A commanding return to the Championship saw Hull City overpower Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield at the KC stadium. Goals from debutants Sam Clucas and Chuba Akpom ensured the Tigers claimed all three points on offer.
Hull were dominant from the start. However, despite the former Premier League side controlling early possession, the best chance went to Huddersfield. Harry Bunn was clean through on goal after beating the offside trap but blazed his effort over the bar from a good position on the right.
Of Hull’s two Arsenal loanees, fortunes were mixed in the first half an hour. Isaac Hayden, one his first taste of league football, looked nervous early on and gave the ball away consistently in midfield. Chuba Akpom on the other hand looked at home at this level, making dangerous, direct runs at the Terriers defence and winning several free-kicks in dangerous areas, which Ryan Taylor failed to take advantage of.
The home side had to wait until the 39th minute for the break through. Superb build up play by Hayden in midfield released Nikica Jelavic down the right wing. A pull back to Elmohamady followed by a delicious cross towards Akpom and Clucas in the area. The ball dropped to Clucas who managed to fire it past Alex Smithies in the Huddersfield goal on the second time of asking.
The second half started much the same as the first, Hull dominating possession but all the best chances went to the visitors. Harry Bunn was again the main threat. The lively winger saw two efforts miss the target in the first ten minutes of the second half.
Hull’s defensive partnership of Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson looked confident all game, despite the best efforts of forward Nahki Wells to upset their cohesion. The little striker really showed his talents in the second half, forcing a very good save from Hull keeper, Allan McGregor and a good defensive clearance from Curtis Davies, who was named man of the match by the home fans.
In much the same fashion as the first half, Hull’s second goal came through the midfield work of Isaac Hayden, releasing substitute Sone Aluko down the right wing. A cross was rebounded into Chuba Akpom’s path and he delighted the Hull fans with a powerful finish across the keeper into the top corner.
The game was tightly contested in parts but overall Hull showed their former Premier League class. A testing, but confident display was enough to turn over a spirited Terriers side.
Man of the match: Chuba Akpom
The forward was a constant thorn in the side of Huddersfield’s defence. From the start of the game to his departure, to a standing ovation in the 83rd minute, Akpom was the main aggressor. The striker carved out several goal-scoring opportunities by simply running directly at the defenders and winning a free kick. His performance was topped off with a superb finish. Hull fans will be expecting big things this season from their new hero.