Aussies Abroad: Irvine’s Hull City continue their playoff push

Jackson Irvine’s Hull City have kept their playoff hopes alive in the English Championship, scoring in the final minute to beat Wigan on Thursday morning (AEST).

Trailing 1-0 at the break against the Championship strugglers, Irvine was part of a second-half revival to keep the Tigers’ in the hunt for a top-six finish.

Hull were level six minutes after the break when Fraizer Campbell was alert in the box to finish off after the Wigan 'keeper spilled Kamil Grosicki’s shot.

With the Caltex Socceroos midfielder driving his side forward, the Tigers took control of the match from that point and got their reward in the 89th minute.

Grosicki’s corner picked out defender Jordy de Wijs who planted a powerful header in from close range.

The result has seen Hull jump up to ninth spot and they are now just five points adrift of Bristol City in the final playoff place.

Irvine’s side are next in action this weekend with a trip to the Riverside to face seventh-placed Middlesbrough.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Massimo Luongo’s QPR moved another point clear of the relegation zone after a hard-fought 0-0 draw in a London derby with Millwall at The Den.

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Luongo played the full game for the visitors, who are now six points clear of the bottom three despite going eight games without a win.

QPR are at home to Swansea City this weekend.

Massimo Luongo
Caltex Socceroo Massimo Luongo in action for QPR