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Summary

  1. Hernandez heads Hull in front on debut
  2. Valencia hits stunning Hammers equaliser
  3. Diame then scores against former club
  4. Davies puts Downing cross into his own net
  5. West Ham hit crossbar in injury time

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    So a great night of entertainment in the end served up by Hull and West Ham, who both gave as good as they got.

    It's time to bring this live text to a close, but we will be back tomorrow with Champions League football. Cheerio.

  2. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    An intriguing fixture awaits Hull boss Steve Bruce this weekend as he takes his side to Newcastle. Bruce has been linked with manager's job at St James Park, as pressure appears to be mounting on Alan Pardew.

    It would make for added intrigue if Hull manage to get a win there too.

  3. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Stuie Neale: "Good game that, point about right."

  4. Manager reaction

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Steve Bruce

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce, speaking to Sky Sports: "The two goals, the first one in particular from their new striker, you just have to hold your hands up - it was a wonder goal and it made for a really good night of football. It was open, end-to-end and all credit to West Ham, they played some good football today.

    "If you see [Abel Hernandez] now, poor kid! He has been waiting for two weeks, he has been away in Japan and South Korea and stuck in Rome for the past couple of days waiting for his passport. He was full of life in training and that was what made my mind up - seeing the way he was, so I thought just throw him in. It was great also to see Mo Diame score - a great night for the two new signings."

    "Me and Sam Allardyce are going to have a glass of beer now and say we usually don't play like that!! We are usually a lot tighter!"

  5. All in the stats

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Hull v West Ham stats

    No lack of excitement tonight - and the stats bear that out, 27 attempts at goals, 10 on target.

    Interesting that West Ham, as the away team, had 59% of the possession.

  6. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    How much will West Ham rue that late, late effort by Enner Valencia not going in? The Hammers have a tough couple of games coming up with Liverpool the visitors on Saturday, and then a trip to Manchester United the weekend after.

    Still, it was a good point, especially against a side they will likely find in and around them in the table.

  7. Manager reaction

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    sAM aLLARDYCE

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a bit hair raising for me when you go down twice and probably don't deserve to, especially the second one when Mo Diame scored having just joined them. But we showed great character, I did not think there was much between the two teams.

    "What a goal by Enner Valencia, I think everyone has seen now why we have bought him. I was up and ready to start dancing, which is not a pleasing sight, had the one gone in at the death. But we respect the point, it was a very good performance by the team who will only get better as they get to know each other more."

  8. Player reaction

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    West Ham midfielder Mark Noble on Sky Sports: "We see Enner Valencia do that in training all the time, he has no back-lift but gets incredible power. I did not even see that go in today. I think we showed tonight we are back on our game."

    Hull defender Curtis Davies on his own goal: "As a defender you try to get in the right place and do the right thing but that is disappointing. We now have to get ready for a big game in Newcastle."

  9. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Who would have seen that coming after what can only be described as a bland opening 20 minutes or so?

    In the end, a draw was a fair result and one that surely both managers will be pretty pleased with. Plenty of positives to take from it for both sides.

  10. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nathan Clark: As a west ham fan, very happy with how we played just a shame about the result but promising for future.

    Vinny Person: What a brilliant, brilliant interception from Michael Dawson there at the end to deny West Ham the win.

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  12. Text us on 81111

    From Andy in Armagh: Allan McGregor certainly didn't deserve to be on the losing side tonight. Some great goalkeeping on show from him, great reactions at times.

    There were no losers tonight Andy.

  13. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "West Ham created opportunities, Hull did as well and there were excellent finishes from both of the club's new signings. To get both strikers up and running for the season is great for them."

  14. FULL-TIME

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

  15. CLOSE!

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    So, so close to a winner for West Ham! Enner Valencia's header comes off the shoulder of Michael Dawson and on to the Hull defender's own crossbar. What drama.

  16. YELLOW CARD

    It has all got a bit scrappy as Jake Livermore goes in the referee's book for a lunging challenge on Alex Song. Winston Reid is in the book soon after for a foul on Gaston Ramirez.

    Hull's Jake Livermore brings down West Ham's Alex Song
  17. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Four minutes of stoppage time put up on the fourth official's board. Can anyone find a winner?

  18. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Both Sam Allardyce and Steve Bruce are out patrolling the edge of their respective technical areas as the game enters the final minute. Neither side are taking too many risks at the moment.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Another substitution, another debutant as midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, signed from Marseille on deadline day, replaces Diafra Sakho for West Ham.

