It’s now back-to-back defeats for Hull City after they were beaten 1-0 by Burnley on a horrible afternoon at Turf Moor.
Ashley Barnes scored the only goal of the game early in the second half as the hosts recorded their first win of the season, a win they thoroughly deserved against a City side devoid of any attacking ideas as they failed to find the back of the net for a third game in a row.
Steve Bruce made two changes to his side as goalkeeper Steve Harper made a return from injury to take the place of Eldin Jakupovic while Sone Aluko came in for Hatem Ben Arfa.
The Tigers were on the back foot in the opening minute as a routine ball over the top caused all sorts of problems for the back line as Danny Ings got in behind, the striker poking an effort just wide of the far post.
That set the tone for the game, although Aluko and Abel Hernandez both saw early shots fail to find the target.
Harper was forced to make a brilliant save from an Ings volley after his defence had failed to deal with a Burnley corner, the goalkeeper parrying the powerful drive away. It almost proved academic as Paul McShane sliced the resulting loose ball back towards his own goal, Robbie Brady having to make a goal-line clearance.
McShane’s foul on Ings then gave Burnley a free kick right on the edge of the City box, but the defensive wall did its job when blocking the striker’s low set-piece.
A poor ball forward from Harper saw Ings try his luck from halfway as the game neared half time but his effort was well off target before McShane headed a rare City chance wide from Tom Huddlestone’s cross.
Half Time: Burnley 0-0 Hull City
It took Burnley just five minutes to open the scoring after the break. Ings worked the ball right for full back Kieran Trippier to whip in a cross for Barnes to rise and power a header home.
The goal prompted an immediate response from Bruce, who brought Stephen Quinn and Gaston Ramirez on for Aluko and Huddlestone.
Hernandez saw a header comfortably saved by Tom Heaton, the only time the Burnley goalkeeper was worked during the afternoon.
Ben Arfa soon joined proceedings with James Chester going off, prompting a change in shape but City would soon be a man light as Curtis Davies was forced off the field with an injury.
Despite being a man down, City enjoyed the greater territory and possession in the closing stages with Hernandez unlucky to see a smart turn and shot go wide.
However, it never looked like being City’s day and as the referee produced his tenth yellow card of the afternoon, four of which went the Tigers’ way, deep into added time the game was up.
Hull City: Steve Harper, James Chester (Hatem Ben Arfa 59), Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone (Gaston Ramirez 50), Abel Hernandez, Robbie Brady, Jake Livermore, Paul McShane, Mohamed Diame, Sone Aluko (Stephen Quinn 50), Ahmed Elmohamady.
Subs Not Used: Eldin Jakupovic, Liam Rosenior, David Meyler, Andrew Robertson.
Burnley: Tom Heaton, Jason Shackell, Kieran Trippier, Danny Ings, Scott Arfield (Michael Kightly 55), Stephen Ward, David Jones, George Boyd, Dean Marney, Michael Duff, Ashley Barnes (Lukas Jutkiewicz 75).
Subs Not Used: Matt Gilks, Marvin Sordell, Ben Mee, Michael Keane, Nathaniel Chalobah.
Referee: Mr M. Clattenburg.