DERBY County's seven-match unbeaten run at Pride Park came to a shuddering halt against Hull City last night.
The Rams, who had only lost once at home in the Championship this season, suffered a first defeat on home soil since September 22.
And it followed a similar pattern to the 2-1 home defeat to Burnley three months ago.
Robert Koren gave Steve Bruce's men the lead before Michael Jacobs' first for the club levelled on the stroke of half-time.
Abdoulaye Faye then took advantage of some slapshod defending to net the winner five minutes into the second half.
It was then fairly comfortable for the visitors, with Paul Coutts going closest with a powerful effort that debutant Eldin Jakupovic did well to claw away.
There were also claims for a penalty after Coutts appeared to be tripped by Jack Hobbs.
But Nigel Clough's men did not create enough openings and the three points went the way of Hull.
Although a big disappointment to Derby, losing at home to the Tigers is no shame.
They look a certainty for the top six under Bruce and went joint top with Cardiff City after last night's win.
The Rams tried to contain their fluid hosts but came up short in what was a fairly even game.
They will now hope for easier pickings as they visit Burnley on Boxing Day and then Charlton Athletic on Saturday.See Saturday's Burton Mail for a full report.