The Tigers forged ahead in a scrappy start to the first half as Shane Long raced onto Nikica Jelavic’s flick to open the scoring on 12 minutes.
We forced our way back into the game and started to get on top in the second half.
Paulinho marked his return by smashing home the equaliser on 61 minutes but despite creating good openings and a couple of half-chances at both ends, it stayed at 1-1.
“We’re disappointed in the dressing room because we thought we’d come here and win the game,” said Head Coach Tim, who was also pleased to see Jan Vertonghen back from injury, and Younes Kaboul on the bench.
“I said before the game that every team will have their needs and we can’t allow anyone else’s to be bigger than ours. We wanted maximum points and that’s what we tried to get.
“The first half was disappointing but I felt we could get back into the game.
“We did that in the latter part of the first half and in the second half, we got the ball in and around the box to Adebayor and Soldado. It fell for us once and I hoped it would fall for us a few more times, but it wasn’t to be.
“You have to give credit to Hull as well. They are fighting for their lives. They have spirit, can cause problems and they’ve beaten some good teams here.
“I didn’t think we were ever going to lose this game, and it could be an important point at the end of the season.”