    Plenty of reason to be enthused about the season ahead, judging by the performances of some of the two clubs' new signings.

  20. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Jake Livermore tries to pick out Nikica Jelavic with a ball over the defence. The big Hull striker peels away from James Tomkins, but the ball is a bit too high for him and drifts out of play.

  21. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ben Higlett: Schneiderlin's goal vs. Newcastle is already goal of the month. 41 passes, that Pelle flick, and then the curling finish.

    Adam Sharma: 2-2 with the game still up for grabs, plus a strong contender for goal of the season. Cracking Monday night entertainment :)

    Tom Smith: Erm can we have Jenkinson back please?

  22. Last 10

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Into the last 10 minutes of an excellent second half as Robbie Brady shows some great footwork to drive forward for Hull before shooting low and hard at goal, Hammers keeper Adrian is equal to it though and bats the ball away.

  23. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Hatem Ben Arfa can be frustrating at times and his work rate has been questioned but he is a wonderful talent. Steve Bruce can put an arm around him, as he has done with other players, and try to get the best out of him."

    Hull manager Steve Bruce sends on Hatem Ben Arfa
  24. SUBSTITUTION

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    A double sub for Hull City as debutants Mo Diame and Abel Hernandez go off and are replaced by two other new signings in the shape of Gaston Ramirez and Hatem Ben Arfa.

    Not a bad couple of players to be able to chuck on against tiring legs...

    Hull manager Steve Bruce
  25. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Mo Diame shuns the run of Robbie Brady to try and fashion a chance on goal himself, but runs into West Ham legs and the away side clear. At the other end, Michael Dawson produces a great challenge to prevent Enner Valencia from getting a shot off. End-to-end.

  26. Text us on 81111

    From John: Yet another great goal in this game tonight. Great calmness and composure from Diame. But no sooner have I written that then we're all-square again with some awful Hull defending. Does no one want to win this game?

    Jed from London: I wonder how many people switched off after 30 mins #fatladysings.

    From Dan, Angel: For all those people chatting earlier about this being a boring game please go and find a corner to sit in and face the wall. We have a stormer on our hands come on West Ham! Song to get the winner.

  27. SUBSTITUTION

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Time for another debut goal? Carl Jenkinson, on loan from Arsenal, makes his first appearance for West Ham as he replaces Guy Demel.

  28. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Great ball again from Stewart Downing finds Diafra Sakho, whose cushioned header is punched away by Allan McGregor in the Hull goal.

  29. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Enjoying it?

    SΔM L0NGDƎN: who said this game wasn't an advert for the Premier League?

    Rock Steady: Monday night entertainment. More of the same please

    Rock Steady: some sweet goals have been scored in this match. It can only get more interesting

    Lars Wolter: Where are all the doom and gloomers now?!? Great match! #bbcfootball

  30. Post update

    Hull 2-2 West Ham

    Andrew Robertson drills a cross along the ground and into the area for Abel Hernandez, but it hits the striker's feet before he had time to react and deflects out for a goal kick.

    I would not want to call this game, both sides are looking capable of scoring now.

  31. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Stewart Downing has been influential and it was a great ball from. Curtis Davies cannot do a lot about it because the ball came at him too quickly."

    Hull's Curtis Davies turns it into his own net against West Ham
  32. GOAL

    Hull 2-2 West Ham - Curtis Davies OG

    Almost instant reply as West Ham go straight on the attack and Diafra Sakho's shot from Stewart Downing's pass is turned in by helpless Hull captain Curtis Davies. Hull's lead lasted barely three minutes, but what a game we have here!

    Diafra Sakho's shot is deflected in for an own goal against Hull
  33. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "That is a brilliant finish from Mo Diame, but Sam Allardyce will be fuming with Aaron Cresswell, it was a ridiculous decision with his throw-in, I do not know what he was thinking."

  34. GOAL

    Hull 2-1 West Ham - Mo Diame

    Another debut goal! This time it is former Hammer Mo Diame who comes back to haunt his former club, but the Hull goal came from a poor throw by Aaron Creswell. He chucks it straight at Diame, who darts straight into the West Ham area and side-foots a fine effort beyond Adrian. He'll have enjoyed that!

    Mo Diame puts Hull 2-1 in front against West Ham
  35. Text us on 81111

    Your verdict on Enner Valencia's goal....

    Jenni in Newtownards: That was a strike even Tony Yeboah would have been proud of!

    Andrew, Richill: Good grief! The power on that strike from Enner Valencia was incredible. It almost broke the crossbar!

