Hull City demolished Burton Albion in a 4-1 victory with a hat trick from Abel Hernandez leading the way for them.
The Tigers didn’t play in the Carabao Cup First Round meaning that they were able to get a break during the week. However Burton did have to play in the cup this week, beating Oldham Athletic 3-2, which gave them a disadvantage going into this match.
And that extra bit of rest was clear to see early in the game as Hull took the lead. With just seven minutes on the clock, Markus Henriksen came close when he smashed a shot onto the bar. But Hernandez, who did brilliantly for Hull the last time they were in this league, was able to follow it up and head the ball in to open the scoring.
Burton though did show plenty of fight and were able to get an equaliser before the end of the first half. Jackson Irvine, one of Burton’s best last season and someone who has been attracting plenty of interest this summer, scored with a great shot into the top corner that not even the best goalkeeper in the world would have had much of a chance to. Irvine’s day did get much worse though just a few minutes later as he was sent off for a second bookable offence.
And with that extra man, Hull took advantage in the second half. Kamil Grosicki got his first ever Hull goal and was able to restore their lead when he headed in from an Ola Aina cross and Hernandez got his second with a simple finish past Stephen Bywater. And in what was quickly becoming a rout, Hernandez got his hat trick and the match ball when he ran onto a Sam Clucas ball and was able to coolly score past Bywater once again.
Hull City are now 5th in the Sky Bet Championship and will next have an exiting match against Wolves. Burton are now at the bottom of the league and have a tricky match against Middlesbrough next.