An early goal by Matt Godden condemned Hull City to a 1-0 defeat against Coventry City at the MKM Stadium.
Grant McCann made four changes to his starting XI that faced Luton Town last time out. Josh Emmanuel, Andy Cannon, George Moncur and Tom Eaves all came into the starting team, while there were recalls on the bench for on-loan duo Ryan Longman and Matt Smith.
Coventry City opened the scoring on nine minutes as Godden headed in from close range from Ian Maatsen’s cross. The forward almost doubled his tally four minutes later, but Matt Ingram denied Godden one-on-one with an acrobatic save.
Di’Shon Bernard searched for an equaliser for the Tigers, but his headed attempt was held comfortably by Simon Moore. At the other end, Fankaty Dabo cut inside from the right wing before seeing his curling shot blocked by Jacob Greaves.
Viktor Gyökeres had the next opportunity of the fixture, but Ingram produced a smart save to deny the Coventry forward. Moore did well in the other goal to save from Eaves, with the forward later being flagged for offside, before Moncur saw his attempt deflect into the arms of Moore. Moncur and Keane Lewis-Potter both took aim before half-time, but both of their efforts went wide of the target.
In the second half, Gustavo Hamer saw his drilled effort deflect wide, before Kyle McFadzean headed over from the resulting corner. Hamer then fired over from a free-kick attempt, while Emmanuel failed to control Callum Elder’s low cross as the Tigers continued to search for a leveller. Good passing play for the visitors then created space for Gyökeres to shoot, but he fired narrowly wide from close range.
McCann made a double substitution just after the hour mark, with one of the substitutes coming close to an equaliser as Mallik Wilks headed narrowly wide past the left-hand post. Lewis-Potter then saw his effort blocked by McFadzean, before Cannon drilled his effort straight at Moore. The Coventry goalkeeper then produced a great save late on as he pushed Wilks' header over the bar, before Elder’s curling free-kick went wide in stoppage time.
Hull City: Matt Ingram; Josh Emmanuel, Di’Shon Bernard, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Richie Smallwood © (Sean McLoughlin 46’), Greg Docherty, Andy Cannon; George Moncur (Mallik Wilks 63’), Tom Eaves (Josh Magennis 63’), Keane Lewis-Potter.
Subs Not Used: Harvey Cartwright, Lewie Coyle, Ryan Longman, Matt Smith.
Coventry City: Simon Moore; Dominic Hyam, Kyle McFadzean ©, Jake Clarke-Salter; Fankaty Dabo, Gustavo Hamer (Liam Kelly 83’), Ben Sheaf, Ian Maatsen; Callum O’Hare, Viktor Gyökeres (Tyler Walker 76’), Matt Godden (Jamie Allen 68’).
Subs Not Used: Ben Wilson, Michael Rose, Martyn Waghorn, Todd Kane.