  36. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Mauro Zarate has struggled but this is a good opportunity for Alex Song to come on and influence the game. The good is very even at the moment."

  37. SUBSTITUTION

    Hull 1-1 West Ham

    Hammers boss Sam Allardyce makes his first change as Mauro Zarate goes off and Alex Song comes on for his debut. Can the former Arsenal midfielder join Abel Hernandez in making an instant impression for his new club?

  38. YELLOW CARD

    Hull 1-1 West Ham

    Another booking for Hull as Andrew Roberston goes in the book. Hull need to watch their discipline a little bit - they have had a player sent off in three of the last four league meetings with West Ham.

  39. SUBSTITUTION

    Hull 1-1 West Ham

    A change for Hull as Stephen Quinn goes off and midfielder Robbie Brady comes on.

  40. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    September's goal of the month?

    West Ham celebrate equalising at Hull City

    We've only just found out the winner of August's goal of the month, but we already have a candidate for September's award.

    Will we see a better goal than that this month?

    Let us know via #bbcfootball, text to 81111 (UK only), or jot down your thoughts on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  41. GREAT SAVE!

    Hull 1-1 West Ham

    Stunning again from Abel Hernandez. He scored with his right foot, but this time he has a go with his left as he smashes a volley that requires an equally impressive save by Adrian. On tonight's showing, Hernandez and Enner Valencia are two very welcome additions to the Premier League.

  42. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mark Daws: That's right Hull City, the Hammers spent some money also!

    Nick Main: Vicious from Valencia.

    Mickey Somiah: Enner Valencia, what a hammer of a goal

  43. YELLOW CARD

    Hull 1-1 West Ham

    Tom Huddlestone slides in on Cheikhou Kouyate, taking the West Ham defender's legs and earning himself a yellow card. Stewart Downing clips the subsequent free-kick into the area and Winston Reid flicks the ball on, but Hull keeper Allan McGregor gets to the ball before any West Ham players.

  44. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a strike that is - no real backlift but Allan McGregor is well beaten. What a finish. When the ball was played into his feet he was immediately on the turn and looking to create something."

  45. GOAL

    Hull 1-1 West Ham - Enner Valencia

    Anything you can do....

    What. A. Goal! It is clearly a case of anything you can do I can do better with the big-money signings on show tonight. Enner Valencia outshines Abel Hernandez's opener as he runs square along the edge of the Hull area, opens up a bit of space for himself before curling an absolute stunner from all of 25 yards. Lovely stuff.

    Enner Valencia equalises for West Ham
  46. Post update

    Hull 1-0 West Ham

    Guy Demel skips past a couple of challenges on the right of the Hull area before trying to pick out Enner Valencia. The striker, though, is a little static and Hull are able to head away with relative ease.

  47. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Enner Valencia has been a little ineffective in this game, but he has not had too many opportunities. They maybe need to free him up and get more telling crosses in."

  48. KICK-OFF

    Hull 1-0 West Ham

    As things stand, West Ham are going on form - none of their last 18 Premier League games have ended level (W8 L10). Plenty of time for them yet, though, as they get the second half under way.

  49. Post update

    Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass: Good start from the lads and superb finish. Hope we get 3 points here.

  50. Post update

    Former England captain Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    Abel Hernandez celebrates scoring for Hull

    "There's always something rather pleasing to the eye about a fine headed goal like that of Hull's Hernandez.

  51. Match of the Day 2 - August Goal of the month winner

    A tip of the hat to Chelsea's Andre Schurrle, who takes the Goal of the Month plaudits for August.

    25% of Match of the Day 2 viewers voted for his strike against Burnley, which finished off a magical 25-pass team move.

    Andre Schurrle

    You can check out the full result for August here

  52. Penny for your thoughts?

    Hull 1-0 West Ham

    Hull City owner Assem Allam

    I wonder what Hull City owner Assem Allam makes of all this? Change of heart about selling the club? These are good times for Hull, surely?

  53. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ben Thapa: Boring boring Hull... Bet Arsene Wenger would buy a few dirty 1-0s at the moment...

    Malay Nemane: Everyone below who questioned the integrity of Premier League based on a 0-0 even before the end of first half, eat your words.

    Sirhan alSirhan: Loved Abel's dance!

  54. Half-time stats

    Hull 1-0 West Ham

    Hull City

    Two shots on target for Hull City, both from the impressive Abel Hernandez. West Ham are seeing plenty of the ball but not doing a lot with it. If Sam Allardyce wanted a bigger goal threat from his side, he is not seeing that so far tonight.

