Connell came on for Reghan Tumilty six minutes from the end of Greenock Morton’s 1-1 draw with Falkirk in the Scottish Championship, while Jordan Holmes was an unused substitute in St Mirren’s 1-0 win over Livingston with a late goal from Ryan Flynn giving the Saints their first Scottish Premiership victory of 2019.
Tyler Cordner made his 25th appearance for Havant & Waterlooville in their 2-1 defeat by National League high-fliers Leyton Orient at Westleigh Park.
Defender Corey Jordan made a welcome return from injury to start Eastbourne Borough’s 0-0 draw at Hampton & Richmond in National League South.
Frank Vincent was an unused substitute as National League South leaders Torquay United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of bottom-placed Weston-super-Mare at Plainmoor.
In Southern Premier League South, Sam Sherring played 90 minutes in Weymouth’s 2-0 win at Frome as the Terras made the most of leaders Taunton’s defeat at Harrow Borough. The victory left second-placed Weymouth just a point behind the Peacocks and with a game in hand.
Jake Scrimshaw won a penalty, which was converted by James Constable, in Poole Town’s 2-1 win over Beaconsfield at the Black Gold Stadium.
Scrimshaw was later replaced by Sam House before James Boote came on for Constable in the 79th minute.
Also in Southern Premier League South, Scotland under-19 international Brennan Camp played his part in Dorchester Town’s 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Gosport Borough.