Two goals from Stuart Elliott gave Hull all three points as Brentford were defeated at the KC Stadium, but The Bees forced Hull to work to the last for their victory. Martin Allen made four changes after Brentford's energy sapping penalty victory over Bristol City less than 48 hours previously, and a formation change. Andy Myers came in to play alongside Michael Turner and Sam Sodje in a back three, meaning Andrew Frampton and stand-in captain Kevin O'Connor
had wing back roles. Jay Tabb and Alex Rhodes were promoted from being substitutes on Thursday and new signing Richard Pacquette was given a Brentford debut. John Salako, Isaiah Rankin and Matt Harrold made way while Stewart Talbot was suspended.
Hull had the better of the first half and Stuart Nelson made a great save to deny Stuart Green an early goal. Green raced onto a Nicky Barmby through ball and Nelson had to save low away to his right. Nelson also saved a stinging Barmby drive from twenty-five yards and Green curled a free kick narrowly over.
However, Brentford were solid in defence and Rhodes was a danger in attack, his pace troubling Hull on quite a few occasions. Most notably when he nipped in behind the City defence and forced Bo Myhill in the home goal to save at his feet.
Hull's goal came just past the half hour. Barmby fed Marc Joseph on the right wing, and his right wing cross was headed powerfully past Nelson by Elliott. It was an excellent header and Nelson had no chance.
Brentford pushed forward after conceding and Frampton had a powerful left foot volley blocked inside the penalty area. Chris Hargreaves also headed wide as The Bees looked for an equaliser but they went in at the break a goal behind.
Salako was thrown into the game after the break replacing Sodje as Brentford changed their shape, and Ryan Peters was also brought on to replace Jamie Lawrence early in the second period. The switch to 4-4-2 clearly suited The Bees as the visitors were the only team in the game after half time.
The Bees thought they had good claims for a penalty in the 53rd minute as Peter's first chance almost brought him an immediate reward. His right wing cross found Pacquette and his shot cannoned off a Hull player with Brentford appealing that it had hit his arm.
Peters had a shot blocked as Hull were unable to clear a Salako corner and Hargreaves sliced a shot wide as Brentford attempted to turn their possession and clear territorial advantage into an equaliser.
But Hull hit them with a sucker punch as Elliott added a magnificent second goal to his earlier header. He picked up a loose ball and fired in a shot from fully 40 yards. It swerved and dipped past a helpless Nelson to give Hull an unassailable lead.
Still Brentford were unbowed and John Salako forced Myhill into a low save in the dying minutes, but Brentford were unable to get a goal, the minimum they deserved for a fantastic and spirited performance.
Line-up: Nelson; Sodje (sub Salako 46 mins), Turner, Myers; O'Connor, Lawrence (sub Peters 52 mins), Hargreaves, Frampton (Harrold 84 mins); Tabb; Pacquette, Rhodes.
Subs (not used): Somner, Julian.
Match report by Chris Wickham.