  55. You've got to gamble

    Hull 1-0 West Ham

    Hull boss Steve Bruce

    As Steve Bruce said before kick-off: "With Hernandez it is a bit of a gamble because he only trained with us yesterday....."

    Big Sam, on the other hand, opted to leave Alex Song on the bench.

  56. Post update

    Hull 1-0 West Ham

    The Hull City players walk off to a standing ovation, which is most likely directed at the excellent Abel Hernandez.

    The Premier League may have lost one excellent Uruguay international in the shape of Luis Suarez, but has it gained another in Hernandez? Early days, of course, but a great 45 minutes from striker.

  57. HALF-TIME

    Hull 1-0 West Ham

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Sadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was great movement from Hernandez for the goal. He's been lively and he's making things happen."

    Hull's Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic celebrate
  58. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Robert Arthur: Sam Allardyce to get a brown envelope in the morning.

  59. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Hull 1-0 West Ham

    Fantastic stuff again from Abel Hernandez as he wraps his foot around a shot from 25 yards that smacks against the crossbar, Nikica Jelavic is quick to react and head home the rebound but he is offside and it won't count. Much more urgency from both sides, just what the game needed.

    Nikica Jelavic is denied Hull's second as the linesman flags offside
  60. Post update

    Hull 1-0 West Ham

    West Ham are straight on the attack as James Tomkins glances a header wide from a corner. Just three minutes for the Hull defence to hold firm and get into the break ahead.

    Head in hands time from Sam Allardyce.

  61. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Charlie Smith: Blimey. What a lovely header!

  62. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Steve Bruce paid the big money for Hernandez and threw him in. It's paid off. What a great header, Adrian couldn't get near it."

  63. GOAL

    Hull 1-0 West Ham - Abel Hernandez

    The Steve Bruce gamble pays off! What a way to make an instant impression as Abel Hernandez, Hull City's deadline day signing, directs a fine header into the bottom corner from Ahmed Elmohamady's cross.

    Celebrates with vigour too.

    Abel Hernandez heads Hull in front against West Ham
  64. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Arstall: It's embarrassing when people question the Premier League's quality based on one 0-0 game, every league has them, get some perspective.

    James Waller: For every Arsenal v Man City, we have to suffer a Hull v West Ham.

    Cameron Laws: Hull v West Ham an advert for the Premier League? It's an advert for the type of game to avoid watching !

  65. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a brilliant save by Allan McGregor, that really was special. West Ham have come back into this after Hull started brightly and Stewart Downing has been their standout player so far."

  66. GREAT SAVE!

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    That's better! Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho are showing signs of a good understanding and they combine for the best chance of the game so far. Valencia heads a ball into the six-yard box and Diafra Sakho's chested effort is pushed behind by Hull keeper Allan McGregor. Superb save.

  67. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    A great run by Diafra Sakho sees the West Ham striker break into the Hull area and he stabs a pass forward for Enner Valencia, but Michael Dawson does well to slide in and deflect the ball out for a corner.

  68. Text us on 81111

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

    Dave in Bedford via text: So Big Sam wonders if Alex Song is up to the challenge of playing at Hull on a damp Monday night? Where did they get him from, some minnow from a minor European league? Oh no, it was Barcelona.

    Dan via text: You can't help but feel Sam is on borrowed time, as a fan myself I can't bear to watch them as they are so boring. I definitely wouldn't pay £70 to go to Upton Park.

    Dave in London via text: As a Crystal Palace fan it's tough to look at the strength of this Hull side. It feels like we could be at this level if things hadn't gone so wrong this summer.

  69. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Would love to know what is going through Alex Song's mind at the moment. A little over a year ago he was in the Barcelona side as the Spanish giants defeated Rayo Vallecano 4-0. Here he is, on the bench on a chilly Monday night in Hull.

  70. Chance alert

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Probably the best chance of the game so far as Stewart Downing plays a one-two with Aaron Creswell just inside the Hull area and quickly lets fly, but his drive is high and wide.

    Still waiting for that first shot on target...

  71. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Nikica Jelavic almost capitalises on a terrible clearance by Adrian.

    The West Ham keeper hits a back pass first time low along the ground and Jelavic sticks out a boot to intercept and then gets up to chase the loose ball, only to injure himself when challenging Mark Noble for possession.

  72. Text us on 81111

    Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady (left) challenges West Ham United's Diafra Sakho

    Mark H via text: My mates a dead ringer for the ref, that's the only entertaining bit this far for me.

