Sheffield Wednesday force leaders Hull to settle for stalemate
Hull moved two points clear at the top of the Championship after being held to a 0-0 draw by fellow promotion contenders Sheffield Wednesday at the KC Stadium.
The Tigers, held goalless last time at home by another top six side in Brighton, went closest when Sam Clucas struck his shot against the post in the second half.
Wednesday had almost taken the lead in the first period when a long-range shot from Fernando Forestieri came back off the bar.
The Wednesday forward was sent off in stoppage time when he was shown a second yellow card for simulation.
Hull began with plenty of attacking intent but had a shaky moment when a cross from the right was miskicked towards his own goal by Michael Dawson, however Allan McGregor was able to gather with ease.
The first effort on target came from Hull's Curtis Davies after 15 minutes but it was at the wrong end.
The central defender got a foot to a Barry Bannan shot which was going wide and steered it towards his own goal but McGregor was in the right place to block with his leg.
Robert Snodgrass went close shortly after when he controlled a deep cross to the far post but his shot from a tight angle was saved by Keiren Westwood.
McGregor tipped over a free-kick from Forestieri from over 30 yards out which had been awarded when the forward was fouled by Dawson with half an hour gone.
Forestieri went even closer 10 minutes before half-time when his dipping shot beat McGregor but came back off the bar.
Forestieri also tested McGregor early in the second half with a shot from distance which was straight at the Hull goalkeeper.
Mo Diame also went close when he made space before seeing his shot deflected wide for a corner, in a bright opening to the second period.
Clucas chipped narrowly wide after he had been put through by a clever ball from Andy Robertson as Hull continued to probe for the opening goal.
Abel Hernandez then forced Westwood to reach high to palm out his shot from the edge of the area.
With Hull looking to make their dominance pay, Robertson swung over a ball from the left but it was too far ahead of Diame.
Clucas was denied by the post after 65 minutes when he shot from the edge of the area after exchanging passes with Jake Livermore.
The visitors cleared the loose ball for a corner but Davies headed just wide as the home side saw another opportunity go begging.
Hull forced another corner but when it was cleared to the edge of the Wednesday area Livermore sliced his shot and the ball sailed over.
Snodgrass turned and shot from the edge of the area from a pinpoint pass by substitute by Nick Powell but the winger's effort was straight at Westwood.
The Wednesday goalkeeper was brave when he got up to tip the ball away under pressure from substitute Chuba Akpom and then got to the loose ball before Hernandez with 10 minutes remaining.
Forestieri was sent off in stoppage time when referee Tim Robinson showed him a second yellow card for simulation when he went down after a Dawson challenge just five minutes after being booked for a foul.