Hull City 0-2 Aston Villa
Hull were thrust deeper into the relegation mire after goals from Gabby Agbonlahor and James Milner secured a 2-0 win for Aston Villa.
The visitors showed greater energy and desire in the opening stages, with Hull keeper Matt Duke forced into early action by James Milner and Stiliyan Petrov before the Tigers could even muster an attack. Indeed, it took Villa just 13 minutes to open the scoring as John Carew flicked on for Gabby Agbonlahor to race away from the defenders and slide the ball beyond Duke.
However, Hull's response belied their poor form and league position as they pinned Villa back and should have been level on no fewer than three occasions as first Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and then Kevin Kilbane were denied before superb double save from Brad Friedel stopped Tom Cairney and Kilbane's rebound.
Hull interim boss Dowie would have been worried as his side continued to let chances slip through their grasp at the start of the second period and they were made to pay as Villa upped the tempo after an hour. Their increased pressure was rewarded fifteen minutes from time when James Milner's marauding run was stopped illegally in the box by George Boateng and the referee pointed to the spot. Milner dusted himself down to slot the penalty beyond the dive of Duke to double the Villains lead and settle any lingering doubts.
The result sees Villa climb above Liverpool and keep their hopes of a Champions League place alive, but it is another blow to Hull's survival hopes who stay three points adrift of safety.