Marco Silva marked his first Premier League game in charge with a win as the Tigers came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Abel Hernandez scored his first Premier League goals since August as his double turned the game around after Bournemouth had taken an early lead from the penalty spot before the three points were sealed when Tyrone Mings turned Tom Huddlestone’s effort into his own net just after the hour mark.
New signings Oumar Niasse and Evandro were on the bench as Head Coach Silva named his first top flight line-up. Hernandez started for the first time since returning from injury, while Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies were also back in the starting eleven.
The afternoon got off to a poor start as the Tigers conceded a penalty inside three minutes. Harry Maguire’s trip on Ryan Fraser just inside the box saw the referee point to the penalty spot and Junior Stanislas converted.
Maguire was playing at right back with Silva adopting a 4-4-1-1 formation. Adama Diomande played on the right wing with Robert Snodgrass supporting Hernandez in attack.
Harry Arter was inches away from adding a second Bournemouth goal on 14 minutes when he fired just wide from 20 yards.
Eldin Jakupovic blocked from Benik Afobe after a misjudgement from Dawson had let the forward through on goal and the keeper then had to save a follow-up shot as the visitors sought to punish some poor defending.
The home side’s first real effort of note came half-an-hour in when Snodgrass teed up a volley for himself which went just over the bar.
Moments later, the Tigers were level as they swept from one end of the field to the other. Quick distribution from Jakupovic found Maguire in space on the right who passed inside to Huddlestone. He showed great vision to pass first time wide left to Andy Robertson and when he sent a fantastic cross into the Bournemouth box, Hernandez was there to head home at the far post.
It was a goal that brought a visible lift to the home side’s attacking play. Ryan Mason was involved in a series on one-twos that almost brought a perfect return ball from Hernanadez for the midfielder who was racing into the Bournemouth box, before Davies glanced a Snodgrass free kick wide.
The Tigers turned up the pressure in the moments before half time, winning a series of corners but they couldn’t profit as the sides went in level at the break.
Silva’s men kept up the pressure into the second half and hit the front five minutes in. Hernandez took possession on the right and ran at his man, causing him to back off and leaving enough room for the striker to send a beautiful low left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Mason was inches away from adding a third when he fired just wide from 20 yards, with Bournemouth deciding the time was right to introduce Callum Wilson and former Tigers-loanee Joshua King from the bench.
Hernandez headed wide from a Diomande cross before Adam Smith was booked for a foul on Sam Clucas by the touchline.
There was no let-up in the Tigers’ attacking play and they went 3-1 up just after the hour. A Snodgrass free kick was only cleared as far as Huddlestone and when he sent an effort goalwards, it deflected in off Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.
Jakupovic made a fine save to deny Jack Wilshere as Bournemouth looked for a route back into the game, before Evandro came on to make his Tigers debut in place of Snodgrass.
Niasse was the next to be called off the bench, replacing Hernandez who left the field to a standing ovation.
Niasse caused the Bournemouth back line a few moments of concern in the closing moments, but there were no further chances and the Tigers had done enough to climb off the bottom of the table and above Swansea and Sunderland with an important three points.
Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Andy Robertson, Harry Maguire, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez (Oumar Niasse 82), Robert Snodgrass (Evandro 76), Sam Clucas, Adama Diomande, Michael Dawson, Ryan Mason (Jake Livermore 86).
Subs Not Used: David Marshall, James Weir, Josh Tymon, Jarrod Bowen.
Bournemouth: Artur Boruc, Steve Cook, Andrew Surman, Harry Arter, Benik Afobe (Callum Wilson 54), Charlie Daniels, Adam Smith, Junior Stanislas (Marc Pugh 69), Ryan Fraser (Joshua King 54), Tyrone Mings, Jack Wilshere.
Subs Not Used: Adam Federici, Dan Gosling, Brad Smith, Jordon Ibe.
Referee: Mr M. Atkinson.
Attendance: 17,963 (1,026 Visiting Supporters).