Norwich head coach Daniel Farke was happy to take a point from a 0-0 draw at Hull which kept his side top of the Sky Bet Championship table.
The Canaries were kept at bay by a struggling Hull side who made a mockery of their lowly position in the table to battle hard for a draw in front of a sparse crowd of 11,420 at a wet and windswept KCOM Stadium.
Norwich went closest to scoring in the first half when Tom Trybull saw his shot saved by David Marshall but the same player was guilty of a bad miss after the break when his header failed to find the target.
Jarrod Bowen had Hull’s best chances to break the deadlock, heading wide at the far post in the first half before shooting into the side netting after the break.
A philosophical Farke said: “It is what you get sometimes in the Championship. Sometimes the conditions are tough. Then you have to struggle and to fight, to fight against the conditions.
“You would say we have done enough to win this game, we were the better side and had more possession. Tom Trybull had a good chance to score with the header.
“Sometimes when you don’t win a game you have to make sure you don’t lose it.
“We are not arrogant to say we will win every game in this division. It’s not too bad. We take the point and we can live with it.”
Both teams had chances in the first period but the game did not really open up until half-time approached.
Bowen headed narrowly wide as he dived at the far post to meet a Kamil Grosicki cross which had evaded the Norwich defence with under 15 minutes of the half remaining.
Trybull forced David Marshall to pull off a fine save to send the ball just wide of the far post as the visitors showed some intricate passing to work their way into the area eight minutes before the break.
In the second half the home side nearly made the most of Jackson Irvine’s counter-attack and cross to the far post from which Bowen fired off target.
Trybull should have opened the scoring after 69 minutes but he headed wide when Max Aarons’ cross from the right picked him out.
Hull head coach Nigel Adkins praised his players after they kept free-scoring Norwich at bay.
He said: “Credit to the players and staff at the football club. They have worked very hard.
“We played the league leaders who are on a good run. We kept a clean sheet.”
Adkins also praised the hardy fans who turned out on a cold and wet night.
He added: “Credit to the supporters who came out in the driving rain. The players have given them something to get behind.
“For me it’s a good point, we will take the point and the clean sheet against the league leaders.
“We’ve played well, we had a good structure about ourselves. The players have acquitted themselves well.”
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