  73. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Warren Elton George: Good to see Cheikhou and Zarate have started for West Ham.

    Jonathan Kitley: I fully expect Diame to have a great game against West Ham. Enjoy it while it lasts Hull fans, he's a one game in seven player.

    Aaron Mortimore: West ham are starting to find there feet after a dominant opening 10 minutes from Hull, but Diame is playing like a man with a grudge.

  74. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Abel Hernandez (left) in action for Hull

    Abel Hernandez shows he is adapting quickly to the physicality of the Premier League as he goes in heavy on Winston Reid. The West Ham man is not happy and angry words are exchanged between the two.

    That's about the extent of drama we have had. It's that sort of game...

  75. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Hull Daily Mail football writer Philip Buckingham: 'City Till We Die' rings out around the ground but other sections of the KC make a point of jeering. A significant first?

  76. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Still no sign of an opener.

    Tom Huddlestone lifts a free-kick into the West Ham area, which is only half cleared, before Mo Diame fires in a cross aimed for Abel Hernandez, but the striker can't get the better of Winston Reid and the ball is out for a goal kick.

  77. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    A damning verdict....

    Andy Bliss: I chose #HULWHU over Eastenders. One of life's regrets. #awful #football #bestleagueinEurope?

  78. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    After having to defend a little bit, Hull are back on the attack as Stephen Quinn and Nikica Jelavic exchange passes on the left before the former crosses into the area, it is far too deep though and drifts out at the far side. The home fans are suitably enthused, though, as they give Quinn some warm applause for his efforts.

    It has been that sort of match so far - a warm applause match.

  79. Text us on 81111

    John via text: West Ham's capture of Alex Song on loan for the season has got to be viewed as one of the best pieces of business during the summer transfer window. He's a great player who will add a lot to this West Ham side, he strengthens them exactly where they needed more power and muscle.

    PFabs in Telford via text: Why is Song on the bench?

  80. Scrappy so far

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Nice work by Stewart Downing as he charges into the Hull half before feeding a pass to Diafra Sakho, who lashes wide a shot that sums up the game so far - scrappy.

  81. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Hull City have some defending to do again as Mark Noble's shot is blocked by Curtis Davies before Diafra Sakho sends a cross towards the far post, where Michael Dawson towers above Enner Valencia to head away.

  82. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Mo Diame is really looking to exert himself. Steve Bruce has given him licence to roam."

  83. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Charlie Smith: Hull have really got some decent names in this squad. Not only that but so many players with a point to prove.

    Ahmed: How many games has Ahmed Elmohamady started for Hull in a row? Consistent, solid and very reliable.

    James Rowan: Hull have got plenty of proven names but Big Sam knows what he's doing.

  84. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham embark on their first foray into the Hull City half as Mauro Zarate swings a ball into the area, which is thighed away by Tom Huddlestone.

    Having been involved in Hull's early attacks, Mo Diame is back defending too. The midfielder is evidently determined to send out a message to his former employer.

  85. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Abel Hernandez wants to go out and make an impression and his first touch has been good in the chances he has had to impress up to now."

  86. Post update

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Mo Diame is straight into the thick of things against his former side as he wins an attacking throw-in for Hull. Andrew Robertson then swings in a teasing cross which is punched away by Adrian, before Abel Hernandez tries to bulldoze his way into the area.

    Bright start by the hosts.

  87. Post update

    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "We wondered earlier what the atmosphere would be like with the potential sale of Hull. I can tell you it's a wonderful atmosphere."

  88. Text us on 81111

    Gary in Preston via text: Can't help thinking this is Big Sam's last game. Hull too strong.

  89. KICK-OFF

    Hull 0-0 West Ham

    Terrific atmosphere inside the KC Stadium as Hull City gets things under way.

  90. Post update

    Hull v West Ham (20:00 BST)

    Hull Daily Mail football writer Philip Buckingham: Never seen Hull City look better on paper. Only Curtis Davies in the starting XI not an international.

  91. Post update

    Hull v West Ham (20:00 BST)

    Steve Bruce certainly seems to have got his wish with regards to Hull City fans getting behind their team and not getting caught up in off-the-pitch matters. Plenty of smiling faces in the home crowd, perhaps hinting at an air of optimism after the club's impressive work in the transfer market.

    Tigers skipper Curtis Davies chats with a Hull City mascot about a football computer game as the players wait in the tunnel. Five minutes until kick off.

