Goals in each half saw the new era under Acun Ilıcalı’s ownership begin with a 2-0 victory over high-flying Blackburn Rovers.
George Honeyman and Tom Eaves netted the goals for the Tigers as Grant McCann’s picked up three points in the Sky Bet Championship.
Grant McCann made two changes to his starting XI that faced Stoke City last time out. Randell Williams and Richie Smallwood came into the team for Tyler Smith and Tom Huddlestone, who dropped to the bench, with Smallwood captaining the team on his 50th league appearance for the Tigers. Also among the substitutes was recently recalled duo Festus Arthur and Callum Jones.
It was a perfect start for the Tigers as good build-up play saw Ryan Longman feed the ball through for Honeyman, who jinxed his way into the box before sneaking the ball over the line. Blackburn looked to respond immediately as Ben Brereton Díaz tested an outstretched Nathan Baxter, before the Chilean international saw his penalty appeals waved away by Thomas Bramall.
Di’Shon Bernard then produced a world-class recovery to clear Reda Khadra’s effort off the line, after the forward dribbled past Baxter, before the Tigers’ shot-stopper parried away Joe Rothwell’s drive.
In the second half, Blackburn produced several dangerous crosses, which were dealt with by the Tigers’ defence, while Darragh Lenihan’s low shot was held by Baxter at his near post. At the other end, Eaves’ volley flew over the bar, before Longman tested Thomas Kaminski in the Blackburn goal and the rebound from Williams being blocked.
From a corner routine, Longman drilled narrowly wide from close-range, before Baxter had to be alert at his near post to block Tayo Edun’s attempt. From the resulting corner, Scott Wharton headed over.
On the 67th minute, Eaves doubled the Tigers’ lead. Longman’s whipped cross found the striker at the back post, who towered over his marker before looping his header into the far corner from a tight angle. It could have been three just minutes later as Kaminski produced a stunning reaction save to deny Honeyman from point-blank range, before Keane Lewis-Potter fired over the rebound.
The Hull City front man curled a free-kick from 25 yards narrowly wide late on in the fixture, before seeing another effort curl wide just minutes later. Tyler Smith almost made it three in stoppage time after the Tigers won the ball high up the pitch, but his strike was pushed behind by Kaminski.
Hull City (3-4-1-2): Nathan Baxter; Di’Shon Bernard, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Randell Williams, Richie Smallwood ©, Greg Docherty, Ryan Longman (Tyler Smith 87’); George Honeyman (Callum Jones 90’); Tom Eaves, Keane Lewis-Potter.
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, George Moncur, Brandon Fleming, Tom Huddlestone, Festus Arthur.
Blackburn Rovers (3-4-3): Thomas Kaminski; Darragh Lenihan ©, Jan Paul van Hecke, Scott Wharton; Joseph Rankin-Costello (Daniel Ayala 68’), Joe Rothwell, John Buckley (Bradley Johnson 68’), Tayo Edun; Sam Gallagher (Dilan Markanday 68’), Ben Brereton Díaz, Reda Khadra.