Hull fans react furiously as 10-man Tigers lose ground in the promotion race with defeat at Derby

Steve Bruce's side slipped to seven points off an automatic promotion spot with the loss at Pride Park.

Hull City's poor recent form continued on Tuesday night with a 4-0 defeat to Derby County at Pride Park which left the Tigers seven points off an automatic promotion spot.

Steve Bruce's side appeared to have halted their slide by ending a five-match winless streak in the Championship with a convincing 4-0 win over Bristol City on Saturday.

However, a hugely disappointing display in the East Midlands has left the Yorkshire side with just one win from their last seven games and in danger of seeing their automatic promotion hopes die out.

Bradley Johnson's double in the first half set the tone of the evening and left the visitors with a mountain to climb, and things went from bad to worse when Moses Odubajo was sent off 10 minutes into the second half for bringing down Tom Ince.

Chris Martin netted a third six minutes from time and Craig Bryson added gloss to the scoreline to condemn Hull to their heaviest defeat of the season and leave them shattered at the final whistle.

Hull had a couple of bright spells during the game but their defending was simply not good enough for a promotion-chasing side and Bruce's side were, on occasion, architects of their own downfall.

Unsurprisingly, the final whistle was greeted largely with contempt from Tigers fans on Twitter as supporters become increasingly frustrated as their promotion charge falters.

For many, the humiliating defeat appears to be the final straw, with a significant number of fans beginning to believe that Bruce's time at the KC Stadium may be up.

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