Dame N’Doye scored one and set up another on his full debut as Hull climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Aston Villa.
The Senegalese striker, a deadline day signing, was the key figure in a scrappy 2-0 victory that could nevertheless have a profound effect on both sides’ battle against the drop.
He showed a fine first touch and good awareness to tee up Nikica Jelavic for the 22nd-minute opener and settled matters deep in the second half with a close-range finish.
After drawing with Manchester City at the weekend a rare win on home soil — just their third this term — confirmed a feeling of renewedoptimism in East Yorkshire, withthe Tigers up three places to 15th.
But for Villa, the outlook is grim. Not only does the result see them slump into the bottom three, it poses serious questions about their ability to bounce back.
McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore (Quinn 90), Huddlestone, Meyler, Brady, Jelavic (Ramirez 66),N’Doye (Hernandez 87).
Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Gil, Westwood, Delph, Sinclair (Cole 59), Agbonlahor, Weimann (Benteke 46).