Goals in each half by Jack Taylor and Siriki Dembélé condemned Hull City to a 2-1 defeat against Peterborough United at the MKM Stadium. Despite Josh Magennis netting for the Tigers, the Posh secured all three points in the Sky Bet Championship.
Grant McCann made three changes to his starting XI that faced Huddersfield Town last time out. Tom Huddlestone, Greg Docherty and Magennis replaced Richie Smallwood, Andy Cannon and Tyler Smith, while Lewie Coyle took the captain’s armband.
Peterborough had the first chance of the game as they broke on the counter attack, but Jack Taylor’s effort went over the bar. The Tigers then started to create numerous chances to open the scoring as Di’Shon Bernard fired two chances off-target, while George Honeyman forced a good save from David Cornell.
Huddlestone hit the bar from the resulting corner with a well-struck volley, before Cornell denied the Tigers again by blocking Keane Lewis-Potter’s effort from close range. At the other end, Jorge Grant curled a free-kick narrowly wide past the post while Matt Ingram superbly saved from Sammie Szmodics, before the Peterborough forward was flagged for offside.
The Tigers had a penalty appeal waved away by the referee after Magennis was brought down by Cornell, before Ingram saved well to deny Szmodics from close range. However from the resulting corner, Peterborough opened the scoring as Taylor produced a stunning first-time strike that found the top corner. The Tigers didn’t find themselves behind for long though as Callum Elder’s pinpoint cross was met at the back post for Magennis to head home from close range.
Magennis almost turned provider at the beginning of the second half as his cross found Lewis-Potter at the front post, but the forward’s effort went over the bar. The Northern Ireland international then just couldn’t guide Elder’s cross into the net with his headed attempt, while Lewis-Potter volleyed over after connecting with Jacob Greaves’ pass.
The Tigers received a penalty on the 65th minute as Wilks was brought down. Magennis stepped up but fired his spot-kick high and wide. Ingram then produced a fantastic diving save to deny Dembélé from range, before the Peterborough forward put the visitors ahead with a delicate chipped finish.
Tom Eaves searched for a Tigers’ equaliser as he connected with Coyle’s cross, but his header clipped the crossbar before bouncing behind for a goal-kick. Szmodics almost found a third for Peterborough late-on as his curling effort went narrowly wide past the post, before Dembélé had a second goal of the game chalked off for offside.
Hull City: Matt Ingram; Lewie Coyle ©, Di’Shon Bernard, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Tom Huddlestone (Richie Smallwood 28’), Greg Docherty, George Honeyman (George Moncur 73’); Mallik Wilks, Josh Magennis (Tom Eaves 73’), Keane Lewis-Potter.
Subs Not Used: Nathan Baxter, Josh Emmanuel, Andy Cannon, Randell Williams.
Peterborough United: David Cornell; Josh Knight (Joe Ward 60’), Ronnie Edwards, Mark Beevers ©; Nathan Thompson, Jack Taylor, Oliver Norburn, Dan Butler (Harrison Burrows 66’); Jorge Grant (Connor Coventry 79’), Siriki Dembélé, Sammie Szmodics.
Subs Not Used: Will Blackmore, Frankie Kent, Idris Kanu, Joseph Tomlinson.