    A Hull fan buys a shirt at the KC Stadium
  92. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mark Daws: Big Sam has a mandate to finish in the top ten and it is great seeing the team setting up to attack away from home.

    Jamie Downes: I do like Hull's players. Ben Arfa and Ramirez are class, and Hernandez is an exciting prospect.

  93. Post update

    Hull v West Ham (20:00 BST)

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter: West Ham laid on free coaches for 1,000 plus fans travelling to Hull. Good luck with the A1 on the way back.

  94. Post update

    Hull v West Ham (20:00 BST)

    Autumn is evidently fast approaching. It is not even eight o'clock and there are dark skies above the KC Stadium, where a fair number of fans in the stands have their heads buried in the matchday programme.

    With a number of new players on show tonight, perhaps putting names to the faces?

  95. Post update

    Hull v West Ham (20:00 BST)

    Good news Josh [see previous entry], West Ham co-chairman David Gold tweeted earlier today that Andy Carroll has resumed training and that he hopes to have him back for selection in November.

    Scoring goals was one of West Ham's problems last season, with not one player getting into double figures. Could Enner Valencia and a fit-again Carroll put that right this time?

    Andy Carroll in training for West Ham
  96. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ryan Woodward: West Ham look like a team under a lot of pressure. Somebody whose targets are a bit too above their reach right now.

    Josh Dunne: West Ham to push for Europe when Andy Carroll returns.

  97. "I think Hull will edge this"

    Lawro's prediction

    Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst

    "This is a West Ham team with better attacking options following the transfer window, but I don't see manager Sam Allardyce thinking, 'let's take these on'. They also go there on the back of a 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton, so will be a bit more cautious.

    "Regarding Hull, they've had a proactive transfer window, bringing in the likes of Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez for a club-record £10m fee, while the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa has joined on loan from Newcastle.

    "It will also help them that they are out of the Europa League - you need two good players in every position if you are going to try to balance a cup run and league fixtures. I think the Tigers will edge this one 2-1."

    Read more from Lawro's Premier League predictions

  98. Post update

    Hull v West Ham (20:00 BST)

    Hull v West Ham

    BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington at the KC Stadium: Working with these village idiots on 5 live. Full commentary with Steve Bower and Kevin Kilbane coming up!

  99. Post update

    Hull v West Ham (20:00 BST)

    There have been a fair few tweets asking why Alex Song is not in West Ham's first XI, and Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has given an indication to Sky Sports as to why the on-loan Barcelona midfielder is on the bench: "It is very difficult when you get new players from abroad - when do you put them in? At some stage you have to do it and hope they get up to the level of the Premier League.

    "Our new players have to make an impact. They have to make us more fluent in our play and hopefully produce more goals. Steve Bruce has the same thing at Hull - new players who have joined for this season."

  100. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Alex Barriball: How can Alex Song not be starting for West Ham?

    Bibhash Dash: If Hull finish in top 10 that will keep my better half very happy. If Man Utd finish top four, I'm happy. Peace all round.

    Daniel Walford: Dear Mr Bruce, please put your son in the team tonight so my fantasy team will get points... cheers.

    Bad news, Daniel. Alex Bruce is not involved.

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    Steve Bruce

    Steve Bruce told BBC Radio 5 live earlier that he has taken a bit of a gamble by throwing £10m signing Abel Hernandez straight into the side.

    The Hull boss clearly fancies the Uruguay international to make a quick impression. The forward had a very good record at Italian Serie B champions Palermo last season, scoring 14 goals in 28 games.

    Could he follow in the footsteps off his international team-mate Luis Suarez and make an impact in the Premier League?

  102. Text us on 81111

    Andy via text: The rumours surrounding Steve Bruce's managerial future is certainly going to have had some sort of negative impact on the Hull City players. West Ham could take advantage of that.

    Jenni in Newtownards via text: All the talk has been about the possibility of Steve Bruce taking over at Newcastle. But if things were to go badly at West Ham he could also be first in line to take over at Upton Park after Big Sam!

    Andrew via text: Hull City are definitely a club going places. The recent signings of Abel Hernandez, Mo Diame, Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez tell you that. Hopefully they can keep a hold of Steve Bruce too.

  103. LINE-UPS

    Hull v West Ham (20:00 BST)

    Midfielder Mo Diame makes his Hull City debut against the club he signed from. Diame scored seven goals in 71 Premier League appearances for West Ham. In addition, Uruguay striker and club record £10m signing Abel Hernandez also make his first appearance for the Tigers. Gaston Ramirez and Hatem Ben Arfa are on the bench.

