Goals in each half helped secure Hull City all three points against Barnsley with a 2-0 victory in the Sky Bet Championship. Finishes from George Honeyman and Keane Lewis-Potter gave the Tigers a well-deserved victory at Oakwell.
Grant McCann made two changes to the starting XI that faced West Bromwich Albion last time out. Di’Shon Bernard replaced the injured Alfie Jones in defence, while Nathan Baxter started his first league fixture for the Tigers, replacing Matt Ingram.
Richie Smallwood had the first opportunity of the game as he volleyed over Lewis-Potter’s cross, before Josh Magennis drilled a left-footed shot wide. Greg Docherty was next to take aim, but his half-volley was blocked, before Jacob Greaves headed wide from Lewie Coyle’s delivery.
Honeyman then forced a punched clearance from Brad Collins, after a short corner routine, before Devante Cole headed over Josh Benson’s free-kick delivery at the other end. Following a quick counter-attack from Mallik Wilks, Coyle curled a left-footed effort wide while Callum Elder forced a good save from Collins. In the other goal, Baxter pushed away Callum Brittain’s powerful drive, before holding onto the header by Michal Helik from the resulting corner.
The Tigers made their opening dominance count as they opened the scoring on the 33rd minute. Collins initially saved from Liam Kitching who nearly diverted Magennis’ low cross into his own net, and the rebound fell kindly to Honeyman who rifled his effort into the far corner. Wilks almost doubled the Tigers’ lead moments later, but his looping header went narrowly wide, while Aaron Leya Iseka fired a long-range effort over the bar for Barnsley.
McCann’s side looked to double their lead early on in the second half as Docherty forced a great save one-on-one from Collins, before Magennis fired over the rebound. Barnsley substitute Callum Styles then tested Baxter with a low effort, while Greaves produced a fantastic challenge to stop Leya Iseka.
Barnsley continued to push for an equaliser as Brittain struck his effort straight at Baxter, before the Tigers doubled their lead. A clinical counter attack saw Honeyman poke a pass towards Lewis-Potter, who confidently dispatched his effort past the dive of Collins.
Ryan Longman almost scored a third minutes later, but his shot cannoned off the post before Collins grabbed hold of the loose ball. Baxter had to be alert late-on to preserve his clean sheet as he held Romal Palmer’s attempt, before Smallwood forced a great save from Collins in stoppage-time.
Barnsley: Brad Collins; Jasper Moon, Michal Helik, Liam Kitching; Callum Brittain, Josh Benson (Romal Palmer 72’), Claudio Gomes, Jordan Williams (Callum Styles 57’); Aaron Leya Iseka, Devante Cole (Victor Adeboyejo 46’); Cauley Woodrow ©.
Subs Not Used: Jack Walton, Mads Andersen, Remy Vita, Dominik Frieser.
Hull City: Nathan Baxter; Lewie Coyle (Josh Emmanuel 37'), Di’Shon Bernard, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Richie Smallwood ©, Greg Docherty, George Honeyman; Mallik Wilks (Ryan Longman 68’), Josh Magennis (Tyler Smith 68’), Keane Lewis-Potter.
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, Andy Cannon, Sean McLoughlin, Matt Smith.
Attendance: 13,003 (1,553 Away Fans)