The Tigers suffered their heaviest ever Premier League defeat as they were thrashed 6-1 by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A poor first half display had already left Mike Phelan’s side with a mountain to climb as they trailed 3-1 at the break and it got no better after half time as the home side ended up running away with the game.
Phelan made four changes to his side with Harry Maguire, Ahmed Elmohamady, Shaun Maloney and Will Keane all coming into the starting eleven. David Meyler, Adama Diomande and Markus Henriksen dropped to the bench while Dieumerci Mbokani missed out through injury.
The changes resulted in Jake Livermore reverting to a more familiar midfield role following his recent stint as a centre back, but it was his poor ball that put his side in trouble after only 60 seconds as Jordon Ibe was presented with a chance to burst into the Tigers’ box. Curtis Davies did well to get a block in as the Bournemouth man really took too long to get his shot away.
Bournemouth had made by far the better start and took the lead five minutes in after being awarded a free kick 20 yards out. Junior Stanislas took it and saw his effort come back off the post, the ball falling perfectly for Charlie Daniels to volley home from eight yards.
The Tigers were struggling to make any inroads going forward with space limited inside the Bournemouth half, and it was perhaps with a little frustration that Sam Clucas picked up the first yellow card of the afternoon for a late challenge on Adam Smith close to the touchline.
With Ibe finding all the space he needed to prompt and probe a chance came Callum Wilson’s way but his shot was saved by David Marshall at the near post.
It was Ibe again causing problems as Bournemouth went close to doubling their lead on 24 minutes. Ibe got in down the Tigers’ right before pulling the ball back for Wilson who saw an effort come back off the bar with a follow-up from Jack Wilshere blocked.
Stanislas saw a deflected shot go just wide before Ibe sent one just over the bar from 25 yards as the hosts continued to dominate.
It took just over half-an-hour for the Tigers to threaten for the first time as Maguire headed over from Maloney’s corner, but when Bournemouth gave the ball away cheaply moments later the visitors were level. Steve Cook was the guilty party for the hosts, and when Livermore passed inside to Mason the Tigers’ record buy took aim from 20 yards and saw his shot take a deflection off Cook on its way into the net.
Cook would, unfortunately, make amends five minutes before the break. The centre back was sent forward for a free kick and rose to head the delivery into the bottom corner of the net.
Maloney went close to levelling almost straight away with a curling effort that went just over from 18 yards, but it would get worse for the Tigers before the break as they fell 3-1 behind. Robert Snodgrass was adjudged to have fouled Wilson just inside the box and the Bournemouth man picked himself up to smash home the penalty.
The second half began almost as badly as the first had ended with Cook heading goalwards from a set-piece only for Marshall to tip the ball over the bar.
A first change saw Tom Huddlestone replace Maloney ten minutes after the break before Andy Robertson was booked for a foul on Harry Arter.
The Tigers maybe should have had a penalty when Mason was chopped down inside the box but the referee waved play on as Bournemouth swept down the other end of the field with Ibe dragging a shot wide.
An injury to Robertson forced a second change for the away side as Diomande came on in place of the Scottish international.
Moments later, it was 4-1 to Bournemouth as a low cross came in from the right and Stanislas produced a finish at the far post.
Bournemouth added a fifth when Wilson was left unmarked at the far post to plant a header into the net, and a thoroughly miserable afternoon was completed when Dan Gosling curled home two minutes from time.
Bournemouth: Artur Boruc, Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels, Jordon Ibe (Joshua King 61), Harry Arter, Andrew Surman, Jack Wilshere (Dan Gosling 78), Junior Stanislas, Callum Wilson (Benik Afobe 86).
Subs Not Used: Adam Federici, Tyrone Mings, Nathan Ake, Ryan Fraser.
Hull City: David Marshall, Ahmed Elmohamady, Harry Maguire, Curtis Davies, Andy Robertson (Adama Diomande 61), Jake Livermore, Sam Clucas, Ryan Mason (David Meyler 78), Robert Snodgrass, Shaun Maloney (Tom Huddlestone 55), Will Keane.
Subs Not Used: Eldin Jakupovic, Abel Hernandez, James Weir, Markus Henriksen.
Referee: Mr L. Mason.