    Both of West Ham's recent signings Alex Song and Morgan Amalfitano are on the bench.

    Hull: McGregor, Davies, Dawson, Robertson, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Diame, Quinn, Hernandez, Jelavic. Subs: Rosenior, Chester, Meyler, Brady, Harper, Ramirez, Ben Arfa.

    West Ham: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Downing, Zarate, Sakho, Valencia. Subs: Jenkinson, Collins, Amalfitano, Jaaskelainen, Song, Cole, Vaz Te.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  104. What's in a name?

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    Hull City

    When talk of changing Hull City's name to Hull Tigers first emerged last season, fans made their feelings known with protests and chants against Assem Allam's plan to change the name.

    Steve Bruce acted as peace-broker back then and is doing the same again after Allam's comments towards the end of last week reignited the debate.

    "My appeal to all [fans] is that they can have their thoughts. But once it gets to matchday, we need them to get behind the team," Bruce said in the Hull Daily Mail. "We need them to do that, because if it becomes fractious then it becomes difficult. When it becomes difficult then it can affect the team. That is why I appeal to the fans."

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    Former Hull winger Kevin Kilbane at the KC Stadium

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You would hope what's going on off the pitch doesn't impact on the atmosphere. I don't think it will because there's new signings and there's a real positive vibe about the club at the moment."

  106. Unwanted distractions

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    Hull have started this season slightly better than West Ham, picking up four points from their first three games, but it is off-the-pitch matters that perhaps threaten to derail their campaign.

    Last week, the club's beleaguered owner Assem Allam revealed that the club is up for sale as he continues to fight for a change of name to Hull Tigers, while manager Steve Bruce was linked with Newcastle over the weekend as pressure mounts on Toon boss Alan Pardew.

    Tigers fans will look to their impressive list of deadline-day arrivals to provide a welcome distraction to the goings on off the pitch.

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    Hull City Official: Here's the cover for tonight's programme v West Ham.

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    Hull City manager Steve Bruce, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, on his decision to feature all four of his new signings in his 18 tonight: "Certainly Abel Hernandez is a bit of a gamble because he only just trained with us yesterday. I thought 'why not? Let's just throw him in and hope he makes an immediate impact'."

    Hull and Uruguay star Abel Hernandez
  109. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    What would a successful season look like for Hull City and West Ham?

    Alex: Keeping Steve Bruce as Hull manager.

    Dan James: Top 10 finish and a decent FA Cup run would do West Ham good.

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    Mohamed Diame

    So it is a swift reunion with West Ham for new Hull City midfielder Mohamed Diame. He fired off a parting shot following his deadline day move to the KC Stadium from the Hammers, accusing Sam Allardyce of stalling his career by playing him in different positions.

    Cue Allardyce's response: "It's Mo's opinion, isn't it? He had two seasons with us. We expected him to improve on his first season and he did not go on as far as we expected from there on."

    Awkward times all round.

  111. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Abel Hernandez and Mohamed Diame making their debuts for Hull City. Fellow new signings Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez are on the bench. Enner Valencia makes his first league start for West Ham, while Alex Song is on the bench.

  112. Bank on Ben Arfa?

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    It has to be said, Hull City were certainly one of the winners on transfer deadline day and the loan capture of Hatem Ben Arfa was particularly impressive.

    His direct running and on-the-ball flair was often a joy to watch when Newcastle played, but he found himself, for whatever reason, seemingly frozen out at the North East club, and was knocking about in the reserves before Bruce came calling.

    "There is no doubt about Ben Arfa's ability," said Bruce. "I think he might just have something to prove and when someone has got a fire burning inside them to prove people wrong then sometimes you can benefit from that. Let's hope so."

    Hatem Ben Arfa in action for Newcastle against Aston Villa
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    What would a successful season look like for Hull City and West Ham?

    Reece McCarthy: Top 10 finishes for both Hull and West Ham.

    James Chesson: Both should finish safely in mid-table, so perhaps a top half finish or slightly lower with a decent cup run.

    Charlie Hart: If Big Sam can find his best team then West Ham could push for the top eight.

  114. Coming up...

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Hull City winger Kevin Kilbane is at the KC Stadium alongside Steve Bower for BBC Radio 5 live. Build-up with Mark Chapman, who also presents the day's sports news, starts at 19:00 BST.

    Full match commentary with Steve and Kevin from 20:00 BST and you can listen by clicking on the 'Live coverage' tab at the top of the page.

