Hull City secured back-to-back home victories with a 3-0 win over Reading at the MKM Stadium.
Keane Lewis-Potter netted a brace, while Alfie Jones scored his first goal in amber and black as he rifled home from close range.
Shota Arveladze made two changes to his starting XI to the one that faced Millwall on Easter Monday. Defenders Lewie Coyle and Brandon Fleming returned into the team for Callum Elder and Ryan Longman respectively, while Sean McLoughlin made his 50th appearance for the club.
Chances were a premium in the first half as George Honeyman’s strike was blocked, after a short corner routine with Keane Lewis-Potter. Honeyman’s set-pieces were creating the opportunities for the Tigers as his free-kick picked out the run of Richie Smallwood in the penalty area, but his headed effort went over the bar, before Jacob Greaves headed wide from a corner.
At the other end, Josh Laurent met Junior Hoilett’s delivery, but his header was held by Nathan Baxter. Lucas João drilled wide from Baba Rahman’s cross, before Tom Ince dragged his low shot wide.
The Tigers took the lead with five minutes to play in the first half. Honeyman won possession on the halfway line, before feeding the ball through for Lewis-Potter. The winger drove into the box, before clinically finishing one-on-one from a tight angle as his strike hit the roof of the net.
Jones doubled the Tigers’ lead eight minutes into the second half as Honeyman’s free-kick caused chaos in the Reading defence, with the loose ball falling for Jones who drilled his strike past Ørjan Nyland.
Moments later, Coyle’s cross-come-shot was parried by Nyland, before Nathan Baxter produced a stunning save to deny João one-on-one, with Tom Ince seeing the rebound deflect wide. From the resulting corner, Tom McIntyre fired wide from distance.
Both teams were getting half chances from set-pieces as Jones almost got his brace, but he headed wide from Honeyman’s free-kick, while Andy Yiadom saw his shot deflect behind for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Reading captain Michael Morrison couldn’t divert his effort goalwards at the back stick.
Reading substitute Ovie Ejaria curled his strike straight at Baxter, before fellow substitute Longman picked Lewis-Potter out with a long throw-in, but the forward volleyed wide. Late-on Yiadom struck wide past the right-hand post from distance.
In stoppage time, the Tigers got themselves a third as Lewis-Potter broke through one-on-one, before placing his finish into the bottom corner to cap off a professional display for Arveladze’s men.
Hull City (3-4-2-1): Nathan Baxter; Alfie Jones, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Lewie Coyle (Ryan Longman 82’), Richie Smallwood, Regan Slater, Brandon Fleming; George Honeyman (Greg Docherty 82’), Keane Lewis-Potter; Allahyar Sayydamanesh (Tom Eaves 77’).
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, Callum Elder, Di’Shon Bernard, Marcus Forss.
Reading (4-4-2): Ørjan Nyland; Andy Yiadom, Michael Morrison (C), Tom McIntyre, Baba Rahman; Tom Ince (Yakou Méïté 85’), Danny Drinkwater, Tom Dele-Bashiru (Ovie Ejaria 57’), Junior Hoilett; Josh Laurent, Lucas João.
Subs Not Used: Luke Southwood, Terell Thomas, Brandon Barker, Kevin Ehibhatiomhan, Kelvin Abrefa.