Hull scored six second-half goals to thrash Fulham and go seven points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

It was the Tigers' biggest-ever victory in the Premier League.

Ahmed Elmohamady started the rout with a 15-yard shot before Robert Koren swept in from Yannick Sagbo's cross and George Boyd drove in a third.

Tom Huddlestone thumped in his first goal since April 2011, Matty Fryatt tapped in a fifth and Koren prodded in the sixth from close range.

Tigers among the goals

Hull had scored seven goals in eight home games before Christmas but have now managed eight in their last two matches at the KC Stadium.

Huddlestone had promised not to cut his hair until he ended his goal drought. His long-delayed trim started within seconds of him scoring as he ran to the touchline so a member of Hull's backroom staff could snip off a lock of the midfielder's hair.

It was only the fourth occasion this season that Steve Bruce's side have managed more than one goal in a game and it doubled their previous best Premier League win, a 3-0 victory over West Brom in October 2008.

After a five-match winless run, and with games against Liverpool and Chelsea to follow, it could be a pivotal result for the buoyant Tigers.

Fulham prepare for key matches against West Ham and Sunderland in an altogether different mood after a fourth defeat in six matches under new manager Rene Meulensteen.

'Unbelievable day' for Hull - Bruce

Any optimism derived from their 2-1 win at Norwich on Thursday was extinguished in a hapless second 45 minutes at the KC Stadium and they have now conceded 15 goals in their last four games and 41 this season.

Meulensteen made six changes and Fulham were actually the first to threaten when a sweeping passing move ended with Ashkan Dejagah feeding John Arne Riise for the Norwegian to force a save from Allan McGregor, who had been passed fit after a scan on a knee injury.

But the Tigers quickly began to dominate and Huddlestone had one free-kick from a tight angle pushed away by Fulham keeper David Stockdale, who was on loan at Hull during their run to promotion last season, and was then denied by the post from a similar effort.

Huddlestone breaks drought

The Hull midfielder had not managed to find the net since scoring in Tottenham's 3-3 draw at Arsenal in April 2011.

As the Tigers pressed, Stockdale pushed over the bar after Boyd met Elmohamady's cross with a stab at goal before Sagbo just missed with a curling shot.

After the interval Stockdale was forced into action again when he pushed away a powerful effort from Sagbo and blocked Koren's follow-up, but four minutes after the break the pressure finally told.

Huddlestone's corner was only cleared to the edge of the area by Bryan Ruiz and Elmohamady took a touch before finding the top corner.

Meulensteen 'shocked' by thrashing

Just before the hour Sagbo clipped a cross behind Aaron Hughes for Koren to guide in a second and the hosts added a third when Jake Livermore slipped a pass through for Boyd, the Fulham defenders backed away and the winger found the net from the edge of the area.

Stockdale saved from Figueroa but Huddlestone thumped in to the bottom corner from 25 yards to make it four and when the Cottagers goalkeeper pushed Huddlestone's free-kick on to the bar, Fryatt reacted first to touch in from a couple of yards.

The sixth came when Stockdale, who impressed despite conceding half a dozen goals, produced a scrambled save to deny Danny Graham only for Koren to poke the rebound into an empty net.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 14 Livermore (Graham - 73' )
  • 05 Chester
  • 06 Davies
  • 27 Elmohamady (McShane - 77' )
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 20 Sagbo (Fryatt - 67' )
  • 10 Koren
  • 17 Boyd

Substitutes

  • 04 Bruce
  • 07 Meyler
  • 09 Graham
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 15 McShane
  • 22 Harper
  • 23 Faye

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 22 Zverotic
  • 03 Riise
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 18 Hughes
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 10 Ruiz (Kacaniklic - 60' )
  • 14 Karagounis (Richardson - 74' )
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 08 Kasami
  • 24 Dejagah (Bent - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 15 Richardson
  • 23 Boateng
  • 27 Riether
  • 30 David
  • 39 Bent
  • 40 Bettinelli
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 23,925

Match Stats

Shots

21 5

On target

13 2

Corners

6 1

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hull City 6, Fulham 0.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 6, Fulham 0.

90:00 +0:37

Tom Huddlestone went off injured after Hull City had used all subs.

88:52

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:52

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Hull City).

88:20

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

86:32

Attempt missed. George Boyd (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone following a set piece situation.

86:27

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

86:27

Matty Fryatt (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 6, Fulham 0. Robert Koren (Hull City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

83:51

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

80:43

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:43

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Hull City).

80:09

Attempt missed. Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

80:00

Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:16

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:16

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Hull City).

77:47

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

77:47

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Paul McShane replaces Ahmed Elmohamady.

74:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Kieran Richardson replaces Giorgos Karagounis.

73:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 5, Fulham 0. Matty Fryatt (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

73:11

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

72:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Danny Graham replaces Jake Livermore.

72:08

Hand ball by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).

68:57

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

68:53

Attempt saved. Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami.

67:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Matty Fryatt replaces Yannick Sagbo.

66:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 4, Fulham 0. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

65:57

Attempt saved. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert Koren.

63:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Darren Bent replaces Ashkan Dejagah.

62:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 3, Fulham 0. George Boyd (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

61:03

Attempt blocked. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

59:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Bryan Ruiz.

59:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 2, Fulham 0. Robert Koren (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo with a cross.

57:31

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:31

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

55:24

Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).

55:24

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:01

Hand ball by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

48:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 1, Fulham 0. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

48:05

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

48:01

Attempt saved. Robert Koren (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

47:57

Attempt saved. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

47:12

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:12

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

46:12

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 0, Fulham 0.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 0, Fulham 0.

45:00 +0:57

Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:57

Foul by Liam Rosenior (Hull City).

41:57

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

38:26

Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:26

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

36:12

Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega with a headed pass.

34:11

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

32:39

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:39

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

31:56

Attempt blocked. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross.

31:30

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

29:12

Attempt missed. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Maynor Figueroa.

26:05

Attempt saved. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:02

Attempt blocked. Robert Koren (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo.

20:52

Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).

20:52

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:25

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

19:23

Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

19:23

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:46

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by David Stockdale.

18:44

Attempt saved. George Boyd (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

18:16

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from long range on the right from a direct free kick.

17:21

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

17:21

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:04

Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).

12:04

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:02

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:02

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

7:48

Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:48

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

6:06

Attempt saved. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.

3:25

Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:25

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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