Karlan Grant’s brace condemned Hull City to a 2-0 home defeat against West Bromwich Albion in the Sky Bet Championship.
The forward opened the scoring on 17 minutes, before converting a spot-kick in the second half to secure the Baggies all three points.
Shota Arveladze named an unchanged starting XI to the one that defeated Peterborough United 3-0 last time out. Keane Lewis-Potter made his 100th league appearance for the club, while there were returns to the bench for forwards Tom Eaves and Allahyar Sayyadmanesh.
The first chance of the game fell to the visitors as Semi Ajayi picked out the run of Conor Townsend at the back post, but his volleyed effort was pushed away by an acrobatic dive from Matt Ingram. The Tigers’ shot-stopper was called into action moments later, using his foot to block Grant’s low strike.
The West Brom striker wasn’t to be denied later on as he flicked Alex Mowatt’s delivery into the far corner past an outstretched Ingram. The Tigers looked to respond as Richie Smallwood’s initial strike deflected into the path of Lewis-Potter, who blazed his first-time shot over the bar.
Fleming was next to take aim for the Tigers after good one-two touch passing on the left wing, but the fullback’s attempt was blocked. Sam Johnstone then parried Lewis-Potter’s curling effort away, before the Tigers’ forward saw a similar attempt deflect wide. Tyler Smith then saw a headed attempt pushed away by Johnstone, with the linesman later raising his flag for offside.
Smith and Lewis-Potter then linked up for the next big chance of the game as the latter was released through on goal by George Honeyman. Lewis-Potter in-turn looked to square the ball back for Smith to finish, but a combination of Ajayi, Kyle Bartley and Johnstone denied the forward.
The visitors were awarded a penalty a minute into the second half as Jacob Greaves fouled Taylor Gardner-Hickman in the box. Grant stepped up and sent Ingram the wrong way to convert the spot-kick to secure his, and West Brom’s, second of the afternoon.
Greaves immediately tried to pull one back for the Tigers, but his looping header flew over the bar. The defender then went on a surging run into the West Brom penalty area, but his powerful strike across goal was flicked away by the fingers of Johnstone.
Late-on, Eaves’ headed over from Smallwood’s delivery, before the forward had two strikes following Ryan Longman’s set-piece delivery. The first strike was blocked before Eaves’ rebound flew over the crossbar. At the other end, Grant was denied his hat-trick as his near post effort was blocked by Ingram.
Hull City (3-4-2-1): Matt Ingram; Alfie Jones, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Regan Slater (Ryan Longman 78’), Richie Smallwood (C), Greg Docherty (Allahyar Sayyadmanesh 63’), Brandon Fleming; George Honeyman, Keane Lewis-Potter; Tyler Smith (Tom Eaves 63’).
Subs Not Used: Harvey Cartwright, Tom Huddlestone, Di’Shon Bernard, Liam Walsh.
West Brom (3-5-2): Sam Johnstone; Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Matt Clarke; Darnell Furlong, Taylor Gardner-Hickman (Jayson Molumby 87’), Jake Livermore (C), Alex Mowatt, Conor Townsend; Karlan Grant (Andy Carroll 89’), Callum Robinson (Grady Diangana 82’).
Subs Not Used: David Button, Dara O’Shea, Adam Reach, Cédric Kipré.