Ryan Longman’s first goal for Hull City helped secure the Tigers a fourth successive win, defeating Millwall 2-1 at the MKM Stadium.
George Honeyman’s finish was cancelled out by Millwall’s Tom Bradshaw, before Longman’s second-half strike separated the two sides.
Grant McCann made just the one change to his starting XI that defeated Cardiff City 1-0 last time out. Di’Shon Bernard returned from his one-match suspension to replace Callum Elder, who dropped to the bench, while Honeyman made his 100th appearance in black and amber.
There were early chances for both teams as Mallik Wilks fired wide from Honeyman’s delivery, while Jed Wallace saw his free-kick attempt hit the wall. Bernard then headed wide for the Tigers, while Benik Afobe headed over from Wallace’s teasing cross.
The Millwall forward then forced a good save from Nathan Baxter, after he was played through by Billy Mitchell, before Josh Magennis cleared off the line from the resulting Lions’ corner.
The Tigers opened the scoring on 29 minutes as Jacob Greaves picked out the run of Honeyman, who’s bullet header beat the dive of Bartosz Białkowski. The Millwall shot stopper then flicked away Magennis’ low drive, before Richie Smallwood fired over from the resulting corner.
Millwall equalised in first-half stoppage-time as Bradshaw clinically finished a one-on-one effort, before Wilks almost restored the Tigers seconds before the half-time whistle, but he volleyed over from close range.
In the second half, Bradshaw tested Baxter with a headed attempt, before the Tigers retook the lead. Keane Lewis-Potter saw the first effort blocked by Daniel Ballard, before Magennis’ effort was then parried by Białkowski into Longman’s path, who fired home his effort into the bottom corner.
The Lions searched for an equaliser as Baxter pushed away efforts from Benik Afobe and Danny McNamara, before Greaves cleared off the line from the resulting corner. Sean McLoughlin then blocked Afobe’s low shot, as the Tigers defended resolutely to secure all three points.
Hull City: Nathan Baxter; Di’Shon Bernard, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Keane Lewis-Potter, Greg Docherty, Richie Smallwood ©, George Honeyman, Ryan Longman (Randell Williams 79’); Mallik Wilks (Callum Elder 62’), Josh Magennis (Tom Eaves 79’).
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, Andy Cannon, George Moncur, Tom Huddlestone.
Millwall: Bartosz Białkowski; Daniel Ballard, Shaun Hutchinson, Murray Wallace; Danny McNamara, Billy Mitchell, George Saville (George Evans 82’), Sheyi Ojo (Mason Bennett 72’); Jed Wallace, Benik Afobe, Tom Bradshaw (Matt Smith 67’).
Subs Not Used: George Long, Jake Cooper, Maikel Kieftenbeld, Scott Malone.