Markus Henriksen marked his debut with a last-minute winner as the Tigers came from behind to beat Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium and advance through to the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Trailing to Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, Ryan Mason’s stunning equaliser just before the break seemed to have set the tie up for extra time before Henriksen’s last-gasp effort brought victory.
Mike Phelan made eight changes to his starting eleven, and handed first starts to all six of the Club’s recent signings as David Marshall, James Weir, Dieumerci Mbokani, Will Keane, Henriksen and Mason all came into the team.
Stoke made just four changes as manager Mark Hughes led his side in search of a first win since beating Stevenage in the last round of this competition.
The home side were the first to threaten when a Joe Allen free kick was only cleared as far as the edge of the box from where Marko Arnautovic sent a volley just wide.
It wasn’t long before the Tigers had their first attack of the night as Weir burst forward from right back before playing a pass inside for Henriksen who sent a low shot inches wide from 20 yards.
Some slack play in midfield from the visitors almost allowed Stoke in after 12 minutes but a Wilfried Bony effort was deflected wide.
Stoke took a deserved lead 24 minutes in. Arnautovic took possession before turning and being given all the time he needed to fire into the net from 20 yards.
The home side could have made it two soon after when Ramadan Sobhi got the better of Weir out wide and crossed low for Bony who stabbed an effort wide from eight yards.
Glen Johnson, Giannelli Imbula and Arnautovic forced Marshall into saves as Stoke threatened to double their lead with the Tigers largely anonymous in attack.
That was until added time at the end of the first half. Henriksen found himself in space to carry the ball forward to the edge of the Stoke box before clipping a ball towards Mason beyond the far post. It seemed impossible from the angle he was at, but the Tigers’ record buy somehow managed to send a volley over goalkeeper Lee Grant and into the far corner of the net to level the scores at the break.
Bony sent a shot over the bar and Marshall did well to snuff out Sobhi’s dangerous low cross in the early stages of the second half as the pattern of the first period continued.
Bony then wasted a great chance for the home side, taking far too long inside the Tigers’ penalty area before being shut out by Marshall and his defence.
Ryan Shawcross picked up a booking for a foul on Mbokani on halfway after the striker had threatened to break clear into an empty opposing half of the field.
Arnautovic saw a free kick deflect into the side-netting after Weir’s foul on Erik Pieters on the edge of the box had been punished before Allen was booked for an off-the-ball trip on Henriksen as the Tigers looked to attack.
Phelan made his first change 68 minutes in, replacing goal-scorer Mason with Ahmed Elmohamady.
Stoke substitute Charlie Adam tested Marshall with a stinging drive that the goalkeeper did well to beat away to safety while at the other end, a dangerous looking ball from Elmohamady towards Mbokani was well cut out.
Marshall pulled off a brilliant save to keep out Mame Diouf’s near-post flick as the home side turned up the pressure with the game heading into the final 15 minutes before the Tigers introduced Tom Huddlestone in place of David Meyler.
Marshall was on hand to make a fine double stop inside his six-yard box as Charlie Adam’s free kick caused problems before a dangerous run from Weir at the other end finished with a tame shot into the hands of Grant.
The Tigers struck the winner as the game ticked into added time with a move of real quality as Weir’s ball into the box brought a deft touch from Maloney which teed up Henriksen to blast home from ten yards.
Adama Diomande replaced Maloney as the Tigers tried to eat up some of the three added minutes, Stoke having one last chance through Allen but he could only send it wide as Phelan’s side made it through to round four.
Stoke City: Lee Grant, Glen Johnson, Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi, Erik Pieters, Geoff Cameron, Joe Allen, Marko Arnautovic, Giannelli Imbula (Charlie Adam 68), Ramadan Sobhi, Wilfried Bony (Mame Diouf 68).
Subs Not Used: Shay Given, Phil Bardsley, Marc Muniesa, Peter Crouch, Thibaut Verlinden.
Hull City: David Marshall, Andy Robertson, Harry Maguire, Curtis Davies, David Meyler (Tom Huddlestone 79), Shaun Maloney (Adama Diomande 90), James Weir, Dieumerci Mbokani, Will Keane, Markus Henriksen, Ryan Mason (Ahmed Elmohamady 68).
Subs Not Used: Dusan Kuciak, Josh Tymon, Jarrod Bowen, Greg Olley.
Referee: Mr C. Kavanagh.
Attendance: 10,550 (408 Visiting Supporters).