Hull City booked their place in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-0 first round victory over Fleetwood Town at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.
Josh Magennis gave the Tigers a first half lead before Reece Burke scored his first goal in black and amber shortly after the hour mark as the home side recorded a comfortable win.
Grant McCann made changes to his side, although it was far from the wholesale reshuffle that has been seen for cup competitions in recent seasons. George Long, Jacob Greaves, Alfie Jones, James Scott and Magennis were the five players to come into the team, with Matt Ingram, Jordy de Wijs, Keane Lewis-Potter and Tom Eaves moving down to the bench and Greg Docherty missing out.
After pausing to honour those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts past and present, the game was barely two minutes old when play was stopped for a serious looking injury to Fleetwood striker Ched Evans which led to him being stretchered from the field after a near ten-minute delay. He was replaced by Wes Burns.
When play resumed, Scott directed a Magennis cross into the hands of goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler, while Magennis himself saw a shot blocked on the edge of the box.
It was Magennis that opened the scoring in the 31st minute. Josh Emmanuel produced a lovely cross from the right that was flicked on by Mallik Wilks and the Northern Ireland international did the rest with a right-footed finish.
Emmanuel threatened to add a second himself when he broke into the Fleetwood box to collect a Wilks pass but a final shot was blocked behind for a corner. From the set-piece, Greaves headed Callum Elder’s delivery over the bar.
Wilks saw an effort deflected wide as the fourth official signalled nine minutes of added time, and right on the stroke of half time there was a second serious-looking injury for a Fleetwood player as Harvey Saunders was left needing treatment on the pitch for most of the interval before being stretchered away.
Scott fizzed a dangerous low ball across the face of the Fleetwood goal early in the second half, while Fleetwood’s Callum Connolly picked up a booking after reacting angrily to a George Honeyman challenge.
Lewis-Potter replaced Scott with an hour played, just after Greaves had seen a goal-bound header cleared at the last second.
The Tigers went on to double their lead in the 62nd minute as a spell of pressure brought its rewards. This time, the goal came from a corner as Elder’s delivery was met by Burke who headed in his first competitive goal for the Club.
A second change for the home side saw Regan Slater come on for Honeyman with 15 minutes remaining just as Burke headed just wide from another set-piece.
Harrison Holgate went into the book late on as the Tigers held on comfortably to book their place in round two.
Hull City: George Long; Josh Emmanuel, Reece Burke, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Richie Smallwood ©, Alfie Jones; Mallik Wilks (Thomas Mayer 80), George Honeyman (Regan Slater 75), James Scott (Keane Lewis-Potter 61); Josh Magennis.
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, Jordy de Wijs, Daniel Batty, Tom Eaves.
Fleetwood Town: Jayson Leutwiler, Tom Edwards (Sam Finley 64), Danny Andrew, Callum Connolly, Glenn Whelan, Ched Evans (Wes Burns 12), Callum Camps, Paul Coutts, Paddy Madden, Harvey Saunders (Josh Morris 46), Harrison Holgate.
Subs Not Used: Alex Cairns, Mark Duffy, Barrie McKay, Morgan Boyes.
Referee: Mr M. Edwards.