Hull City maintained their unbeaten record in the EFL Championship with a 2-1 win over Norwich City.
A goal in each half by Colombian forward Óscar Estupiñán earned the Tigers all three points at MKM Stadium, although Marcelino Núñez grabbed a free-kick in the second half.
Shota Arveladze made six changes to the starting XI that faced Bradford City last time out. Callum Elder turned 100th Start for the club in all competitions while captain Lewie Coyle celebrates his 50th birthdayth League start for the Tigers. There was also a welcome return from injury for goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, who had sat on the substitutes’ bench.
Norwich had a series of corners in the opening two minutes when Grant Hanley saw his free header from Matt Ingram. Allahyar Sayyadmanesh ran along the other end and tried to steer his shot into the far corner but was only able to miss.
Ingram was far busier of the two goalies in the opening games as he fended off Teemu Pukki one on one before the shot stopper recovered after originally giving the ball away by denying Núñez. Pukki’s rebound deflected wide.
In the 24th minute, Ozan Tufan tried a daring shot from long range, but his shot went just over the bar. Todd Cantwell cut one try wide before the Tigers took the lead with the 43approx Minute. A defensive mix-up for Norwich resulted in the loose ball falling on Estupiñán to smash the ball home from six yards.
In stoppage time, Ingram was called on to maintain the Tigers’ advantage at half-time when he acrobatically blocked Pukki’s attempt at curling.
In the second half, Alfie Jones selected Tufan’s run, but his first shot was blocked before Benjamin Tetteh could deflect his shot wide. From the resulting corner, the Tigers doubled their lead. Regan Slater saw his original shot blocked before Alfie Jones saw the rebound saved by Tim Krul. The ball then landed at Estupiñán, who converted his shot at the front post.
Liam Gibbs was about to pull one back for Norwich but his shot was deflected wide by Jacob Greaves. on the 72ndnd Minute Núñez scored for the visitors with a stunning free kick from over 25 meters out.
Moments later, Aaron Ramsey should have leveled the visitors when Max Aarons picked out the substitute’s run at the back post, but somehow the midfielder fired over the bar.
With a minute to go, Norwich used more body to push forward to find an equaliser. The Canaries thought they found it when Ramsey’s chance was cleared by the head of Greaves.
In the final moments of injury time, Núñez saw his free-kick attempt being thwarted by Ingram.
Hull City (4-2-3-1): Ingram; Coyle (C), Figueiredo, Greaves, Elder; A Jones, Slater; Allahyar Tufan (Williams 80′), Tetteh (Cannon 63′); Estupiñán (Covil 77′).
Subs (not used): Baxter, McLoughlin, Wilks, C. Jones.
Norwich City (4-3-3): krul; Aarons, Omobamidele, Hanley (C), Sørensen (Gibbs 57′); Dowell (Hernández 67′), McLean, Núñez; Rashica (57th Sargent), Pukki, Cantwell (67th Ramsey).
Subs (not used): Gunn, Gibson, Sinani.