Hull City kicked-off 2021 with a 2-0 victory over Charlton Athletic at the KCOM Stadium.
Hakeeb Adelakun opened the scoring in the first half with a close-range finish before Greg Docherty made the points safe 15 minutes from time as the Tigers returned to winning ways against a Charlton side that had Darren Pratley sent off after the interval.
Grant McCann’s starting eleven showed six changes to the side that started against Portsmouth before Christmas. George Long made his first league appearance of the season as he took over from Matt Ingram in goal, while George Honeyman returned from injury in place of Regan Slater in midfield.
Callum Elder, Reece Burke, James Scott and Josh Magennis were all absent, with Brandon Fleming, Alfie Jones, Adelakun and Tom Eaves coming in.
Ben Amos, who was on loan with the Tigers during the 2012/13 season, started in goal for Charlton while Marcus Maddison, on loan at the KCOM for a period last season, was on the Addicks’ bench.
Jones sent a header over the bar from Honeyman's corner early on, while a low shot from Mallik Wilks was comfortable for Amos.
The Tigers were the better side, though, and took the lead in the 18th minute. A ball over the top from Jacob Greaves sent Wilks away down the left and his low cross found its way through to Adelakun who applied the finish.
Wilks sent a shot straight into the hands of Amos as the home side threatened to add a second, with Eaves also going close when getting on the end of a smart set-piece routine.
A cross-shot from Wilks deflected just wide and Honeyman was just off target with his left foot after Charlton had failed to clear Fleming's corner.
Long turned Jake Forster-Caskey's free kick wide as Charlton threatened for the first time five minutes before the break, while Eaves missed a great chance for the home side in added time as he fired over the bar with time and space inside the box.
Docherty's low shot was taken by Amos early in the second half before Charlton were reduced to ten men as Darren Pratley was sent off for an off-the-ball kick-out at Wilks that was witnessed by the assistant referee.
Keane Lewis-Potter replaced Eaves as McCann made his first substitution 20 minutes from time and he played his part in setting up the Tigers' second goal five minutes later. The substitute's cross found the head of Wilks and when his effort came back off the upright, some calm play from Honeyman created the chance for Docherty to fire the ball into the roof of the net for 2-0.
A double change saw Thomas Mayer and Regan Slater replace Adelakun and Honeyman, and Fleming went close to adding a third goal with a free kick that stroked the outside of the netting.
Hull City: George Long; Josh Emmanuel, Alfie Jones, Jacob Greaves, Brandon Fleming; Richie Smallwood © (Daniel Batty 84), Greg Docherty, George Honeyman (Regan Slatyer 78); Hakeeb Adelakun (Thomas Mayer 78), Mallik Wilks, Tom Eaves (Keane Lewis-Potter 70).
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, Lewie Coyle, Sean McLoughlin.
Charlton Athletic: Ben Amos, Chris Gunter, Jason Pearce, Jake Forster-Caskey, Conor Washington, Darren Pratley, Adam Matthews, Omar Bogle (Paul Smyth 46), Albie Morgan (Jonathan Williams 61), Ian Maatsen, Ben Watson (Alex Gilbey 10).
Subs Not Used: Ashley Maynard-Brewer, Ben Purrington, Adedeji Famewo, Marcus Maddison.
Referee: Mr M. Coy.