The Tigers picked up their first three points of the season with a hard fought win over Norwich. Robbie Brady’s 22nd minute penalty was enough to seal the victory for Hull despite having to play the last hour of the match with ten men after Yannick Sagbo was dismissed for an attempted head butt.
The visitors got off to a strong start and should have taken the lead but new signing Leroy Fer headed wide and shortly afterwards Nathan Redmond, another new signing, forced a good save with a shot from the edge of the box.
Hull took the lead half way through the first half when Sagbo was felled by Michael Turner in the area. Brady stepped up and coolly slotted away The Tigers’ first goal of the season.
Yannick Sagbo went from hero to villain when, half an hour into the game, he lost his temper and attempted to head butt Norwich’s Russell Martin. Referee Mike Jones showed no hesitation in producing the red card and sending the striker for an early bath only thirty minutes into his home debut.
Norwich had the lions share of possession from this point onwards but Hull defended resolutely and sometimes desperately to hold on for the three points. Norwich had few chances after the sending off but the ones that they did have were kept out by Alan McGregor who had a fantastic game and should have earned the man of the match award.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel had The Canaries’ best chance but his header was saved in spectacular style by McGregor.
Steve Bruce said at the start of the season that Hull would need ten wins to stay up so in his eyes this will be one down, nine to go. Chris Hughton was dismayed by the penalty decision but should have his side fired up and ready to go for next week’s game against Southampton.