Hakeeb Adelakun marked his home debut by scoring the winning goal as Hull City’s perfect start to the new Sky Bet League One season continued with a 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle at the KCOM Stadium.
Adelakun struck in the tenth minute as he volleyed in from a Keane Lewis-Potter cross to make it four wins from four for the Tigers, who also kept a fourth successive league clean sheet on another positive afternoon for Grant McCann’s men.
McCann made just one change to the eleven that started in the win against Northampton Town the previous week with Daniel Batty replacing Alfie Jones in midfield. Adelakun made his home debut while the Club’s most recent signing, Regan Slater, was on the bench.
McCann’s side made a bright start with Adelakun causing problems down the right and Josh Magennis almost creating a chance for George Honeyman in the opening five minutes.
The first chance did come the Tigers’ way in the tenth minute and they made it count. Lewis-Potter crossed from the left edge of the box and Adelakun was at the far post to volley the ball back across goalkeeper Michael Cooper and into the corner of the net.
Lewis-Potter and Adelakun combined again a few moments later but this time Adelakun’s goal-bound effort was blocked, and Lewis-Potter then brought a couple of saves out of Cooper with efforts from the edge of the box.
Greg Docherty also tested Cooper with a shot from 18 yards as the home side’s dominance continued through to half time, although Plymouth’s Conor Grant did fire a warning shot with an effort that flew just over the bar two minutes before the break.
Argyle’s Jerome Opoku was booked early in the second half for a challenge on Adelakun as the Tigers remained in control, although the visitors were coming into the game more and Matt Ingram was forced to make a smart save, and his defenders a number of blocks, as the clock ticked past the hour mark.
Lewis-Potter saw a far-post effort ruled out for offside after George Honeyman’s cross-shot deflected into the winger’s path before a first change saw Thomas Mayer replaced Adelakun.
Josh Emmanuel was kept out by Cooper after cutting in from the right, while a second change brought a first appearance for Slater as he replaced Batty.
Plymouth applied plenty of late pressure, although the best they could muster was a shot straight into the hands of Ingram in the final minute of added time as the Tigers saw the job through to claim a fourth successive league win.
Hull City: Matt Ingram; Josh Emmanuel, Reece Burke, Jordy de Wijs, Callum Elder; Daniel Batty (Regan Slater 75), Greg Docherty, George Honeyman ©; Hakeeb Adelakun (Thomas Mayer 73), Josh Magennis, Keane Lewis-Potter (Martin Samuelsen 88).
Subs Not Used: George Long, Lewie Coyle, Alfie Jones, Callum Jones.
Plymouth Argyle: Michael Cooper; Scott Wootton, Niall Canavan, Kelland Watts; Byron Moore, Conor Grant (Ben Reeves 75), Panutche Camara, Danny Mayor, Jerome Opoku (George Cooper 59); Frank Nouble, Ryan Hardie (Dom Telford 75).
Subs Not Used: Jack Ruddy, Will Aimson, Joe Edwards, Tyrese Fornah.
Referee: Mr R. Lewis.