Hull City slipped to a disappointing home defeat as they were beaten 1-0 by Shrewsbury Town at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers were frustrated by a well-organised Shrewsbury side, who took the three points courtesy of a first half goal from Charlie Daniels.
Grant McCann made just the one change to the side that started against Oxford United in the Tigers’ previous league outing as Reece Burke came into the back four in place of Alfie Jones. Tom Eaves was able to take a place on the bench despite feeling unwell in midweek, whilst Harvey Cartwright provided the goalkeeping cover. Former Hull City loanee Marc Pugh was on the Shrewsbury bench.
On a rainy afternoon the home side saw early appeals for a penalty waved away after claims that a Mallik Wilks cross had struck and arm inside the box, while Josh Emmanuel curled a low shot wide with his left foot.
Shrewsbury were given an opportunity to test Matt Ingram from the edge of the box following Greg Docherty’s foul on Sean Goss, with Goss firing the free kick straight into the goalkeeper’s hands.
Ingram then turned a deflected Oliver Norburn shot wide and, with Shrewsbury enjoying the better of things, they took a 27th-minute lead as Daniels broke through to finish past Ingram.
It became a scrappy affair after that, although Jacob Greaves did go close to finding an equaliser when he got his head on the end of George Honeyman’s free kick. The effort went wide, though, leaving the home side with it all to do in the second half.
Docherty fired an effort just over the bar at the end of a neat corner routine after the break before a double change saw Eaves and Keane Lewis-Potter replace Hakeeb Adelakun and Richie Smallwood.
The home side continued to be frustrated by a stubborn opponent, with a third change seeing Lewie Coyle replace Emmanuel with 11 minutes remaining.
Coyle created the best chance of the afternoon two minutes from time as his cross picked out Honeyman eight yards out, but he lifted his effort over the bar as a disappointing afternoon came to an end.
Hull City: Matt Ingram; Josh Emmanuel (Lewie Coyle 79), Reece Burke, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Richie Smallwood (Keane Lewis-Potter 62), Greg Docherty, George Honeyman; Hakeeb Adelakun (Tom Eaves 62), Josh Magennis, Mallik Wilks.
Subs Not Used: Harvey Cartwright, Daniel Batty, Sean McLoughlin, Regan Slater.
Shrewsbury Town: Matija Sarkic, Matthew Millar, Ro-Shaun Williams, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Aaron Pierre, Charlie Daniels, Josh Vela, Oliver Norburn, Sean Goss (David Edwards 81), Shaun Whalley (Marc Pugh 70), Daniel Udoh (Shilow Tracey 90).
Subs Not Used: Harry Burgoyne, Scott Golbourne, Joshua Daniels, Jason Cummings.
Referee: Mr A. Haines.