Shota Arveladze began his tenure as Hull City head coach with a win as they defeated Swansea City 2-0 at the MKM Stadium.
First-half goals from Tom Eaves and Keane Lewis-Potter secured the Tigers all three points in the Sky Bet Championship.
There was only one change to the starting XI that defeated AFC Bournemouth 1-0 last time out with Brandon Fleming coming into the team for the injured Randell Williams, while there was a place on the bench for new signing Regan Slater.
Fleming was instrumental in the opening exchanges of the fixture as the Tigers gained an early lead. The wing-back whipped a left-footed cross to the front post for Eaves to convert from close-range. Eaves’ finish went down in the club’s history as it was Hull City 600th league goal at the MKM Stadium.
Twelve minutes later and Lewis-Potter doubled the Tigers’ lead. George Honeyman picked out the run of the forward from the right flank, with Lewis-Potter volleying home at the back post.
Swansea tried to respond through Hannes Wolf, after he met Ryan Manning’s delivery, but his looping header was well watched by Nathan Baxter. At the other end, Eaves thought he had got his second and the Tigers third of the afternoon after he was found by Lewis-Potter, but it was ruled out for a foul.
The last chance of the first half fell to Swansea’s Joël Piroe, but his chipped effort went wide past the post, following good build up play by Cyrus Christie.
At the start of the second half, Eaves’ ambitious volley was off-target before Swansea substitute Michael Obafemi fired wide after meeting Joel Latibeaudiere’s whipped delivery. Ben Hamer was then called into action as he parried away Ryan Longman’s dangerous cross, before Richie Smallwood fired the rebound over the bar with his first-time strike.
In the other goal, Baxter produced a stunning reaction save to push Obafemi’s attempt onto the crossbar, before holding the rebound from range by Manning. It was end-to-end action as Eaves’ low cross nearly forced an own goal after Hamer got a hand to it, but the loose ball was hooked off the line by Kyle Naughton.
Lewis-Potter then curled a chance wide, before Liam Walsh saw his free-kick come back off the post, with Piroe blasting the rebound wide. Ben Cabango was next to take aim for Swansea, but his effort was well held by Baxter, before Olivier Ntcham’s drive was deflected wide off Sean McLoughlin.
Piroe thought he reduced the deficit in injury time as he finished from close-range, but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Hull City (3-4-1-2): Nathan Baxter; Di’Shon Bernard, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Ryan Longman, Richie Smallwood (C), Greg Docherty, Brandon Fleming (Regan Slater 81’); George Honeyman (Callum Jones 90’); Tom Eaves, Keane Lewis-Potter.
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, George Moncur, Tyler Smith, Tom Huddlestone, Festus Arthur.
Swansea City (3-4-2-1): Ben Hamer; Ben Cabango, Kyle Naughton, Joel Latibeaudiere; Cyrus Christie, Jay Fulton (Michael Obafemi 46’), Matt Grimes (C), Ryan Manning; Korey Smith (Liam Walsh 63’), Hannes Wolf (Olivier Ntcham 46’); Joël Piroe.
Subs Not Used: Andrew Fisher, Ryan Bennett, Kyle Joseph, Azeem Abdulai.