James McClean’s early goal gave the Potters the upper hand at the bet365 Stadium, with Mame Diouf adding a second after half time before Evandro was given his marching orders when he picked up a second yellow card of the afternoon as the Tigers played out the final 30 minutes with ten men.
Nigel Adkins’ side were without Jackson Irvine, struggling with a knock picked up in midweek, meaning Stephen Kingsley returned to the starting eleven in the only change from the success at Rotherham.
Stoke City made five changes to their side following a Wednesday night defeat to Wigan Athletic, with Peter Crouch amongst those winning a call-up. Former Tiger Tom Ince missed out through injury.
Stoke enjoyed the majority of possession in the early stages and took a ninth-minute lead when Joe Allen’s corner was only cleared as far as the edge of the box and McClean found the net with a low drive that took a slight deflection on its way in.
Evandro sent a 25-yarder well wide in response while Friazer Campbell also had a chance that he sliced horribly with his left foot inside the area.
The Tigers had at least found a foothold in the game and Campbell was unlucky to see a near-post flick from Todd Kane’s corner pushed away by goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Evandro picked up a booking late in the half for a foul on Allen, and goal-scorer McClean was also cautioned after a challenge on Dan Batty in the centre circle, as Stoke took their lead into the break.
David Marshall made a good save from Diouf’s header 12 minutes into the second half after the Stoke man had met Allen’s corner, but two minutes later it was 2-0 as Diouf got into the box and saw a low effort deflect of Jordy de Wijs and into the bottom corner.
Worse was to come a minute later when Evandro was dismissed for a second bookable offence, this time a two-footed lunge on Diouf.
A first change of the afternoon saw Nouha Dicko replace Campbell while a second brought Will Keane on for Kane.
Marshall was brought into the action again to make a good save from Peter Etebo before a third and final Tigers substitution saw Kevin Stewart come on for Jarrod Bowen.
McClean blasted wide and Benik Afobe was denied by Marshall late on as Stoke eased their way to full time.
Stoke City: Jack Butland, Cuco Martina, Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi, Erik Pieters, Mame Diouf (Moritz Bauer 88), Joe Allen, Peter Etebo, James McClean, Saido Berahino (Bojan 80), Peter Crouch (Benik Afobe 80).
Subs Not Used: Adam Federici, Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher, Harry Souttar.
Hull City: David Marshall, Eric Lichaj, Reece Burke, Jordy de Wijs, Stephen Kingsley, Markus Henriksen, Daniel Batty, Jarrod Bowen (Kevin Stewart 78), Evandro, Todd Kane (Will Keane 67), Fraizer Campbell (Nouha Dicko 63).
Subs Not Used: George Long, Jon Toral, Adam Curry, Robbie McKenzie.
Referee: Mr D. Bond.