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Hull City 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Sam Clucas scores for Hull
Sam Clucas's goal was Hull's first in 344 minutes of football

Hull City's return to the Championship following relegation began with a win over a spirited Huddersfield Town.

Steve Bruce's Tigers took until the end of the first half to finally break Town down and only led when Sam Clucas fired in a shot on the rebound.

On-loan Arsenal striker Chuka Akpom ended any Huddersfield resistance, thumping in from close range.

The Terriers played some neat football but were unable to create any clear chances to trouble the home side.

This victory was Hull's fifth win in six against Huddersfield and Town's fourth consecutive opening-day defeat.

Sam Clucas celebrates his opener
Sam Clucas celebrates his opener following his move from Chesterfield during the summer

While owner Assem Allam has continued to support Bruce in the transfer market, the goalscoring pair of Clucas and Akpom among their summer arrivals, his long-term future is in doubt after the bid to change the club's name to Hull Tigers was thrown out by the FA for a second time.

BBC Sport has learned that he will not attend any Tigers games this season.

On the field, they were gifted the opener when Jonathan Hogg's pass was cut out in the Terriers' half.

When Clucas was played in at the back post, his shot was initially saved by Alex Smithies but the winger turned in at the second attempt.

It was Hull's first league goal in 344 minutes and came during a half low on chances, while Jason Davidson could only flash a rare opportunity over for the visitors.

Akpom's shot after the break was a rare bright spot in a fairly low-key second half and Nakhi Wells's late half-chance proved Huddersfield's best of the second period.

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Hull manager Steve Bruce on Sam Clucas: "It just goes to show if you have got the attitude never give up. There are some great success stories in things like that."

On owner Assem Allam's absence: "Towards the end of the season there were some mindless idiots throwing stones at their house. It happened more than once over the summer."

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell: "My players really played well today at a place where not many teams will take points.

"We were playing a team who have aspirations for the top two, let alone the top six. It was crucial moments today (when the goals came). The response in the second half was positive."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 5TaylorSubstituted forAlukoat 65'minutes
  • 21Dawson
  • 6Davies
  • 26Robertson
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 20HaydenBooked at 30mins
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 11Clucas
  • 19AkpomSubstituted forLuerat 83'minutes
  • 18JelavicSubstituted forMeylerat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Meyler
  • 12Maguire
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 24Aluko
  • 32Luer
  • 33Dixon
  • 34Jahraldo-Martin

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 14Cranie
  • 5HudsonBooked at 68mins
  • 33Lynch
  • 2SmithBooked at 28minsSubstituted forMillerat 65'minutes
  • 6HoggSubstituted forHammillat 80'minutes
  • 4WhiteheadSubstituted forDempseyat 83'minutes
  • 8Butterfield
  • 3Davidson
  • 21Wells
  • 17BunnBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 11Miller
  • 13Murphy
  • 15Wallace
  • 20Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 22Dempsey
  • 25Hammill
  • 32Tronstad
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
19,361

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Foul by Jason Davidson (Huddersfield Town).

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Huddersfield Town).

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells with a through ball.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

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

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

Greg Luer (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Greg Luer (Hull City).

Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jason Davidson.

Booking

Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town).

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jason Davidson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Greg Luer replaces Chuba Akpom.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Kyle Dempsey replaces Dean Whitehead.

Foul by Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town).

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Adam Hammill replaces Jonathan Hogg.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Isaac Hayden (Hull City) because of an injury.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Nikica Jelavic.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Harry Bunn.

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 2, Huddersfield Town 0. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1MK Dons11004133
2Charlton11002023
3Hull11002023
4Sheff Wed11002023
5Birmingham11002113
6Wolves11002113
7Brighton11001013
8Brentford10102201
9Ipswich10102201
10Burnley10101101
11Cardiff10101101
12Fulham10101101
13Leeds10101101
14Bolton10100001
15Derby10100001
16Middlesbrough00000000
17Preston00000000
18Blackburn100112-10
19Reading100112-10
20Nottm Forest100101-10
21Bristol City100102-20
22Huddersfield100102-20
23QPR100102-20
24Rotherham100114-30
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