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    Before a ball was even kicked this season the pressure was on Sam Allardyce to get results, but it has not been the best of starts by the Hammers. They have won one of their opening three games, suffering defeats in the other two which included a disappointing 3-1 home loss to Southampton.

    Allardyce accused his players of becoming a bit "too cocky" against the Saints, having beaten Crystal Palace comfortably in the game before, but he believes the arrival of Alex Song could inspire the rest of the West Ham squad on to bigger and better things.

    "Other players look up to a player like him," he said. "They will all get lifted by a player who has played consistently at the top level. That is the type of reaction we are looking for from him."

    Will his arrival have the desired impact? Time will tell...

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    West Ham: Plenty of media interest as the Hammers arrive at the KC Stadium.

    The Hammers have lost seven of the last nine Premier League games stretching back to last season. Can manager Sam Allardyce turn that form around?

  117. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    So then Hull and West Ham fans, given the signings made by your respective clubs, what would be considered a successful season? Survival? A top-10 challenge? Or, just simply, some entertaining football?

    Also, both Hull and West Ham have got what could be considered a transfer coup in the shape of Alex Song and Hatem Ben Arfa so, with that in mind, which is the best signing made by the less fancied sides during the summer transfer window?

    Let us know via #bbcfootball, text to 81111 (UK only), or jot down your thoughts on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

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    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter: At the KC Stadium. Just bumped into an ebullient Steve Bruce, clearly very excited about Hull City's new signings.

  119. Bruce's big signings

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    Steve Bruce was also a busy man during the summer transfer window. He splashed out a club record £10m to sign Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez on deadline day, while Mo Diame arrived from West Ham, Gaston Ramirez from Southampton and Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle.

    Ramirez and Ben Arfa made an impression in a behind-closed-doors friendly with West Brom last week, with both scoring in a 2-2 draw.

    The Tigers certainly need the lift a few new faces can often provide, especially after their performance in the 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa last-time out, with Bruce saying: "The performance in the first half was the worst I can remember in the time I've been at the club. For the travelling supporters who witnessed it, you have to apologise."

    The new quartet could well get their chance to impress tonight.

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    Enner Valencia

    Sam Allardyce's signing of Alex Song certainly caught the eye, but another new arrival will no doubt be hoping to make an impression tonight.

    Enner Valencia has been eased into life in the Premier League this season, following his exploits at the recent World Cup with Ecuador. He was his national team's top scorer at the tournament with three goals but has made only a couple of cameo appearances off the bench for West Ham in the league, and has yet to get off the mark.

    "He's ready to get the opportunity to go and play," Allardyce said recently. "It's the goal threat we really need more of this season. Him being one of our major signings, we hope he's going to be very successful."

    No pressure then...

  121. Post update

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    Alex Song

    It will certainly be unfamiliar territory for the Cameroon international.

    After nine successive seasons of playing Champions League football with first Arsenal and then Barcelona, it may well be all about getting the sleeves rolled up for a potential scrap for Premier League survival this time.

  122. From Bernabeu to Humber Bridge...

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    Alex Song

    One of the biggest surprises of the summer transfer window was arguably Big Sam's capture of Alex Song on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

    Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal were all linked with a move for the 27-year-old, but it was to the somewhat surprising destination of Upton Park for Song, as he was paraded before the Hammers' game against Southampton on 29 August, with his signing confirmed a few hours earlier.

    His Barcelona debut came in front of 85,000 people at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid, tonight he could make his West Ham debut at Hull. How times change.

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    Hull City v West Ham. It may not be the kind of game to get the pulses racing, but it nevertheless has the potential to be an intriguing contest.

    Two sides determined to avoid being in a relegation fight this season. Two sides who invested heavily in the summer.

    There could well be a number of new faces on show tonight, but will the raft of changes bring with it better fortunes?

  124. Back to business

    There will have been few managers as pleased to have seen the arrival of the international break as Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce.

    Prior to players jetting off to join their respective international team-mates, Hull City put in what Bruce described as one of the worst first-half performances in his two years at the club as they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa...

    Steve Bruce

    ...West Ham, meanwhile, suffered their second successive home defeat in the Premier League to Southampton, with Sam Allardyce accusing his players of being a bit 'too cocky'...

    Sam Allardyce

    ...both managers addressed their concerns by bringing in new faces on transfer deadline day, and both will be keen to see an immediate improvement in performance.

    But will it be Bruce or Allardyce who will be smiling by the end of tonight?