Chances but Town go down at the KCOM Stadium
Jon Nolan and Jordan Graham both went close for Town but goals at either end of the game gave Hull the points.
Jarrod Bowen, a constant threat throughout the 90 minutes, gave Hull the perfect start and could have added to his tally, with Dean Gerken twice denying the wide man with excellent saves.
Nolan headed wide and then shot over, Graham pulled a shot past the far post as Town searched for an equaliser but Jackson Irvine wrapped the points up with a cool finish on 89 minutes.
Flynn Downes’ introduction into midfield was the one change from the Town starting line-up the drew with Norwich before the international break.
It was Hull who got off to a flyer though and they were ahead inside the first four minutes, Bowen getting free inside the box and clipping his shot over Gerken, with Matt Pennington unable to stop the ball going over the line.
Town responded with a Jonas Knudsen long throw headed on by Luke Chambers but Jon Walters couldn’t get on the end of the loose ball to make it count.
Graham was crowded out after Gwion Edwards had opened up some space and crossed from the right, then Nolan headed wide after Pennington had fed a corner back into the danger area.
Bowen was carrying the main threat for the home side and he looked to get in again down the Town left but Chambers was equal to the task.
It needed another timely intervention - this time from Pennington to clear the danger from Stephen Kingsley’s excellent run and cross, Fraizer Campbell then failing to make contact with the ball with a spectacular effort from a cross from the left as the Tigers enjoyed a spell of possession around the Town box.
Bowen was shadowed by Jordan Spence as he looked to add a second, Jordy de Wijs seeing a shot blocked from a corner, then Campbell headed over from another flag kick.
A neat move involving Spence and Nolan enabled Walters to release Graham inside the Hull box, his shot just wide of the far post, then Nolan blazed over from a good chance after Knudsen’s cross.
The Tigers were forced into a change with the injured Daniel Batty replaced by Kevin Stewart, Blues finishing the half on a better note with Graham’s cross cleared at full stretch by Tommy Elphick, then Edwards saw his effort at the far post cannon to safety.
Elphick headed clear from Graham’s cross as Town started the second-half positively, Knudsen’s delivery diverted away from danger by de Wijs, then Graham got in at the far post but the ball skipped away from him.
At the other end Campbell headed wide from Reece Burke’s excellent cross, Gerken denying the former Manchester United striker, Knudsen then in the right place to clear from Kingsley.
Graham tested David Marshall with a right footer from the edge of the box, Kingsley making way for Irvine in Hull’s second change midway through the half.
Bowen teed up Evandro 15 yards out but Pennington read the chip and headed clear, Kayden Jackson replacing Downes in Town’s first change for the final 20 minutes.
Graham’s corner was almost guided in by Walters but seconds later Town needed the feet of Gerken to keep out Bowen again.
Danny Rowe replaced Edwards, the substitute making his first League appearance of the season, Gerken denying Bowen once more with an excellent save, the Tiger then firing over from 20 yards.
Bowen’s free-kick beat everyone and the far post before Irvine sealed the win for the hosts after bursting clear, leaving Town still searching for that first win under Paul Hurst.
Hull: Marshall, de Wijs, Burke, Evandro, Kane, Batty (Stewart 40), Bowen, Henriksen, Kingsley (Irvine 68), Campbell (Martin 86), Elphick. Subs not used: Long, Dicko, Grosicki, McKenzie. Booked: Stewart.
Town: Gerken, Spence, Chambers, Pennington, Knudsen, Edwards (Rowe 78), Skuse, Nolan, Downes (Jackson 72), Graham (Harrison 85), Walters. Subs not used: Bialkowski, Chalobah, Ward, Edun.