Hull City secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a 2-0 victory against 10-man Birmingham City.
Goals in each half from George Honeyman and Mallik Wilks secured the Tigers all three points at the MKM Stadium, with Gary Gardner being sent off for an off-the-ball incident.
Grant McCann made two changes to his starting XI that defeated Barnsley 2-0 last time out. Sean McLoughlin and Ryan Longman replaced Lewie Coyle and Callum Elder respectively, while academy graduate Jevon Mills was named on the bench.
Wilks had the first opportunity of the game as his header was held by Matija Sarkic, while Nathan Baxter denied Gardner in the other goal. Keane Lewis-Potter then headed over from Longman’s cross before the Tigers opened the scoring on 17 minutes. Longman drove down the left wing before squaring the ball back to Honeyman to poke home from close range.
Di’Shon Bernard searched for a second with a long-range drive but his effort was well watched by Sarkic. At the other end, Baxter produced a fantastic one-on-one save to deny Scott Hogan.
The Blues were reduced to 10 men just before half-time as Gardner leaned in with his head towards Magennis, with referee Tony Harrington showing the Birmingham midfielder the red card. Longman almost doubled the Tigers’ lead before the break but his right-footed effort curled wide.
Wilks doubled the Tigers’ lead 12 minutes into the second half. Lewis-Potter evaded his marker with great skill to get into the Birmingham penalty area, before lofting a looping cross towards the back post for Wilks to head in. Lewis-Potter searched for a third but his powerful effort was pushed away by Sarkic, while Baxter denied both Riley McGree and Jérémie Bela moments later.
The Tigers continued to push for more goals as Wilks saw his near-post effort beaten away by Sarkic, while Randell Williams saw his shot blocked by McGree after a quick counter-attack. The Tigers’ forward continued to look dangerous after coming off the bench, but Williams could only curl his left-footed effort narrowly wide past the post, before Wilks missed out on a chance to secure his brace as he headed wide from Lewis-Potter’s cross in injury time.
Hull City: Nathan Baxter; Di’Shon Bernard, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Keane Lewis-Potter, Greg Docherty, Richie Smallwood ©, George Honeyman (Andy Cannon 79’), Ryan Longman (Randell Williams 72’); Mallik Wilks, Josh Magennis (Tyler Smith 72’).
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, George Moncur, Matt Smith, Jevon Mills.
Birmingham City: Matija Sarkic; Dion Sanderson, Marc Roberts, Harlee Dean © (Jordan James 46’); Riley McGree, Ivan Šunjić, Ryan Woods, Gary Gardner, Jérémie Bela; Scott Hogan (Chuks Aneke 77’), Troy Deeney (Lukas Jutkiewicz 61’).
Subs Not Used: Neil Etheridge, Juan Castillo, Mitchell Roberts, Marcel Oakley.